NEW YORK, March 8, 2010 – Sioux Falls Skyforce forward Alexander Johnson was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played during the Week of March 1. The award is Johnson’s first, and the second time a Skyforce player has been honored, with Reggie Williams earning the award on Dec. 28, 2009.
Johnson, 6-9, 240-pounds, led the Skyforce to a 3-0 record last week, including road victories over the Springfield Armor and Maine Red Claws. Johnson recorded season highs of 32 points 19 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the 2009-10 NBA D-League season on March 7, in a 99-98 victory over Maine. He scored 27 and 31 points, respectively in two victories over Springfield earlier last week. During the week, Johnson averaged 30.0 points, shooting 67 percent (28-of-42) from the field to go with 13.3 rebounds.
Johnson, who was Drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft out of Florida State, has played in 14 games for the Skyforce this season, averaging 23.4 points and 11.7 rebounds.
Other top performers last week included Iowa’s Earl Barron, who averaged 29.0 points and 17.0 rebounds in two games for the Energy; Reno’s Rod Benson, who averaged 19.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in two games for the Bighorns; Reno’s Desmon Farmer, who averaged 21.5 points and 7.5 assists in two games for the Bighorns; Erie’s Mike Gansey, who averaged 27.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two games for the BayHawks; Erie’s Cedric Jackson, who averaged 27.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists in two games for the BayHawks; Austin’s Dwayne Jones, who averaged 21.0 points and 15.5 rebounds in two games for the Toros; Tulsa’s Mustafa Shakur, who averaged 20.6 points, 9.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds in four games for the 66ers; Fort Wayne’s Sean Sonderleiter, who averaged 20.8 points and 12.3 rebounds in four games for the Mad Ants; and Tulsa’s DJ White, who averaged 22.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in three games for the 66ers while on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder.