The Detroit Pistons announced today that they will assign guard Alex Acker and rookie forward Walter Sharpe to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, on Friday, January 2.

Acker has appeared in five games this season averaging 1.4 points and 0.4 rebounds in 3.0 minutes per game.  He was originally drafted by the Pistons with the 60th overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft.

Sharpe was drafted by Seattle with the 32nd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and was acquired by the Pistons on draft night in exchange for draft rights to D.J. White, the 29th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.  He has appeared in three games this season, averaging 0.7 points in 2.3 minutes per game.

No timetable has been set for their return.