Erie’s Ivan Johnson Receives First Team All-NBA D-League Honors

Ahearn named Honorable Mention

Erie, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, April 13, 2011 – Erie BayHawks forward Ivan Johnson was named to the GATORADE All-NBA Development League First Team today, an honor voted on by the league’s 16 head coaches. Guard Blake Ahearn received Honorable Mention honors.

Johnson (6-8, 230) has been a steady force for the BayHawks all season leading the league in scoring average at 22.6 points per game. He notched the league’s second highest single-game scoring mark when he scored 46 points in a win at Maine on January 14, and was a starter on the league’s mid-season Eastern Conference All-Star Team.

Johnson joins Iowa Energy guard Curtis Stinson, Bakersfield Jam guard Trey Johnson, Dakota Wizards center Chris Johnson and Texas Legends forward Joe Alexander on this year’s first team.

Ahearn (6-2, 190) returned to the BayHawks on December 29 after playing the first part of the season overseas. He ranks twelfth in the League in scoring average at 16.9 points, fifth in assists at 5.8 and first in free throw shooting percentage at 96.2% (150-for-156). Ahearn had his best career game with Erie on February 13 when he scored 39 points in a win over New Mexico that included him going 18-for-18 from the free throw line.

Johnson and Ahearn combined to lead the BayHawks to a franchise record 32 wins in the regular season and the team’s second playoff berth in just three years.

On Tuesday night Erie evened up their first round series with the Reno Bighorns by getting the franchise’s first-ever post-season victory by a score of 114-111. The decisive third game will be played on Thursday night in Reno at 10 pm ET. The winner of that game will play the winner of tonight’s Rio Grande Valley and Bakersfield game (series tied 1-1).

Fans can watch BayHawks games live online at, or can listen to the call of Chris “Red” Hughes on JET Radio AM 1400.

The All-NBA Development League Team results:

Position, Player, Team

Guard, Trey Johnson*, Bakersfield Jam
Guard, Curtis Stinson, Iowa Energy
Forward, Ivan Johnson, Erie BayHawks
Forward, Joe Alexander, Texas Legends
Center, Chris Johnson*, Dakota Wizards

Position, Player, Team

Guard, Othyus Jeffers*, Iowa Energy
Guard, Orien Greene, Utah Flash
Forward, Jeff Adrien*, Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Forward, Larry Owens*, Tulsa 66ers
Center, Marcus Cousin#, Austin Toros / Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Position, Player, Team

Guard, Jerel McNeal, Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Guard, Antonio Daniels*, Texas Legends
Forward, Patrick Ewing Jr.*, Sioux Falls Skyforce / Reno Bighorns
Forward, DeShawn Sims, Maine Red Claws
Center, Sean Williams, Texas Legends

Position, Player, Team

Guard, Cedric Jackson, Idaho Stampede
Guard, Blake Ahearn, Erie BayHawks
Guard, Kyle Weaver, Austin Toros / Iowa Energy
Guard, Justin Dentmon, Texas Legends
Forward, Marcus Landry, Reno Bighorns
Forward, Derrick Byars, Bakersfield Jam
Forward, Ronald Dupree, Utah Flash
Forward, Shane Edwards, New Mexico Thunderbirds
Forward, Brandon Costner, Utah Flash
Center, Patrick O’Bryant, Reno Bighorns
Center, Patrick Sullivan, Rio Grande Valley Vipers

* - Currently in the NBA
# - On assignment from the NBA