Bighorns Acquire High-Flying Thomas

For Immediate Release
Dec. 3, 2009

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RENO, Nev.— The Reno Bighorns have acquired Doug Thomas, a 6-9 forward out of the University of Iowa, the team announced today.

Thomas, known for his extraordinary vertical leaping ability, was a second-round selection in the 2009 NBA D-League Draft by the Dakota Wizards. Prior to the NBA D-League Draft, Thomas played for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2009 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

The 2006 Big-10 Conference Sixth Man of the Year spent last season in Sweden. He has previous NBA D-League experience with the Iowa Energy, where he averaged 10.4 points and 6.3 boards per game in the 2007-08 season.

To make room on the roster, Reno has released forward Brian Laing, who averaged nine points and four rebounds over the first two games of the season.

Thomas and the Bighorns are now set to hit final leg of their season-opening three-game road trip when they visit the Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Friday. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. PST and the action can be seen live on NBA Futurecast by visiting www.RenoBighorns.com.

Reno’s home opener is set for Dec. 5, when the Bighorns take on the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the Reno Events Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m., with a magnet schedule giveaway among the highlights of the evening. Tickets are on-sale now at www.RenoBighorns.com, the Reno Events Center Box Office, Silver Legacy Box Office, or by visiting any Northern Nevada Ticketmaster location or Web site.

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams. 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. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.