Friday, February 25, 2011

The Warrior is a Warrior

Jim Calhoun used to refer to Jeff Adrien as a "warrior" about once a week back when Adrien was a power forward for the Huskies. Now, he literally is a Warrior, having signed with Golden State.

Here's the press release:

The Golden State Warriors signed forward Jeff Adrien of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for the 10th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2010-11 NBA Development League season. Adien’s call-up increases the number of current NBA players with NBA D-League experience, including players currently on assignment to their NBA D-League affiliates, to 84.

In 27 games (21 starts) this season, Adrien has averaged 18.3 points and a league-leading 11.2 rebounds. The NBA D-League Player of the Month for January and an NBA D-League All-Star, Adrien has recorded 20 double-doubles, and has averaged 19.9 points and 12.2 rebounds in 22 games (20 starts) since joining Rio Grande Valley from the Erie BayHawks via trade on Dec. 30.

Adrien (6-7, 245) played 15 games with Golden State earlier this season, averaging 2.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10.8 minutes.

A second-year pro out of Connecticut, Adrien finished his four-year collegiate career as the first Huskies player to record at least 1,600 points (1,603) and 1,000 rebounds (1,126). As a senior, Adrien averaged 13.6 points and 9.9 rebounds in 36 games, earning All-Big East Second Team honors and leading UConn to a Final Four appearance. In his junior season, Adrien averaged 14.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in 33 games and was named an All-Big East First Team performer.

Adrien is expected to join the Warriors today, and should be available when they host the Atlanta Hawks tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET.

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