Vipers Acquire Jared Jordan

December 17, 2008

HIDALGO, TEXAS - The NBA D-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced today that they have acquired point guard Jared Jordan and plan to have him in uniform for tomorrow morning’s game at Tulsa. To make room on the roster, the Vipers waived guard Keoni Watson.

Originally selected in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, Jordan (6’2”, 182) spent the 2008 NBA training camp with the New Orleans Hornets, one of the Vipers’ NBA parent clubs, competing for a spot in the lineup before being waived. He was with the New York Knicks in training camp prior to the 2007-08 season.

Jordan spent the 2007-08 season in Lithuania, where he played in 11 games and shot 38.5% from the field.

The Hartford, Connecticut, native was one of the top point guards in the nation during his four-year career at Marist, leading the Red Foxes to the second round of the National Invitational Tournament his senior year.

At Marist, Jordan led the nation in assists as a junior (2006-07) with 8.5 per game, and increased that number to 8.7 per game as a senior. Jordan also averaged 16.1 points per game as a junior and 17.2 as a senior. Jordan also averaged 5.9 rebounds per game as a senior, with a career average of 4.8 per game.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are a professional basketball team in the NBA Development League (NBA D-League). The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league and features 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams. The league has produced 15 percent of the players on 2007-08 end-of-season NBA rosters and continues to develop current NBA coaches and referees. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote youth basketball, 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 this season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast. The Vipers NBA affiliates are the Houston Rockets, and the New Orleans Hornets.