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Fort Wayne's Walker Russell, Jr. Signs With Detroit Pistons

NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2012 The Detroit Pistons today signed guard Walker Russell, Jr. of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for the 17th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2011-12 NBA Development League season. Russell joins 103 NBA players with NBA D-League experience currently on 2011-12 rosters.

Russell (6-0, 175, Jacksonville State) has appeared in 16 games for the Mad Ants this season, averaging 16.0 points, a league-leading 9.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds. He has recorded eight point-assist double-doubles, including an NBA D-League season-high 19 assists in a 100-96 win over the Bakersfield Jam on Jan. 9 at the 2012 NBA D-League Showacse in Reno. For his efforts, he was named NBA D-League Performer of the Week on Dec. 5.

Russell, who rejoins the Pistons following a stint with the team during the 2011 NBA training camp, is expected to be available tonight when Detroit hosts the visiting Memphis Grizzlies at The Palace at Auburn Hills.