D-League Performer of the Week: March 17, 2008
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Julius Hodge of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds is the 15th D-League Performer of the Week for the 2007-08 season. He is the third member of the Thunderbirds to earn the honor this season.
In four games for Albuquerque this week, Hodge averaged 25.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assists. He set season-highs in points and rebounds on Tuesday with 34 points and 12 boards in a win over Austin, the first in four straight victories this week for Albuquerque.
A 6-7 forward from North Carolina State, Hodge was a first-round pick (20th overall) by the Denver Nuggets in the 2005 NBA Draft. He spent part of last season in the D-League with Albuquerque, Colorado, and Idaho, averaging 15.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 22 games and earning D-League Performer of the Week Honors once. This season, he returned to the Thunderbirds on February 28 and is averaging 25.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in his first seven games.
Blake Ahearn, Dakota: In two games, Ahearn averaged 29.0 points and 7.0 assists while shooting 9-15 from three-point range.
Will Conroy, Albuquerque: In four wins for Albuquerque, Conroy averaged 19.8 points and 12.8 assists.
Desmon Farmer, Rio Grande Valley: Farmer averaged 35.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists while shooting 13-26 on three-pointers.
Eddie Gill, Colorado: Gill averaged 19.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 11.3 assists in three games for the 14ers.
Adam Harrington, Tulsa: Harrington averaged 31.5 points and shot 7-14 from beyond the arc in two games for Tulsa.
Kasib Powell, Sioux Falls: Powell averaged 28.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in two games for the Skyforce.
Alando Tucker, Albuquerque: Tucker averaged 34.0 points in his first two games after being assigned from Phoenix.
Other Top D-League Performances
Marcus Campbell, Anaheim - 25 points, seven rebounds in Sunday's loss to Sioux Falls.
Justin Bowen, Austin - 27 points, 15 rebounds in Friday's loss to Albuquerque.
Patrick O'Bryant, Bakersfield - 21 points, seven rebounds in Sunday's loss to Utah.
Eric Osmundson, Colorado - 32 points, 3 rebounds in Monday's win over Rio Grande Valley.
Rod Benson, Dakota - 23 points, 10 rebounds in Sunday's loss to Fort Wayne.
Earl Calloway, Fort Wayne - 23 points, 10 assists in Sunday's win over Fort Wayne.
Cory Violette, Idaho - 23 points, 10 rebounds in Thursday's win over Utah.
Courtney Sims, Iowa - 27 points, 10 rebounds in Tuesday's win over Sioux Falls.
Sean Banks, Los Angeles - 32 points, five rebounds in Wednesday's win over Bakersfield.
Elton Nesbitt, Sioux Falls - 30 points, four rebounds, nine assists in Sunday's win over Anaheim.
Kyrylo Fesenko, Utah - 21 points, 10 rebounds, six assists in Sunday's win over Bakersfield.