D-Fenders Add Daryl Watkins

EL SEGUNDO, CA The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired Darryl Watkins.

Watkins, a 6-11, 258 pound center, was signed by the Sacramento Kings as an undrafted free agent out of Syracuse. Watkins appeared in 9 games for Sacramento this season, averaging 1.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.2 blocks in 7.9 minutes. In six preseason games for the Kings, Watkins posted 4.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 11.7 minutes.

In his senior season (2006-07) at Syracuse, Watkins averaged 8.1 ppg (.544 FG%), 7.5 rpg, and 3.4 bpg in 33 games (started 32). He tallied 112 blocks, the highest total for any Orange senior in school history and good for the fourth-best single-season mark (behind only Etan Thomas and Derrick Coleman). He ranks fifth all-time in school history with 263 career blocks.

To make room on the roster for Watkins, the D-Fenders waived guard Brian Morrison. Morrison, an allocation player for Los Angeles, was waived due to injury on Nov. 22 and returned to the team on Dec. 6. Morrison appeared in one game for the D-Fenders.

Watkins will join the D-Fenders on Saturday as they travel to Utah to face off against the Flash.