Wisconsin Herd: uniforms and players

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The Wisconsin Herd have unveiled their home and away uniforms, bringing the season just a little closer – we now sit just 31 days from their November 17 home opener.

Here’s a glimpse at the Jerseys:

Gary Payton II

The Herd has signed on Gary Payton II to a two-way contract.  Payton II originally signed with Milwaukee on April 2 and played in six games during the 2016-17 season where he averaged 3.3 points, 2.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds. He appeared in four preseason games and averaged 7.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists.  Payton II will likely see significant time with the Wisconsin Herd this upcoming season.

The Herd has also acquired the returning player rights to Xavier Munford in a trade with the Greensboro Swarm. The Herd also received Greensboro’s second round pick in the 2018 NBA G League Draft in exchange for the team’s first round selections in 2017 and 2018.

“Xavier has competed at the highest levels of professional basketball in the NBA, NBA G League and internationally,” said Herd General Manager Dave Dean. “After working with Xavier throughout Bucks training camp, we see untapped potential and could not be more excited to add the former NBA G League All-Star to the Herd roster.”

Munford, 25, was a member of the 2017 USA AmeriCup Team that finished 5-0 and won the gold medal in Argentina. He averaged 10.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

Munford split time between the Greensboro Swarm of the NBA G League and FC Barcelona Lassa last season. He averaged 19.4 points per game and appeared in 71 games during the previous two NBA G League seasons, including the 2016-17 season with the Swarm and the 2015-16 season with the Bakersfield Jam. Munford played in 14 games for the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2015-16 season and averaged 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

The Wisconsin Herd will participate in its inaugural NBA G League Draft on Saturday, Oct. 21.

And in case you missed it, Bronson Koenig, who was the first player to sign with the Wisconsin Herd and who was later released, had been signed by the Bulls several weeks back.  Over the weekend, the Bulls released him.  Former Wisconsin Badger teammate Nigel Hayes was also released over the weekend by the Knicks.  Both are likely to end up somewhere in the NBA G League.

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