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Jam Acquires John Williams

December 2, 2009 - NBA G League (G League) - Bakersfield Jam News Release

(Bakersfield, Calif. - December 2) - The Bakersfield Jam has announced the acquisition of John Williams, a former All-Region First Teamer from Bryant University who also stood out for head coach Will Voigt's Vermont Frost Heaves last season.

"We are glad we were able to finalize this deal and add John to the roster," said co-owner David Higdon. "Obviously Coach knows him quite well, and we've spoken to a lot of other people - he has gotten rave reviews from everyone."

Williams graduated from Bryant University in 2006, after scoring over 20 ppg and shooting over 44% from three-point range in back-to-back seasons. Following his senior season, he was honored as Co-Player of the Year in the Northeast-10 Conference.

"Having coached him in Vermont, I can say that John is a great addition to our team - he sets a great example with his attitude and effort," Coach Voigt said. "He has worked hard to develop his game, and I am excited to see him get to showcase his skills in the NBA D-League."

Williams will likely be asked to add some scoring punch to a team that has dropped its first two games at Albuquerque and Los Angeles. He was a full-time starter and the second-leading scorer for the Frost Heaves last season, pouring in 15.3 ppg on a robust 52.2% FG shooting, not to mention 43.4% from beyond the arc.

"After only being able to practice for so long, I'm definitely psyched to get out there and play a real NBA D-League Game," said Williams. "I'm just very excited to get out on the floor, and very ready to contribute."

To make room for Williams on the roster, the Jam released guard Akeem Wright. In two games for the Jam, Wright averaged 4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14 minutes.

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