Denver Signs 14ers Guard Von Wafer
April 13, 2007 - NBA G League (G League) News Release
GREENVILLE, S.C., April 13, 2007 - The Denver Nuggets have signed Colorado 14ers guard Von Wafer for the remainder of the season, team Vice President of Basketball Operations Mark Warkentien announced today. Wafer is the 22nd Gatorade Call-Up from the D-League to the NBA this season spread among 16 players, both all-time highs for the league.
"Von is a very talented young player who had a tremendous season in the D-League," said Warkentien. "We feel he has a bright future in the NBA."
Wafer, 6-5, 210, ranked second in the D-League in both scoring (21.0 ppg) and three-point field goal percentage (.453/120-265) this past season with Colorado. Drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers 39th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft, Wafer spent the 2005-06 season with the Lakers averaging 1.3 ppg in 16 games. He was also called up from Colorado and signed to a 10-day contract by the L.A. Clippers on Feb. 21, 2007 where he played one minute in one game before being waived on Feb. 28.
Wafer will join the Nuggets in Oklahoma City where they will take on the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets tonight.
The NBA Development League includes the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (N.M.), Anaheim Arsenal (Calif.), Arkansas RimRockers (Little Rock), Austin Toros (Texas), Bakersfield Jam (Calif.), Colorado 14ers (Broomfield), Dakota Wizards (Bismarck, N.D.), Fort Worth Flyers (Texas), Idaho Stampede (Boise), Los Angeles D-Fenders (Calif.), Sioux Falls Skyforce (S.D.) and Tulsa 66ers (Okla.). Expansion teams for the 2007-08 season have already been announced in Orem, Utah, the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, Des Moines, Iowa and Fort Wayne, Ind.
The D-League continues to develop talent from across all disciplines for the NBA's 30 teams and the entire NBA umbrella. In addition to 22 Gatorade Call-Ups, there have been 24 NBA first or second year players assigned to D-League affiliates this season. Additionally, every referee hired by the NBA since 2002 has worked in the D-League, while coaches, athletic trainers and front office executives are also being developed.
Established to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally, the D-League also offers fun, family entertainment at affordable prices. For additional information on the NBA Development League, visit D-LEAGUE.com.
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