NEW YORK, March 27, 2012 – The Toronto Raptors today signed guard Ben Uzoh of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for the 43rd GATORADE Call-Up of the 2011-12 NBA Development League season. Uzoh joins more than 100 NBA players with NBA D-League experience currently on 2011-12 rosters.
Uzoh returns to the NBA following a two-game stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this season when he averaged 2.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 6.5 minutes.
In 20 games (18 starts), Uzoh has averaged 14.8 points on .478 shooting, 5.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals in 30.8 minutes per game with the Vipers. The 6-3, 205-pound point guard was named the D-League Performer of the Week for games played Jan. 16-22 after averaging 22.3 points on .651 shooting, 8.3 assists and 7.3 rebounds in 37.0 minutes per game and leading Rio Grande Valley to a perfect 3-0 week. He scored a season-high 31 points to go with 10 assists for his first double-double of the season in a 116-104 road win over the Reno Bighorns on Jan. 21.
The 23-year-old from Tulsa spent the 2010-11 season with the New Jersey Nets, playing in 42 games and posting averages of 3.8 points on .424 shooting, 1.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 10.4 minutes per game.
Uzoh is expected to join the Raptors today and be available tonight when the team plays host to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, March 28.