Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor announced today that the team has re-assigned rookie guard Morris Almond to the Utah Flash of the NBA Development League (D-League).

Almond, a 6-6, 225-pound guard out of Rice was selected by the Jazz in the first round (25th overall selection) of the 2007 NBA Draft.  He has appeared in nine games for the Jazz this season, averaging 1.4 points and 0.3 assists in 4.3 minutes per game.  He appeared in three games for the Jazz since being recalled on March 29, totaling 10 points (3-6 FG), 2 rebounds and 2 assists in 13 minutes of action.

Almond has appeared in a total of 31 games for the Flash during two previous stints (Dec. 6 – Jan. 8 and Jan. 25 – March 29), averaging a D-League leading 25.0 points, along with 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 36.8 minutes per game.  He was named D-League Player of the Week (Dec. 17-23) after averaging 43.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals while shooting 32-of-68 (.471) from the field.  During that week, Almond scored a D-League record-tying 51 points in a win over the Austin Toros on December 21.  He later broke the D-League scoring record, posting 53 points in a win at the Bakersfield Jam on January 30.

Almond will join the Flash for tonight’s home game vs. Idaho.