RGV VIPERS ACQUIRE KENNY KADJI
MCALLEN, Texas, January 25, 2014 – Rio Grande Valley Vipers General Manager Gianluca Pascucci today announced that the team has acquired forward/center Kenny Kadji.
Kadji (6-10, 242, Miami (FL)) most recently played internationally with the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in Braunschweig, Germany. He averaged 6.2 ppg and 3.6 rpg in five games with the Phantoms.
Previously this year, Kadji was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers Summer League and training camp rosters. During Summer League, Kadji averaged 5.6 ppg and 4.6 rpg, and during the preseason, he averaged 5 ppg and 1.71 rpg.
Kadji played two seasons at the University of Miami (FL) from 2010-13. He redshirted the 2010-11 season after transferring from the University of Florida, where he played from 2008-10.
As a member of the Miami Hurricanes, Kadji averaged 12.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 28.3 minutes in 68 total games. He made 47.9 percent (305-of-637) shots from the field, which placed him ninth in Miami’s record book. He also shot 37.3 percent (75-of-201) from 3-point range. As a senior, Kadji ranked nationally in double-doubles (97), blocked shots per game (168) and rebounds per game (222).
As a member of the Florida Gators, Kadji played in 42 games over two seasons, where he averaged 12.3 ppg and 6 rpg.
The Vipers host the Austin Toros tonight at 7 p.m. (CT) at State Farm Arena.
About the RGV Vipers and NBA Development League
The two-time champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The Vipers won the NBA Development League Championship in 2010 and 2013. In 2013, the Vipers were also named the NBA Development League Development Champions, which recognizes the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA-caliber basketball talent via call-ups and assignments. The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 14 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Thirty percent of players in the NBA at the end of the 2012-13 season boasted NBA D-League experience. 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. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.