BAKERSFIELD, December 27, 2010— Bakersfield’s NBA affiliate, Los Angeles Lakers, have assigned their rookie forward, Devin Ebanks, to the Jam, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 22nd time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment to the Jam this season.

“At this time during the season, the Lakers do not practice long, nor very often, due to the rigors of the game schedule and travel. Although a lot of time is spent on walk throughs and film sessions, young developing players need to play,” said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak. “Devin has already made contributions to the Lakers team; however, we think it is best that he continue to develop by playing in games with our D-league affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam. We feel his future is bright in the NBA providing he continues to work hard, learn, and play.”

Ebanks had appeared in 12 regular season games for the Lakers this season, averaging 2.9 points and 1.5 rebounds per contest. He was the 43rd overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA Draft.

“We are excited to help the Lakers with Devin’s continued development,” Coach Voigt added.

While at West Virginia, Ebanks averaged 11.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 69 games over the course of two seasons. He was selected to the All-Big East Third Team as a sophomore and named to the Big East All-Rookie and All-Tournament team as a freshman. His 273 rebounds were the second most in school history by a freshman. He was also one of 30 high school players to be invited to the USA Basketball Development Festival in 2007 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he averaged 28.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

Ebanks joins the Jam in time for the team's home game tomorrow, Tuesday, December 28, against the New Mexico Thunderbirds.

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