BOISE, Idaho, March 23, 2009 - The Idaho Stampede announce today the NBA’s Toronto Raptors have recalled rookie forward-centre Nathan Jawai who was assigned to the Idaho Stampede on February 26.
Jawai appeared in 10 games with the Stampede, starting nine. He averaged 12.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 25.0 minutes. He posted two double-doubles, with personal bests of 21 points at Utah on March 16 and 10 rebounds on two occasions (versus Reno on March 21 and March 16 versus Rio Grande Valley).
Per NBA guidelines, Jawai remained on Toronto’s roster while in the NBDL and was put on the inactive list. At the current time, his status with the Raptors is unchanged.
Jawai, 22, has appeared in five games totaling two points and two rebounds in 18 minutes before his assignment to Idaho. He was cleared December 17 to begin physical activity after being sidelined since training camp for precautionary reasons as a result of an abnormality detected during normal procedural pre-season cardiac screening.
The Raptors acquired the draft rights to Jawai from the Indiana Pacers on July 9. He was the 41st overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft. He is the first indigenous player from Australia to be drafted by an NBA team.