Jeremy Richardson Signs with San Antonio Spurs
NEW YORK – JAN. 10, 2008 – The San Antonio Spurs today signed free agent guard/forward of the NBA Development league’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He is the 11th GATORADE Call-Up this season. Richardson was previously Called-Up from the Mad Ants to the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 20, 2007.
During his first Call-Up, Richardson, 6-7, 195-pounds, appeared in three games for the Grizzlies averaging 4.7 minutes per game. Prior to his first stint in the NBA this season, Richardson was averaging a D-League high 28.5 points, to go with 6.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 41.5 minutes during eight games with the Mad Ants. For his efforts, Richardson was named D-League.com Performer of the Week for games played during the week of Dec. 3, 2007.
Richardson played two seasons at Delta State (Cleveland, MS) where he averaged 16.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 61 games and earned All-Gulf South Conference West Division First Team honors for the 2005-06 season.
A member of the Fort Worth Flyers during the 2006-07 season, Richardson earned two GATORADE Call-Ups to the Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers. Last season in the NBA, Richardson averaged 1.3 points in six games before playing in the Pepsi Pro Summer League in Orlando in July, 2007.
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.