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Flight Acquire Center David Crouse; Riverdragons Obtain Power Forward John Jackson
Huntsville and Columbus Complete NBDL’s First Trade


NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2001 – The Huntsville Flight and the Columbus Riverdragons have completed the league’s first trade, NBDL Executive Director Karl Hicks announced today.

The Flight have acquired former University of Southern California center David Crouse while the Riverdragons have obtained former University of Mississippi forward John Jackson.

A 6-11, 255-pound center, Crouse has spent the last five years playing professional basketball internationally with stops in Mexico (2001), Japan (1999-2001), Belgium (1998-99), and China (1997-98). Undrafted out of USC, Crouse spent time in the Miami Heat and the Atlanta Hawks’ veteran camps prior to the 1997-98 NBA season.

Crouse led the Mexican national team in scoring and rebounding this summer during the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia. He averaged 23.8 ppg and 8.8 rpg in five games for team Mexico. Following the Games, Crouse led the Saltillo Lobos to the finals in Mexico’s major professional league. Crouse did not play for the Riverdragons since being claimed of waivers on December 12, 2001.

Jackson, a 6-8 power forward who played two seasons at the University of Mississippi, played the first 13 games of the NBDL season with the Flight, averaging 2.6 ppg on .407 shooting (11-27 FGA) with 2.5 rpg over 10.4 mpg. Jackson has spent the last five years playing professional basketball domestically in the International Basketball Association (IBA) and the United States Basketball League (USBL), and internationally with stops in Japan and Poland. Jackson played two seasons (1994-96) in the SEC for Ole Miss, leading the Bulldogs in rebounding (6.1 rpg) his junior season.

Jackson was selected by the Flight in the third round (18th overall) of the NBDL’s Inaugural Draft on October 31.

Crouse, 23, is expected to join the team for their 3 p.m. practice today at the Von Braun Center and will be eligible to play in the Flight’s next game on Tuesday, December 18 against the North Charleston Lowgators at 7 p.m. at the Von Braun Center.

Crouse will wear no. 41 for the Flight.

Jackson, 27, is expected to join the Riverdragons for the team’s Tuesday morning practice at 9:30 a.m. at Comer Gym and is expected to be eligible to play in the Riverdragons next game on Wednesday, December 19 against the Roanoke Dazzle at 6 p.m. at the Columbus Civic Center.

Jackson will wear no. 2 for the Riverdragons against the Dazzle.



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