Rio Grande's Mike Harris Signs with Houston Rockets

NEW YORK, Dec. 23, 2009 – The Houston Rockets today signed Mike Harris of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Harris is the third GATORADE Call-Up of the 2009-10 NBA Development League Season and joins 66 other NBA players with NBA D-League experience.

Harris has appeared in all 10 of Rio Grande Valley’s games this season, averaging a team-high 25.3 points (second in the NBA D-League) to go with 7.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He has scored in double figures in all 10 games, while recording two double-doubles this season. He scored a season-high 35 points, to go with 12 rebounds, in a road loss to the Tulsa 66ers on Dec. 19.

The 6-6 forward from Rice re-joins the Rockets following a stint with the team during the 2007-08 season when he played 17 games, averaging 3.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 9.4 minutes.

Prior to his time with the Rockets during the 2007-08 season, he was selected third overall in the 2006 NBA D-League Draft by the Colorado 14ers. In 48 games for the 14ers during the 2006-07 season, Harris averaged 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.

A four-year contributor at Rice, Harris averaged 20.6 points and 11.7 rebounds in 31 games during his senior season and was named NABC All-NCAA District 9 first team for his efforts that year.

Harris is expected to join the Rockets this afternoon and be available tonight when the team faces the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena.