BayHawks Make Two Moves: Add Ahearn, Trade Jackson
Veteran guard returns and Erie secures additional first-round draft pick
Erie, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, December 29 – The Erie BayHawks made two separate roster moves today by reacquiring sharpshooting guard Blake Ahearn, and trading point guard Cedric Jackson to the Idaho Stampede in exchange for Idaho’s 2011 first-round draft spot.
Ahearn (6-2, 180 lbs), who is returning to the NBA Development League after a short stint in Italy, played in 13 games for Erie last season posting averages of 25.7 points, 6.7 assists, and 4.5 rebounds in 45.1 minutes of play. He was Erie’s leading scorer in 7 of those games which included posting a franchise-high 38 points in a game, a feat that he did twice within four days (March 15 win in Utah and March 19 loss against Dakota).
Ahearn is scheduled to meet up with the team in Portland, Maine and is likely to be in uniform on Thursday night when the BayHawks play the Maine Red Claws.
In a separate move, the BayHawks traded Jackson to secure an additional top pick in next year’s draft.
“This trade is an investment in the future of our organization as it’s a unique opportunity to be able to secure an additional first-round pick in next year’s draft,” said head coach Jay Larranaga. “Cedric is a bright young talent and I expect he’ll continue to succeed.”
Team president Matt Bresee added, “We appreciate all that Cedric has done for us. He’s been a great teammate and active citizen in the community, and we wish him continued success.”
Jackson has appeared in 48 career games for Erie and averaged 15.1 points, 7.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 32.4 minutes per game. He received four 10-day contracts in the NBA last season with three separate teams (Cleveland, San Antonio and Washington).
Erie and Idaho face off at the NBA D-League Showcase on January 11 for their only meeting of the season.
Ahearn originally came to the BayHawks after being dealt from the Bakersfield Jam on March 2 in exchange for forward Alade Aminu. His return this season is a result of D-League rules that allow teams to retain the rights of former players for up to two seasons.
During Ahearn’s most recent stint in Italy he averaged 9.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 6 games for Banca Tercas.
This marks Ahearn’s fourth NBA Development League season. He was drafted by the Dakota Wizards in 2007 and averaged 19 points per game, including a league-leading 96% free-throw shooting percentage, helping him earn Rookie of the Year honors. In 2008-09 he again led the league in free-throw shooting connecting on 95% of his attempts, and averaged a team high 22.7 points and 5 assists per game.
After spending two months playing for Asefa Estudiantes of Spain's ACB league at the start of the 2009-10 season, Ahearn returned to D-League and was dealt from Dakota to Bakersfield where he appeared in seventeen games with the Jam before coming to Erie.
In 2009, Ahearn starred during All-Star Weekend, earning co-MVP honors in the League’s All-Star game a day after winning the three-point competition. He is a 2007 graduate of Missouri State where he finished as the all-time leading free throw shooter in NCAA Division I history with a 94.6% career mark.
Ahearn has had short stints with three different NBA teams including the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs.
Fans can follow the BayHawks on the road as they face the Maine Red Claws Thursday night at 7 pm by tuning to AM 1330 The Fan or watching live online at nba.com/futurecast.
On Friday, Erie travels to Springfield to face the Armor at 7pm. Friday’s broadcast can be heard on AM 1400 WJET.