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Rio Grande Valley's Jeff Adrien Named NBA D-League Player of the Month

NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2011 – Jeff Adrien of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers has been named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in January. The honor, the second of the 2010-11 season, is the first for Adrien, and the first for Rio Grande Valley this season.

Adrien, a 6-7, 240-pound forward out of Connecticut who played 15 games with the Golden State Warriors this season, led the Vipers to a 10-1 record in January, averaging 20.7 points, 12.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Adrien recorded a double-double in all but one game last month, and had highs of 31 points against the Austin Toros on Jan. 8 and 16 rebounds against the Erie BayHawks on Jan. 12.

This month’s honorable mention selections for NBA D-League Player of the Month were Austin’s Marcus Cousin, Bakersfield’s Jeremy Wise, Dakota’s Anthony Goods, Erie’s Ivan Johnson, Fort Wayne’s Walker Russell, Idaho’s Cedric Jackson, Iowa’s Curtis Stinson, Maine’s DeShawn Sims, New Mexico’s Dar Tucker, Reno’s Marcus Landry, Sioux Falls’ Anthony Harris, Springfield’s Jerry Smith, Texas’ Joe Alexander, Tulsa’s Jerome Dyson and Utah’s Brandon Costner.

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.