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New Jersey Nets Sign Maine's Mario West
NEW YORK, March 31, 2011 – The New Jersey Nets signed guard Mario West of the Maine Red Claws for the 20th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2010-11 NBA Development League season. West’s call-up, his second, increases the number of current NBA players with NBA D-League experience, including players currently on assignment to their NBA D-League affiliates, to 97.
West (6-5, 210) has appeared in 42 games (all starts) this season for the Red Claws, averaging 13.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists. West has scored 20 or more points four times in March, and had a triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over Fort Wayne on March 13.
A fourth-year pro out of Georgia Tech, West appeared in 156 regular games with the Atlanta Hawks from 2007 to 2010, averaging 0.8 points and 0.8 rebounds. West spent 11 games with the Red Claws last season, averaging 13.7 points and 4.1 assists before earning his first GATORADE Call-Up, to Atlanta.
Known for his athleticism and defense, West played in 103 games over four years at Georgia Tech. As a senior, he was the team captain and averaged 4.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 steals. West was a part of the Yellow Jackets’ NCAA Tournament finalist team in 2004, and won the State Farm College Slam Dunk Contest as a senior in 2007.
West has joined the Nets, and should be available when the team plays at Philadelphia Friday night at 7 p.m. ET.
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.