Former Syracuse guard Gerry McNamara, one of only six players in NCAA history to make 400 or more three-pointers, has been acquired by the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. The Jam waived guard Tony Bobbitt due to injury.
An Associated Press honorable mention All-America selection last season, McNamara has been playing professionally in Greece for Olympiakos this season, but was granted his release late last month.
At 6-2, 180, McNamara started all 134 games he played for the Orangemen, led the team in scoring as a senior at 16.4 points per game and is one of just six players in school history to score more than 2,000 points (2,097). He led the team in assists in each of his four seasons and is the Syracuse career leader in free throw percentage (.887, 433-488).
McNamara is the Syracuse record holder and the Big East Conference all-time leader for three-pointers made (400). Over four seasons he averaged 15.7 points, 4.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds. Through his career he earned All-Big East honors, Big East All-Rookie Team (2002-03) and All-Final Four Team (2002-03). He was also a Wooden and Naismith Award candidate and was the 2006 Big East Tournament MVP.
He was the recipient of the 2006 Chip Hilton Award, presented to a senior Division I men’s player who demonstrates outstanding character, leadership, and talent similar to the qualities evident in the 24-book Chip Hilton Series.
Bobbitt played in six games for Bakersfield (one start), averaging 25.2 minutes, 14.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
McNamara is expected to arrive in Bakersfield late tonight and begin practicing with the team on Wednesday. Bakersfield’s (1-5) next game is Saturday when the Jam plays host to Anaheim (3-5).