Toros Finalize Trade With Iowa Energy

AUSTIN, TX (March 26) – The Austin Toros announced a trade today that sends guard Curtis Stinson to the Iowa Energy for forward Josh Gross.

Stinson (Iowa State) was acquired from the available player pool March 1st and in 15 games split between Austin and the Utah Flash averaged eight points and three rebounds this season.

Gross, a 6-5, 190 pound forward from UNC-Greensboro joins the Toros roster averaging 15 points and five rebounds. Gross started the 2007-08 season with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds before being traded to the Iowa Energy. Gross will join the Toros tonight for the first of a three game road trip in California. He will wear jersey number 17 when the Toros return to Austin next week.

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