JAM ADD FORMER FRESNO STATE STAR MUSTAFA AL-SAYYAD
(Bakersfield, Calif., Jan. 8, 2008) – The Bakersfield Jam, members of the NBA Development League, today announced they have acquired power forward/center Mustafa Al-Sayyad . Al-Sayyad will join the team on Wednesday and be available for the January 9 game versus Tulsa.
“Mustafa brings a hard-nosed, workman like approach to the court which is exactly what we’re looking for,” said Sean Rooks, Jam Interim Head Coach. “His contributions on the defensive end and the backboards will be a great asset for us.”
The 6’9”, 240 pound native of Sudan began the season with Tulsa, playing in six games. In limited action with the 66ers, he shot 66 percent from the field, averaging just under one point and one rebound per game.
Al-Sayyad played one year of high school basketball in the United States before attending Fresno State University. As a Bulldog, he was named to the All-WAC defensive teams his junior and senior seasons, and was second team all-conference in 2004-05 averaging 10.9 ppg., 7.4 rpg., while leading the conference in blocked shots (2.36 per game). He set a school record for blocks in a game with 11 versus Buffalo during his senior campaign, and his .578 shooting percentage ranked fifth all-time for a single season in school history.
In his 2005 NBA Draft Prospect Profile, Al-Sayyad was scouted as having great defensive instincts for blocking and altering shots and runs the floor extremely well for a big man. To make room for Al-Sayyad , the Jam released center Roderick Riley.
The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league, and the first-ever basketball league with direct affiliations to NBA teams. Now in its seventh season the D-League’s goals are to provide affordable, NBA-caliber entertainment to fans of its 14 teams, as well as continue to develop players, coaches, referees and front-office personnel for the NBA. As the single source for in-season player "call-ups" to the NBA, fans of the D-League enjoy the highest caliber of basketball played outside the NBA. In fact, former D-League players represented 10 percent of NBA players on 2007-08 opening day rosters, numbering 44 in total. In addition, the D-League has produced 25 percent of current NBA referees and 16 current NBA coaches, including head coach Sam Vincent with the Charlotte Bobcats. The D-League is an innovative and rapidly growing sports property that also serves as an experimental testing ground for new initiatives of the NBA and its teams, provides continuing education and professional development resources for its players, and is committed to serving its local communities through D-LEAGUE CARES and grassroots efforts.