He is who I thought he was. This goes to Rio Grande Valley's Jared Jordan, who is finally playing like I assumed he should be when he came out of Marist. Jordan has been in the D-League since mid-December, and over the past three games, has finally decided to flourish. Including last nights 18 point, 14 assist game, he's averaging 19 points and 14.7 assists, shooting 59% from the field.
Maureece Rice, the rookie out George Washington with my least favorite spelling of Maureece, is lighting it up lately for the Erie Bayhawks. Over his past five games, he's averaging 25 points, 4.6 assists and 4.6 rebounds, shooting 59% from the field. Rice was in the 76ers training camp, but didn't last long.
Congrats, Fort Wayne Mad Ants. I'm proud of you for finally winning a game that you should. After losing seven of their past eight, some blowouts, some fourth quarter collapses, the Mad Ants beat the 7-25 Tulsa 66ers. Without any sort of post presence (Ryan Humphrey was held out with a sore knee, Steven Hill had his knee scoped a few weeks ago with no return date set, Chris Richard was just released after his season-ending back injury shortly before all-star break), Fort Wayne was able to pull out a 122-116 victory. Ron Howard had a big game with 31 points and 15 boards. Walker Russell, who was a favorite for a call-up, has been struggling with turnovers showing up in the box score lately, averaging over seven the past three games. Lucky for him, he's averaging over 11 assists in that same frame.
The Idaho Stampede struggled mightily, losing by 15 to the Utah Flash, who were led by Dontell Jefferson's 22 points and 10 boards. Ronald Dupree also had another solid game, scoring 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Idaho shot just 32.5%, with big man Lance Allred going just 1-for-9 from the field. Randy Livingston got his first chance at being a head coach as well, as Bryan Gates was ejected with two technical's in the fourth. Toronto's Nate Jawai had eight points, six assists, and fouled out in 17 minutes of action. Yikes.
Fresh off of Damone Brown's "issues", Reno struggled mightily, losing 96-79 to the Anaheim Arsenal. For Anaheim, James White beasted as usual, scoring 36 points to go with seven assists, but made just one of his six 3-point attempts. Cedric Bozeman, who is one of the most underrated point guards in the league, had 15 points, 10 boards, and eight assists for the Arsenal. Reno was led by Russell Robinson's 16 points along with 14 points and nine boards off the bench for Patrick Ewing Jr.
Bakersfield had 10 more turnovers than the visiting LA D-Fender's, and thus, they lost. Los Angeles was led by Dwayne Mitchell, who had a monster game with 25 points, 14 boards, and eight assists. For the Jam, Derrick Byars continued his solid play, scoring 19 points while grabbing six assists and five boards. Mateen Cleaves had 11 points, 11 assists as well, albeit in a losing effort.