Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Tim Ohlbrecht of Germany seemed an odd first round pick by the Armor Friday. It turns out that Springfield --actually Milton Lee of the Nets and Armor's staff-- had a pre-arranged Draft Day deal and Monday, the Armor announced it had traded Ohlbrecht's rights to the Rio Grande Vipers for Ben Uzoh, the former Net.
"I’m extremely excited about Ben joining our organization," said Armor head coach Bob MacKinnon. "Getting a lead guard of his caliber, someone who we feel is a definite NBA Call-Up prospect, is a tremendous accomplishment for our organization. I think the fans in Springfield will be very excited to welcome Ben back."
While the Nets are stacked at point guard with Deron Williams, C.J. Watson and rookie Tyshawn Taylor, Uzoh has NBA experience, topped off by last April's triple-double against the Nets. More importantly, Uzoh has proven himself to be a top D-League player.
He appeared in 42 games off the Nets’ bench during the 2010-11 season, averaging 3.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 10.4 minutes. Uzoh was assigned to the Armor during the 2010-11 season for his first-career stint in the NBA D-League, averaging 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.2 steals in 33.3 minutes. All four of the games Uzoh appeared in with Springfield were played on the road.
Last season, Uzoh saw action in 18 NBA games (eight starts) during the 2011-12 season as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, averaging 4.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 20.6 minutes. He was cut by the Nuggets last month.
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