MORRIS ALMOND RETURNS TO RED CLAWS
League, Team Record Holder Returns for 2nd Stint in Maine

PORTLAND, ME (January 17, 2012) - The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that Morris Almond has rejoined the team after spending a year and half playing overseas. The 6-6, 205 lb. forward is expected to join the team for practice this morning. To make room for Almond, forward Paul Harris has been waived due to injury.

The NBA Development League’s leading scorer in 2009-10 (24.6 ppg) and 2007-08 (25.6 ppg), Almond’s name appears frequently throughout the league’s media guide. Among his records: most points in a game (53), field goals made in a game (19), field goals attempted (37), and free throws in a season (323). Almond entered the season 13th all-time in scoring with 2,239 points. Almond, who has twice scored more than 50 points in an NBA D-League game, holds the Red Claws record for points in a game with 40.

Almond was acquired by the Red Claws in a four-player trade with the Springfield Armor in February 2010. A 2007 first round draft pick (26th overall) of the Utah Jazz, he has 34 NBA games to his credit. Almond, the all-time leading scorer in Rice University history, was the 2007 recipient of the Naismith Trophy, the most prestigious honor in college basketball. He has spent the last season and a half playing overseas for teams in Spain and the Ukraine.

“We are pleased to add a player of Mo Almond’s caliber to our roster,” said Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings. “He thrilled Red Claws’ fans in the team’s inaugural season with his pure scoring ability. He has great shooting range and can score a lot of points quickly. We are happy to welcome him back to Crustacean Nation for a second season.”