California Redwoods rookie Levi Anderson

Why Redwoods traded Levi Anderson one month after drafting him

By Jerome Taylor | Jun 12, 2024

With Ryder Garnsey manning the left wing, Garrett Degnon's impressive debut, and Degnon’s quickly established chemistry with Charlie Bertrand (another lefty), the path for Levi Anderson, the 21st pick in the 2024 College Draft, cracking the depth chart for the California Redwoods didn’t seem likely. 

So, the Redwoods traded Anderson, sending him to the Maryland Whipsnakes ahead of this weekend’s games in Philadelphia. 

“You want to do what’s best for the player,” Redwoods general manager and head coach Nat St. Laurent said Wednesday after the trade was announced.

In return for Anderson, the Redwoods picked up the Whipsnakes’ fourth-round draft pick in next year’s College Draft, so they’re back to having a total of four picks in 2025. 

On top of those, the Woods also essentially already made their first selection in the 2025 draft when they traded their 2025 third-round pick to select Virginia defender Cole Kastner (who is playing basketball at Stanford this fall during his graduate year) as a stash piece with the last selection in the 2024 College Draft. 

The 0-1 Redwoods will face the 3-0 New York Atlas this Sunday.