Former Montana Grizzly Will Cherry signs contract with Golden State Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. – Former Montana Grizzlies men’s basketball star Will Cherry is taking another shot at the NBA. The Oakland native signed a contract with his hometown Golden State Warriors on Monday.

ESPN and SB Nation have both reported the deal is an “Exhibit 10” contract. An Exhibit 10 agreement includes a one-year NBA contract for the league minimum, but it is not guaranteed. If the player is released, he receives a bonus to play with the team’s G-League affiliate. It is likely Cherry could end up on the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State’s G-League team, this season.

Cherry has made several appearances on NBA Summer League teams. His only regular-season action in the NBA came in 2014-15, when he played eight games for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 27-year-old has spent the past four seasons playing for European teams in Lithuania, Germany, Turkey and most recently Croatia. With Cedevita Zagreb in 2017-18, the 6-foot-1 point guard averaged 11.8 points and 4.1 assists in Euro Cup play.

Cherry starred from 2009-10 through 2012-13 at Montana, twice winning Big Sky Conference defensive player of the year while breaking the school record with 265 career steals. His 1,484 points rank eighth all-time at UM.

Derek Buerkle

Derek Buerkle

Derek has worked in sports at KPAX-TV in Missoula since 2007. He grew up in Big Timber, Montana, and attended the University of Montana journalism program.
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