NEW YORK, April 11, 2011 – The Atlanta Hawks signed forward Magnum Rolle of the Maine Red Claws for the remainder of the season for the 25th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2010-11 NBA Development League season. Rolle’s call-up, his first, increases the number of current NBA players with NBA D-League experience, including players currently on assignment to their NBA D-League affiliates, to 100.
Rolle (6-11, 225), the third overall pick in the 2010 NBA D-League Draft, appeared in 15 games (seven starts) with Maine this season, averaging 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds in 25.9 minutes. After missing much of the season due to injury, Rolle rejoined the Red Claws in early March, and averaged 19.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in his final five games, shooting 59.4 percent (41-69).
A native of the Bahamas, Rolle was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round (51st overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, and was then traded to the Indiana Pacers. With Indiana’s 2010 NBA Summer League team, Rolle averaged 13.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in five games.
Rolle played his first two collegiate seasons at LSU, and was a member of the Tigers’ 2006 NCAA Final Four team. He then transferred to Louisiana Tech, and was a Western Athletic Conference All-Defensive Team selection in his junior and senior seasons. Rolle was also named to the All-WAC Second Team as a senior, averaging 13.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.