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Austin's Marcus Cousin Signs With Utah Jazz

NEW YORK, Mar. 9, 2011 – The Utah Jazz signed center Marcus Cousin of the Austin Toros for the 14th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2010-11 NBA Development League season. Cousin’s call-up increases the number of current NBA players with NBA D-League experience, including players currently on assignment to their NBA D-League affiliates, to 87.

In 38 games (all starts) with the Toros this season, Cousin averaged 14.7 points and 8.6 rebounds in 29.9 minutes. Cousin has tallied 16 double-doubles this year, and has averaged 17.4 points and 10.2 rebounds in his last five games. In the NBA D-League All-Star Game last month, Cousin scored 19 points in 20 minutes for the West.

Cousin (6-11, 255) appeared in five games with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2010 NBA preseason, averaging 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes. He spent the 2009 NBA Summer League with the Houston Rockets upon finishing his collegiate career at Houston. After transferring from Seton Hall, Cousin played two seasons at Houston, averaging 10.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks as a senior in 2008-09.

Cousin is expected to join the Jazz today, and should be available when Utah plays at Toronto tonight at 7 p.m. ET.

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.