Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced today that the team has signed second round draft choice Walter Sharpe.

“We are pleased to add Walter Sharpe to our roster,” said Dumars.  “Walter is a young athletic small forward with good size and intriguing skills.  We look forward to seeing him grow and mature as a player in our system.”

Sharpe was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the No. 32 pick in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft.  The 6-9, 245-pound forward from the University of Alabama Birmingham, played 12 games last season averaging 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.  He shot 52% from the field and had a career game against University of Rhode Island when he recorded career-highs in points (26) and rebounds (17). Sharpe averaged 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds during the 2005-06 season for Mississippi State and sat out the 2006-07 season due to NCAA transfer rules.