Rockets Sign Ohlbrecht



February 25, 2013

HOUSTON – Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed center Tim Ohlbrecht to a multi-year deal. Ohlbrecht, who comes to the Rockets via Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, marks his first-ever Gatorade Call-Up to the NBA. In addition, the Rockets formally announced the assigning of forward Tyler Honeycutt to the Vipers.

Ohlbrecht (6-11, 255, Germany) has averaged 13.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.63 blocks in 32 games (29 starts) with Rio Grande Valley this season. He was also named a 2013 NBA D-League All-Star, registering 12 points (6-9 FG) and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Prospects in a 139-125 win over the Futures squad. At the time of his signing, Ohlbrecht led the D-League in field goal percentage (.605, 164-271 FG) and stood 13th in the league in blocks per game (1.63).

A member of the German National Team, Ohlbrecht has also competed internationally with Bayer Leverkusen (Germany-BBL, 2005-06), Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-BBL, 2006-09), Telekom Baskets Bonn (Germany-BBL, 2009-11) and Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL, 2011-12).

Honeycutt (6-8, 188, UCLA), who was acquired by the Rockets from Sacramento on Feb. 20, averaged 0.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 3.6 minutes per game over nine contests with the Kings this season. He was selected by Sacramento after his sophomore year out of UCLA with the 35th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.