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Vipers Acquire Second Point Guard

March 30, 2009 - NBA G League (G League) - Rio Grande Valley Vipers News Release

HIDALGO, TEXAS - The NBA D-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced today that they acquired Cliff Clinkscales from the player pool. To make room on the roster, the Vipers waived Jeff Trepagnier.

In 43 games (nine starts) with the Erie BayHawks, Clinkscales averaged 7.3 points and 5.3 assists (11th in the D-League) per game while shooting 45.1% from the field. He is sixth in the league in assists per 48 minutes (8.9) and first in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.02.

"We like Cliff's ability to get into the middle of the lane and create shots for others. He brings us a true point guard to back up Jared Jordan," Vipers head coach Clay Moser said.

The 24-year old 6'1 point guard out of DePaul, Clinkscales averaged 2.5 points and 3.1 assists per game in 122 contests over a four-year career with the Blue Demons that ended in 2008.

During his senior season of 2007-08, Clinkscales led the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.6.

In nine games with the Vipers, Trepagnier was averaging 8.3 points per game. In 45 games overall, including his time with the Bakersfield Jam, Trepagnier 10.4 points per game.

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