April 3, 2009 - NBA Development League (D-League) - Idaho Stampede
BOISE, Idaho, April 3, 2009 - The Idaho Stampede announce today they have acquired rookie forward-centre Nathan Jawai from the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. Jawai will continue to be included on the Raptors\' roster and will be placed on the team\'s inactive list.
Jawai was previously assigned to Idaho on February 26, appearing in 10 games with the Stampede, starting nine. He averaged 12.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 25.0 minutes. He posted two double-doubles, with personal bests of 21 points at Utah on March 16 and 10 rebounds on two occasions (versus Reno on March 21 and March 16 versus Rio Grande Valley). He was recalled by Toronto on March 23.
Jawai, 22, has appeared in six games totaling two points and two rebounds in 19 minutes with Toronto this season. He was cleared December 17 to begin physical activity after being sidelined since training camp for precautionary reasons as a result of an abnormality detected during normal procedural pre-season cardiac screening.
The club acquired the draft rights to Jawai from the Indiana Pacers on July 9. He was the 41st overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft. He is the first indigenous player from Australia to be drafted by an NBA team.
Jawai has joined the Stampede in Sioux Falls and will be in uniform to take on the Skyforce Saturday night.