Vipers Join NBA Teams
POSTED: Monday, July 6, 2009 - 10:46pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jonah Goldberg
LOOBY & HUBBARD TO PLAY FOR NBA D-LEAGUE SELECT TEAM IN NBA SUMMER LEAGUE PRESENTED BY EA SPORTS
July 6, 2009
MCALLEN, TEXAS - The NBA D-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced today that Kurt Looby and Marcus Hubbard will play for the NBA D-League Select Team in the NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports July 10-through-19 at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion in Las Vegas.
Looby and Hubbard become the fifth and sixth Vipers to take part in an NBA Summer League following last week’s announcement that Jared Jordan will play for the Golden State Warriors. Last year, Aaron Brooks played for the Houston Rockets, C.J. Watson played for the Warriors and Desmon Farmer played for the Toronto Raptors.
In Looby’s most impressive outing of the season, 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).
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 Dakota Wizards on January 7.
He scored a season-high 20 points against the Colorado 14ers on January 14 and recorded two double-doubles, including a 11-point, 17-rebound performance against the Tulsa 66ers on January 21. Both games were at Dodge Arena.
The NBA D-League Select team begins their summer schedule when they face-off against the Minnesota Timberwolves at 3:00 p.m. CT at the Cox Pavilion.
The 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports is comprised of 21 NBA teams and the NBA D-League Select squad, and features rookies, second-year players and select free agents.
The 2009 NBA D-League Select roster and game schedule are listed below:
PLAYER POS HT WT BORN COLLEGE NBA D-LEAGUE TEAM NBA EXP.
Coleman Collins F 6-9 225 7/21/86 Virginia Tech. Fort Wayne Mad Ants R
Will Frisby F 6-8 235 6/9/81 Miami Dakota Wizards R
Gary Forbes F 6-7 220 2/25/85 Massachusetts Tulsa 66ers R
Marcus Hubbard C 6-9 230 12/23/83 Angelo State Rio Grande Valley Vipers R
Othyus Jeffers G/F 6-5 200 8/15/87 Robert Morris Iowa Energy R
Jasper Johnson F 6-8 275 5/21/83 Delta State Albuquerque Thunderbirds R
Trey Johnson G 6-6 216 8/30/84 Jackson St. Bakersfield Jam 1
Kurt Looby C 6-10 230 2/17/84 Iowa Rio Grande Valley Vipers R
Walker Russell Jr. G 6-0 170 10/6/82 Jacksonville St. Fort Wayne Mad Ants R
Curtis Stinston G 6-3 215 2/15/83 Iowa State Iowa Energy R
Head Coach: Scott Roth (Bakersfield Jam)
Assistant Coaches: Jason Glover (Reno Bighorns), Dale Osbourne (Utah Flash)
Athletic Trainer: Michael Douglas (Reno Bighorns)
NBA D-League Select Schedule (all times ET):
DATE OPPONENT TIME LOCATION
July 13 Minnesota 4:00 p.m. COX Pavilion
July 15 Sacramento 8:30 p.m. Thomas & Mack Center
July 17 Phoenix 10:00 p.m. COX Pavilion
July 18 Denver 10:00 p.m. COX Pavilion
July 19 Portland 10:00 p.m. COX Pavilion