NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2009 Ė The Portland Trail Blazers today signed Anthony Tolliver of the Idaho Stampede. Tolliver is the second GATORADE Call-Up of the 2009-10 NBA Development League Season, and joins 65 other NBA players with NBA D-League experience.
Tolliver has appeared in all seven of Idahoís games this season, averaging 20.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 36.9 minutes. He has recorded three double-doubles this season, including a season-high 30 points, to go with 11 rebounds, in a win over the Reno Bighorns on Nov. 30. For his efforts, Tolliver was named NBA D-League Co-Performer of the Week for games played Nov. 27-Dec. 6.
The GATORADE Call-Up marks the second of Tolliverís career, as he was signed by the New Orleans Hornets on Jan. 21, 2009. Prior to his call-up last season, Tolliver appeared in three games for the Iowa Energy, averaging 10.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 28.3 minutes. Before joining the Energy during the 2008-09 campaign, Tolliver played in 19 games for the San Antonio Spurs, averaging 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10.9 minutes. During his time with the Spurs, Tolliver was assigned to the teamís NBA D-League affiliate Austin Toros where he saw action in six games and averaged 17.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
A four-year contributor at Creighton University, Tolliver averaged 8.1 points and 4.9 rebounds in 124 career games. As a senior, he averaged 13.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 blocks in 33 games en route to being named First-Team All-MVC, to the MCV All-Tournament Team, earning the Senior CLASS Award All-America honors and a nod as a Second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America.
Tolliver is expected to join Portland today and be available tonight when the team hosts the Phoenix Suns at the Rose Garden.