Stanley Asumnu and the Snake Charmers (Photo Credit: Dutch Cowgill)
November 4, 2009
MCALLEN, TEXAS - The NBA Development League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced today Stanley Asumnu, Kurt Looby, Ernest Scott, Marcus Hubbard, Julian Sensley and Cliff Clinkscales are returning to Vipers training camp after playing for the team last season.
Additionally, the NBA Development League has allocated Mike Harris, who played for the Houston Rockets during the 2007-08 season, and Garrett Temple, who was in training camp with the Rockets during the pre-season, to the Vipers.Henry Dugat, a 2008 All-Big 12 honorable mention while playing for Baylor University, has also been invited to camp out of the local tryout.
The Vipers will invite eight additional players to training camp following tomorrow’s eight-round NBA Development League Draft. The first round of the draft can be seen live on NBA TV. The Vipers are holding a watching party at Jackson’s All American Sports Grill on the corner of N. 10th St. and Dove Ave. in McAllen starting at 6:00 p.m. Asumnu will be on hand to model the new Vipers jerseys and fans will be given the opportunity to try them on and take pictures in them if they become season ticket holders or refer their friends to become season ticket holders during the party. Fans will receive live analysis of the draft from the Vipers broadcast team, Alex Del Barrio and Jonah Goldberg. This will include a live interview with Vipers head coach Chris Finch following the Vipers’ first pick. Fans will be able to watch the draft unfold on multiple screens through a web cam situated in the war room at Toyota Center in Houston.
Asumnu has played for the Vipers for the last two seasons. He spent the off-season as a member of the community and an ambassador for the Vipers in the Rio Grande Valley. The 6-5 small forward out of Tennessee averaged 10.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in 47 contests for the Vipers last season.
Looby was in Denver Nuggets training camp after playing for the NBA D-League Select Team during the 2009 NBA Summer League Presented by EA Sports in Las Vegas, averaging 4.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in five contests. Looby’s best game came in a 94-90 loss to the Nuggets on July 18, when he recorded a double-double with ten points, 11 rebounds (four offensive) and three blocks in 23 minutes of action. One of only two Vipers to play in all 50 games last season, Looby averaged 6.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. In Looby’s most impressive outing of the season, during a 113-101 win over the Iowa Energy on April 5, he recorded a triple-double with 14 points, 22 rebounds, the most by any Viper during the season, and a franchise-record 11 blocked shots. On January 16, Looby moved into the starting lineup for the final 29 games of the season, averaging 8.6 points, 11.1 rebounds (4.7 offensive) and 3.3 blocks per game. He reached double-figures in scoring 13 times and double-digits in rebounds 17 times, while recording ten double-doubles and one triple-double. He shot 58.4% (101-173) from the field and 64.8% (35-54) from the foul line. He led the league in every blocking category, including total blocks (127), blocks per game (2.54), blocks per 48 minutes (4.78) and blocks per personal foul (0.96).
Scott gave the Vipers their first representation during All-Star weekend, as he was the runner up in the Dream Factory Friday night Three-Point Shootout. Scott had 20 points in the first round and 19 in the second round, which would have been enough to win the NBA competition the next night, but was not enough to defeat Dakota’s Blake Ahearn that night. The Vipers were supposed to have a player in the All-Star game during their first season, but C.J. Watson received a GATORADE Call-Up to the Golden State Warriors and was therefore ineligible to participate. Scott averaged 8.0 points per game wile shooting 39.8% from behind the arc.
Hubbard averaged 8.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, including 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 27 contests (eight starts) with the Vipers, after being traded from the Wizards on January 7. He scored a season-high 20 points against the Colorado 14ers on January 14 and recorded two double-doubles, including an 11-point, 17-rebound performance against the Tulsa 66ers on January 21. Both games were at Dodge Arena.
Sensley played in seven games for the Colorado 14ers before moving over to the Vipers for the final ten games (three starts). Overall, he averaged 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Clinkscales played for the Vipers during the final six games of the season. Clinkscales was first in the league in assist to turnover ratio (3.85), sixth in assists per 48 minutes (9.2) and eleventh in assists per game (5.3).
Harris played in 17 regular season and three playoff games for the Rockets. He averaged 3.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 9.4 minutes of work during the regular season. The 6-6, 240 pound small forward graduated from Rice University in 2005 as the leading scorer (2,014 points) and leading rebounder (1,111 rebounds) in school history. He played for BC Kyiv of the Ukranian Super League during the 2005-06 season before moving on to the NBA Development League’s Colorado 14ers for the 2006-07 season. He spent that pre-season in camp with the Milwaukee Bucks before averaging 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.54 blocks for the 14ers. Harris played for the Dongguan New Century Leopard of the Chinese Basketball Association during the 2007-08 season, averaging 24.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per game in 25 contests. After that season ended, he signed a 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets before earning a contract for the remainder of the season. Harris spent the 2008 pre-season with the Rockets as well.
Temple averaged 2.5 points per game in four contests for the Rockets during the pre-season, including seven points against the Indiana Pacers on October 16 in 18 minutes of action. He scored his first point of the pre-season against the Boston Cetlics at Dodge Arena on October 7, when the Vipers hosted a Rockets pre-season game. Temple also picked up a steal in the game.
A native of Dayton, Dugat ranks 12th all-time at Baylor with 1,229 career points and tied a school record with 64 career victories. He graduated in 2009 seventh all-time with 158 career three-point field goals made and fourth all-time with 152 career steals. He averaged 10.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game in 117 contests.
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league and featured 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams during the 2008-09 season. This fall, two new NBA Development League teams will begin play in Portland, Maine and Springfield, Mass.-- the birthplace of basketball. Eighty-four former NBA Development League players were on 2008-09 NBA end-of-season rosters, amounting to almost 20 percent of NBA players, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams. 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 Development League Cares programs. The NBA Development League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA Development League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.