April 15, 2011

Red Claws standout wins Rookie of the Year

From staff reports

Maine Red Claws rookie forward DeShawn Sims was named the 2011 NBA Development League Rookie of the Year.

Sims, a former Michigan standout, finished fourth overall in scoring during the regular season and led all league rookies with 20.3 points per game.

He had seven 30-plus point performances for the Red Claws, including a season-high 35 points on March. 3.

Said team President and General Manager Jon Jennings in a statement: “The obstacles DeShawn has been forced to overcome in his life have been well-documented, and they are things that would cause a lesser man to choose another path. That determination earned him his way to the NBA D-League All-Star Game as a rookie, it brought him the Rookie of the Year trophy – there is no question in my mind, his next step is the NBA.”

Sims also earned a spot on the All-Rookie First Team.

Rookie point guard Jamar Smith was named to the All-Rookie second team. He averaged 13.5 points per game.

 

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