Sioux Falls' Demetris Nichols and Donald Sloan Named NBA D-League Co-Performers of the Week

The award is the second of Nichols' season, while Sloan -- who opened the year with the Cleveland Cavaliers -- continues to play as one of the league's elite Prospects.

NEW YORK, Feb 4, 2013 - Sioux Falls Skyforce teammates Demetris Nichols and Donald Sloan were today named NBA Development League Co-Performers of the Week for games played Jan. 28-Feb. 3. The duo led the Skyforce to a 2-0 record last week.

Nichols (6-6, 211, Syracuse) averaged 30.0 points on 63 percent shooting from the field to go with 4.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists in two games for the Skyforce last week. He scored a season-high 34 points on 12-of-20 shooting on Feb. 1 in a 117-114 win over the Reno Bighorns. This season he is averaging 17.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 34.8 minutes for the Skyforce. The award is the second for Nichols this season, having first earned it on Jan. 21.

Sloan (6-3, 205, Texas A&M) finished the week averaging 18.0 points, 9.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 41 percent from the floor. He recorded his first triple-double of the season when he finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds and 14 assists in a Feb. 1 win over Reno.

Other top performers considered include Austin's Cory Joseph, Bakersfield's Jerel McNeal, Canton's Josh Selby on assignment from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Erie's Henry Sims, Idaho's Sean Evans, Iowa's Quincy Miller on assignment from the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles' Elijah Millsap, Maine's Omar Reed, Reno's Dar Tucker, Rio Grande Valley's Terrence Jones on assignment from the Houston Rockets, Santa Cruz's Travis Leslie, Springfield's James Mays, Texas' Rashad McCants, and Tulsa's Dominique Sutton.

The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league's research and development laboratory. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Twenty percent of players in the NBA at the start of the 2012-13 season boasted NBA D-League experience. 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. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.