VIPERS ACQUIRE TIM OHLBRECHT
MCALLEN, Texas, November 30, 2013 – The NBA Development League Rio Grande Valley Vipers today announced that they have acquired center Tim Ohlbrecht. The Vipers have also waived guard Mike Black.
Ohlbrecht (6-11, 255, Germany) appeared in 32 games with the Vipers last season, and averaged 13.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. He was also named a NBA Development League All-Star, where he registered 12 points (6-9 FG) and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Prospects in a 139-125 win over the Futures squad. He finished regular season third in the D-League in field goal percentage (.605, 164-271FG) and stood 14th in the league in blocks per game (1.63).
On Feb. 25, 2013, he received a GATORADE Call-Up from the Houston Rockets. Ohlbrecht was on assignment to the Vipers during the 2013 NBA D-League Playoffs, where he helped the Vipers capture the 2013 D-League Championship, their second in four years. He was traded by Houston to Philadelphia in the offseason, but was released by the Sixers in July.
A member of the German National Team, Ohlbrecht has also competed internationally in the Germany-BBL with Bayer Leverkusen (2005-06), Brose Baskets Bamberg (2006-09), Telekom Baskets Bonn (2009-11) and Skyliners Frankfurt (2011-12).
Next up, the Vipers host the Texas Legends Monday, Dec. 2 in a 7 p.m. (CT) game at State Farm Arena. For more information about the RGV Vipers 2013-14 season and ticket information, call the Vipers or visit www.rgvipers.com.
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.