On Sunday night against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Iowa Energy's Jarvis Varnado put together one of the most impressive performances of the young season.
In 33 minutes, the 6-foot-9 center recorded the first triple-double of his pro career, scoring 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field, grabbing 16 rebounds and blocking 10 shots. In fact, he should have been credited for a few more blocks, since at least three weren't recorded in the box-score, as you'll see in his highlight reel below. Nevertheless, it came in a winning effort, thanks to a strong fourth quarter by the Energy, which saw them outscore the Vipers by 24 points.
It's not the first time Varnado has recorded double-digit blocks in a game this season. On December 6th against the Erie Bayhawks, he blocked 10 shots, but just missed a triple-double by grabbing only eight rebounds. He's come close to that mark a couple of other times, too, swatting away nine of the Mad Ants' shots on December 12th and another seven against the Jam on January 7th.
As a result, he is now averaging 5.0 blocks per game on the season, by far the most in the D-League. He's also 77 blocks shy of tying Kurt Looby's four-year old record for most blocks in a season.
Before his monstrous performance last night, Yahoo's Marc J. Spears reported that the Philadelphia 76ers are holding a work out on Monday, which will include the Santa Cruz Warriors' Dewayne Dedmon, as well as the Energy's Jarvis Varnado. While Dedmon is the more enticing prospect for the future - he's only played in about 70 games of organised basketball - Varnado may be able to make more of an immediate impact, thanks to his defensive prowess. His offensive game is still a work in progress, yet for a rebuilding team like the 76ers, that's not something they can't work with.