Press release from the Mad Ants:
Fort Wayne’s Russell named NBA Development League Performer of the Week
(NEW YORK, Dec. 6, 2010) – Walker Russell of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played during the week of Nov. 29.
A 6-0, 175-pound guard out of Jacksonville State who has been in training camp with the New York Knicks, Russell led Fort Wayne to a 2-0 record for the week, averaging 24.5 points, 12.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds in the Mad Ants’ road victories at Maine and Springfield over the weekend.
On Friday, Russell had 18 points and 12 assists to lead Fort Wayne to a 105-99 victory over the Red Claws. In the Mad Ants’ 130-124 win at Springfield on Saturday, Russell shot 12-for-16 from the field and 7-for-9 from the free throw line for a team-high 31 points, and added a game-high 13 assists.
Other top performers last week included Bakersfield’s Trey Johnson, who averaged 26.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists in three games, and Jeremy Wise, who averaged 19.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in three games; Fort Wayne’s Chris Hunter, who averaged 20.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in two games; Idaho’s Carlos Wheeler, who averaged 20.7 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in three games; Iowa’s Curtis Stinson, who averaged 15.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 9.0 assists in three games, and Kyle Weaver, who averaged 24.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists in three games; Maine’s Tiny Gallon, who averaged 19.0 points and 10.3 rebounds in three games, and Jamar Smith, who averaged 18.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists in three games; New Mexico’s Dar Tucker, who averaged 22.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in two games; Reno’s Aaron Miles, who averaged 18.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 8.7 assists in three games; Rio Grande Valley’s Patrick Patterson, who averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in two games, and Mustafa Shakur, who averaged 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists in two games; Springfield’s Craig Brackins, who averaged 20.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in three games, and Terrence Williams, who averaged 28.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 10.7 assists in three games; Texas’ Antonio Daniels, who averaged 16.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists in three games, Justin Dentmon, who averaged 18.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in three games, and Dominique Jones who averaged 18.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game; and Utah’s Orien Greene, who averaged 25.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.3 steals in three games, and Andre Ingram, who averaged 22.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in three games.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2010-11 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Texas Legends. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while 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 D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.