NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2011 – Jerel McNeal of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Brandon Costner of the Utah Flash were today named NBA Development League Co-Performers of the Week for games played during the week of Feb. 21.
McNeal, a 6-3, 200-pound guard out of Marquette who spent the NBA preseason with the Houston Rockets, led the Vipers to a 4-0 record on the week, averaging 20.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists. Costner, a 6-9, 235-pound forward out of North Carolina State who has played in the NBA Summer League with the Chicago Bulls, led the Flash to a 3-0 record last week, averaging 21.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists.
McNeal began the week with 20 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in a 122-112 win at Texas on Tuesday. He recorded 14 points and 10 assists in the Vipers’ 103-70 triumph at Springfield on Saturday and finished the week with a 26-point effort in a 106-91 win at Maine on Sunday. Costner’s 31-point, nine-rebound effort helped Utah seal a 112-106 win over Reno on Friday, and he finished the week with 20 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in a 100-86 victory over the Bighorns on Sunday.
Honorable Mention Selections
Austin’s Marcus Cousin, who averaged 18.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in three games.
Dakota’s Anthony Goods, who averaged 29.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in two games.
Erie’s Tasmin Mitchell, who averaged 28.0 points and 7.7 rebounds in three games.
Iowa’s Othyus Jeffers, who averaged 22.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists in three games.
Maine’s DeShawn Sims, who averaged 27.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in two games.
New Mexico’s Shane Edwards, who averaged 26.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in two games.
Sioux Falls’ Patrick Ewing Jr., who averaged 21.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in three games.
Springfield’s JamesOn Curry, who averaged 20.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals in two games.
Tulsa’s Elijah Millsap, who averaged 20.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in three games.