UTAH JAZZ SIGN BLAKE AHEARN FOR REST OF SEASON

For Immediate Release

April 20, 2012

RENO, NEV.— The Utah Jazz will sign former Reno Bighorn Blake Ahearn for the rest of the NBA season. Ahearn was originally signed to a 10-day contract on April 9. Ahearn’s GATORADE Call-Up was the third for a Bighorn player this season and the 50th for the NBA D-League during the 2011-12 season.

Ahearn has played in three games for the Jazz, averaging 5.0 minutes per game and 1.0 points per game. The Jazz have three games remaining in the regular season and are currently tied with the Phoenix Suns for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Ahearn played in 37 games with the Bighorns this season averaging 23.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He was ranked fifth in the D-League in points. 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 Andre Emmett. Ahearn also became the NBA D-League’s all-time leading scorer, with 3,804 total points.

Reno Bighorns season tickets for the 2012-13 season are on sale today. Fans can become part of the Bighorns family with packages starting at $99. For more information, call the Bighorns front office at 775-853-8220 or visit RenoBighorns.com.