April 15, 2011
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Former University of Michigan men's basketball standout DeShawn Sims (2007-10) was selected as the NBA Development League's 2010-11 Rookie of the Year on Friday (April 15) based on a vote by the league's coaches.
Sims, who also earned All-NBADL third team and All-NBADL All-Rookie first team, averaged 20.3 points per game, fourth best in the league, in 48 games with the Maine Red Claws. He also pulled down 7.7 rebounds per contest and shot 50.6 percent from the field during the season. Sims scored in double figures in 41 games and registered 13 double-doubles.
Earlier in the season, Sims was selected to play in the NBA D-League All-Star Game. He scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds in 20 minutes playing for the victorious East All-Stars.
Sims joins Cleveland Cavaliers guard Alonzo Gee (Austin, 2009-10), Washington Wizards guard Othyus Jeffers (Iowa, 2008-09), Blake Ahearn (Dakota, 2007-08), Golden State Warriors forward Louis Amundson (Colorado, 2006-07), Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum (Roanoke 2005-06), James Thomas (Roanoke 2004-05), Desmond Penigar (Asheville, 2003-04), Devin Brown (Fayetteville, 2002-03) and Fred House (Charleston, 2001-02) as winners of the annual Rookie of the Year award.
In addition, former Wolverine teammate Manny Harris (2008-10) wrapped up his first season with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. Harris, who signed with the Cavaliers as an undrafted free agent, appeared in 54 games for the Cavs, averaging 5.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423