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Vipers Trade For Three-Point Threat

March 4, 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 Jeff Trepagnier from the Bakersfield Jam for Alpha Bangura, who was activated today following the waiving of Maurice Carter.

Trepagnier will join the at Vipers practice tomorrow.

In 36 games with the Jam, Trepagnier was averaging 10.9 points and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 35.3% from behind the arc and 84.8% from the free throw line.

"Jeff Trepagnier will bring us great veteran leadership, scoring from the two and three spots, and the ability to stretch the floor with his three-point shooting range," Vipers head coach Clay Moser said.

The 29-year old 6'4 shooting guard out of the University of Southern California was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the seventh pick of the second round (35th overall) in the 2001 NBA Draft.

After playing in 12 games with the Cavaliers during the 2001-02 season, Trepagnier moved onto the Denver Nuggets for 19 games during the 02-03 and 03-04 seasons. He has a .462-career three-point shooting percentage (6-13) in the NBA while averaging 2.8 points per game, including a career-high 5.6 points in eight games during the 02-03 season.

Trepagnier has D-League experience, playing for the Asheville Altitude during the 02-03 season.

At USC, Trepagnier graduated in 15th place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,128 points. He was second all-time in steals, fourth in blocked shots and 15th in three-pointers made. He also competed on the track and field team as a high jumper. Trepagnier recorded a 42-inch vertical leap and won second place in the Pac-10 Championships in 1999 and 2000.

Bangura played in 26 games for the Vipers, starting 18 times and averaging 18.9 points per game. The shooting guard was waived due to injury on February 16th.

Carter started the season as a practice-squad player for the Vipers and joined the active roster on January 15th as a backup point guard, averaging 3.6 points and 1.6 assists per game in 14 contests.


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