BABBITT, JOHNSON ASSIGNED TO STAMPEDE
Second-year Blazers players played with Idaho in 2010-11

BOISE, Idaho, January 4, 2012 The Portland Trail Blazers have assigned second-year players Luke Babbitt (6-9, 225, Nevada) and Armon Johnson (6-3, 195, Nevada) to their D-League affiliate, the Idaho Stampede, the clubs announced today.

Babbitt has played one game this season with the Blazers, and Johnson has not seen action this year. Babbitt has averaged 1.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 5.6 minutes per game, while Johnson has appeared in 38 career games with the Trail Blazers, averaging 2.9 points and 1.2 assists in 7.3 minutes per contest.

Both Babbitt and Johnson were assigned to the Stampede last season, with Babbitt playing in 14 games (nine starts) and Johnson playing in nine games (one start). Babbitt averaged 20.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in two separate stints with the team, while Johnson averaged 18.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game as a Stampeder in two trips.

Babbitt scored a Stampede individual-high 34 points on March 27 against Austin. Johnson scored a season-high 27 points on February 16 against Bakersfield.

Babbitt was acquired on a draft-night deal with Minnesota after being selected by the Timberwolves in the first round (16th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft. Babbitt averaged 19.4 points and 8.1 rebounds in two seasons at Nevada. As a sophomore, Babbitt averaged 21.9 points and 8.9 rebounds, was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year and earned AP All-America Honorable Mention honors. Johnson was drafted 34th overall in the 2010 NBA Draft after playing three seasons for the Wolfpack, where he averaged 14.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game for his career.

The Stampede roster stands at 14 and the team has five days to adjust the roster to 12.