Archive for March 9th, 2011

The Texas Legends announced today that guard Rashad McCants has reported back to the team and is expected to be active for tonight’s game, as the Legends host the Sioux Falls Skyforce at 7:00 PM at HP Court inside Dr Pepper Arena.

McCants, 26, was assigned to the Legends from the Dallas Mavericks training camp and played in three games with Texas, before exploring options overseas. He becomes one of four Legends players to have been drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft.

In his three games with the Legends earlier this season, McCants averaged 12.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists, including a season-high 20 points in his first game with the team against Austin.

Despite leaving the storied college program of the University of North Carolina after just three years, McCants ranks 14th all-time in scoring at the school and is tied for second with 221 career three-point field goals. He also helped lead the Tar Heels to the 2005 National Championship.

He was drafted in the first round (14th overall) in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. McCants played in parts of four seasons with the T-Wolves and later the Sacramento Kings. In 249 career NBA games, the guard has averaged 10.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.

Chris Roberts, a 22-year-old guard out of Bradley University, was also acquired via the available player pool. He played in one game at the start of the season with the Idaho Stampede, in which he scored four points and grabbed two rebounds. Roberts has appeared on ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 Plays five times, including his 75-foot buzzer beater to defeat Oakland in the 2009 Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament Quarterfinal. Roberts will also be active for tonight’s contest.

The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday rookie centre Solomon Alabi has been reassigned to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League.

This will be Alabi’s third assignment to Erie. He has played a total of 11 games for the BayHawks where he has contributed averages of 8.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 22.1 minutes. Alabi has posted two double-doubles with Erie, his latest being January 9 versus the Maine Red Claws with 20 points (9-11 FG) and 11 rebounds in 31 minutes

Alabi has appeared in 10 games with the Raptors, totaling four points and nine rebounds in 40 minutes.

A native of Nigeria, Alabi, was named All-ACC Defensive Team in his two full seasons at FSU. He started all 67 games, leading the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament twice and the ACC Tournament Championship Game as a redshirt freshman. He averaged a school record 2.1 blocked shots per game for his career. He also shot .534 per cent from the field in his two-plus seasons with the Seminoles.

The club acquired the draft rights to Alabi from the Dallas Mavericks on June 24. He was the 50th overall selection in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Baron Davis out due to death of grandmother

Cavaliers guard Baron Davis’ grandmother Lela “Madea” Nicholson passed away Monday in Los Angeles. Baron did not accompany the team to Milwaukee Tuesday night following the Cavaliers home game against the Warriors and he will now return home to L.A. to be with his family.

As many already know, Baron selected number 85 for his Cavaliers jersey number in tribute to Madea, as her house was on 85th Street.

No specific date for his return to the team has been established.

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have signed guard Jerel McNeal to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

McNeal has started all 40 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League, averaging 19.5 points, 4.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds. He was a member on both the Charlotte Bobcats and Chicago Bulls’ Summer League rosters then joined the Houston Rockets for the preseason before joining the Vipers.

McNeal went to Belgium to begin his playing career with Dexia Mons-Hainaut after being undrafted in the 2009 NBA Draft.  In 14 Belgian league games with the team, McNeal averaged 15.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 28 minutes per game.

The Chicago native played four years for Marquette University. McNeal ranks first all-time for the Golden Eagles in points (1,985), steals (287) and games played (130). He was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection along with a Second Team All-America selection by the Associated Press his final season. McNeal averaged 19.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.0 steals in 35 minutes his senior season at Marquette.

The Hornets roster now stands at 15.

Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor announced today that the team has signed center Marcus Cousin (pronounced coo-ZON) of the NBA Development League’s Austin Toros to a 10-day contract.  Cousin becomes the NBA’s 14th D-League Call-Up and 12th different player promoted to the NBA this season.  Following the transaction, the Jazz roster now stands at 15 players.

Cousin will be available when the Jazz faces the Raptors tonight at 5 p.m. MT in Toronto (TV: FSN Utah, Radio: 1320 KFAN).

A 2011 D-League All-Star selection, Cousin (6-11, 255, Houston) was averaging 14.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.16 blocks while shooting .533 from the field through 38 games (all starts) for the Toros this season.  He leads the Toros in both scoring and rebounding, having reached double figures in scoring 30 times while registering 16 double-doubles.  The Toros are coached by former Jazz scout and ex-Utah Flash head coach Brad Jones.

Cousin attended training camp with the San Antonio Spurs prior to the 2010-11 season, appearing in five preseason games and averaging 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes before being waived on October 21.

The 24-year-old Baltimore native played two collegiate seasons at Seton Hall (2004-06) before transferring to the University of Houston (2007-09).  Cousin was not selected in the 2009 NBA Draft and spent the 2009-10 season playing professionally in Turkey and Israel.

Cousin becomes the sixth D-League Call-Up in Jazz history, joining Rusty LaRue (2000-01), Mikki Moore (2003-04), Louis Amundson (2006-07), Sundiata Gaines (2010-11) and Othyus Jeffers (2010-11).

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