AHEARN, EMMETT NAMED TO ALL-NBA D-LEAGUE TEAMS

For Immediate Release

May 2, 2012

RENO, NEV.— Reno Bighorns players Blake Ahearn and Andre Emmett were named to the All-NBA D-League teams, it was announced today. Ahearn was named to the All-NBA D-League First Team, while Emmett earned an All-NBA D-League Honorable Mention. Selections are made based on votes by the 16 NBA D-League coaches.

Ahearn played in 37 games with the Bighorns this season averaging 23.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.0 steals per game. During the season, he shot a remarkable 96.2% from the free-throw line, which included a stretch of 110 consecutive made free throws. Ahearn’s free-throw streak set the D-League record, and surpassed the NBA record of 97 straight. For his efforts, he was named NBA D-League Co-Performer of the Week on Jan. 3, along with Bighorn teammate Emmett. Ahearn also became the NBA D-League’s all-time leading scorer, with 3,804 total points.

Ahearn earned a GATORADE Call-Up from the Utah Jazz on April 9. He is the only member of the All-NBA D-League First Team to still be playing for an NBA team. Ahearn’s Jazz are currently battling the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Emmett played in 35 games for the Bighorns, starting 32 of them. He averaged 23.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. Emmett was called-up by the New Jersey Nets on February 14. He averaged 2.2 points and 7.5 minutes in six games with the Nets.

Ahearn and Emmett were also both selected to play in the sixth annual D-League All-Star game this February in Orlando.

The All-NBA Development League, All-Rookie and All-Defensive Team results are below.

2012 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM
Position - Player - Team
Guard - Blake Ahearn* - Reno Bighorns
Guard - Justin Dentmon - Austin Toros
Forward - Malcolm Thomas - Los Angeles D-Fenders
Forward - Edwin Ubiles - Dakota Wizards
Center - Greg Smith - Rio Grande Valley Vipers

SECOND TEAM
Position - Player - Team
Guard - Courtney Fortson - Los Angeles D-Fenders
Guard - Elijah Millsap - Los Angeles D-Fenders
Forward - Eric Dawson - Austin Toros
Forward -Marcus Lewis - Tulsa 66ers
Center - Jeff Foote - Springfield Armor

THIRD TEAM
Position- Player -Team
Guard - Morris Almond* -Maine Red Claws
Guard - Jerry Smith - Springfield Armor
Forward - Brandon Costner - Los Angeles D-Fenders
Forward - Dennis Horner - Springfield Armor
Center - Sean Williams* - Texas Legends

HONORABLE MENTION
Position - Player -Team
Guard - JamesOn Curry - Springfield Armor
Guard - Andre Emmett - Reno Bighorns
Guard - Mike Efevberha - Iowa Energy
Guard - Stefhon Hannah -Dakota Wizards
Forward - Zach Andrews -Los Angeles D-Fenders
Forward -Marcus Dove -Dakota Wizards
Forward -D.J. Kennedy* -Erie BayHawks
Forward -Renaldo Major - Bakersfield Jam
Forward -Ryan Reid - Tulsa 66ers
Center - Mikki Moore* - Idaho Stampede

2012 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE ALL-ROOKIE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM
Position - Player -Team
Guard - Dwight Buycks - Tulsa 66ers
Guard - Cameron Jones - Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Forward - Edwin Ubiles - Dakota Wizards
Forward - Malcolm Thomas - Los Angeles D-Fenders
Center - Greg Smith - Rio Grande Valley Vipers

SECOND TEAM
Position - Player - Team
Guard - Mustapha Farrakhan - Bakersfield Jam
Guard - Kyle Gibson - Canton Charge
Forward - D.J. Kennedy* - Erie BayHawks
Forward - Mychel Thompson -Erie BayHawks
Center - Jamie Vanderbeken - Bakersfield Jam

2012 ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM
Position - Player -Team
Guard - Stefhon Hannah - Dakota Wizards
Guard - Jerry Smith -Springfield Armor
Forward - Marcus Dove - Dakota Wizards
Forward - Malcolm Thomas - Los Angeles D-Fenders
Center - Sean Williams* - Texas Legends

SECOND TEAM
Position - Player - Team
Guard - Jerome Dyson* - Tulsa 66ers
Guard -Courtney Fortson* - Los Angeles D-Fenders
Forward - Marcus Lewis - Tulsa 66ers
Forward - Larry Owens - Tulsa 66ers
Center -Mikki Moore* - Idaho Stampede

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