Vipers: Looby Joins Nuggets Camp
POSTED: Monday, September 21, 2009 - 4:26pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm
LOOBY GOING TO TRAINING CAMP WITH NUGGETS
September 21, 2009
MCALLEN, TEXAS - The NBA D-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced today that center Kurt Looby has been invited to NBA Training Camp by the Denver Nuggets.
Looby played for the NBA D-League Select Team during the 2009 NBA Summer League Presented by EA Sports in Las Vegas, averaging 4.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in five contests. Looby’s best game came in a 94-90 loss to the Nuggets on July 18, when he recorded a double-double with ten points, 11 rebounds (four offensive) and three blocks in 23 minutes of action.
One of only two Vipers to play in all 50 games last season, Looby averaged 6.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. In Looby’s most impressive outing of the season, during 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).