Cavs add Cooper, Nance, Powell to training camp roster

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed Sharife Cooper, Pete Nance, and Justin Powell, the team announced on Wednesday.

With these additions, Cleveland has 20 players on its training camp roster.

Cooper, 22, appeared in 25 games (all starts) last season with the Cleveland Charge(Cavs’ G League team, averaging 21.3 points, 6.3 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 0.84 steals in 32.4 minutes. The 6-1 guard was named All-NBA G League Second Team and was also selected to the 2023 NBA G League Next Up Game during NBA All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City.

During the 2023 Summer League in Las Vegas, he appeared in four games (all starts) for the Cavaliers, averaging 13.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 21.5 minutes while helping the Cavs win their first Summer League Championship. Cooper was drafted 48th overall in the 2021 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks after one collegiate season at Auburn (2020-21).

The 23-year-old Nance, who reportedly signed an Exhibit 10 team with the team in June, went undrafted after one season at the University of North Carolina (2022-23) and four seasons at Northwestern University (2018-22), averaging 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 25.3 minutes in 137 games (104 starts) during his collegiate career.

A Cavaliers 2023 Summer League Championship team member, the 6-11 forward appeared in all six games, averaging 7.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 20.4 minutes. Nance is also the son of former Cavs star Larry Nance Sr., and the brother of Cavs forward Larry Nance Jr.

Powell, 22, also went undrafted after playing three seasons collegiately at Auburn, Tennessee, and Washington State, with career averages of 7.8 points, 2.2 assists, and 3.2 rebounds in 25.0 minutes.

The 6-6 guard appeared in two games for the Miami Heat at the 2023 Summer League in Las Vegas and one game at the California Classic in Sacramento.

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