(Bakersfield, Calif., Jan. 25, 2008) – The Bakersfield Jam, members of the NBA Development League, today announced they have acquired the rights to Trey Johnson and completed a trade with the Iowa Energy for Nick Lewis. Both players will join the team in time for tomorrow’s game in Anaheim pending medical clearance.
“I said when I got here that we were going to be very active in making improvements,” said Scott Roth, who took over the reigns as Jam head coach on January 11. “Both of today’s moves make us a better basketball team.”
Johnson, a 6’5” shooting guard, attended Jackson State University where he finished second in the NCAA in scoring his senior year, averaging 27.1 points per game during the 2006-07 season. He shined against the nation’s top competition, averaging 31.5 points per game in four games against ranked opponents, including a 25-point effort against the national champion Florida Gators. He appeared in five pre-season games with the New Orleans Hornets in 2007 before going overseas to play for KK Hemofarm in Serbia.
Lewis, a 6’10” power forward, was a third-round pick of the Iowa Energy in the 2007 NBA Development League draft and has appeared in 24 games this season with the Energy. In just under 19 minutes a game, the 24-year old is averaging 9.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He registered double figures in points in 10 of the first 13 games this season, including a season-high 22 on November 24 versus Dakota. Lewis spent the 2006-07 season with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, averaging 7.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. He attended the University of San Diego, where he posted a 17.6 scoring average his senior season.
The Jam waived Donnell Williams to make room for Johnson and traded Jovan Harris to Iowa to acquire Lewis.
Jam fans can watch the team's newest performers in action when the team is on the road via live streaming video on d-league.com. Bakersfield's next road game begins at 7:30 pm, Saturday Jan. 26th against the Anaheim Arsenal.