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The Los Angeles D-Fenders announced that Gabe Pruitt, who was waived in November due to injury, is healthy and able to play. In an effort to make room for Pruitt on the roster, the D-Fenders have waived shooting guard Charlie Parker. Pruitt, a point guard from USC, attended the 2009 D-Fenders training camp as an allocation player. The Los Angeles native finished his three-year career with the Trojans ranked 27th all-time in scoring with 1,102 points.
Pruitt was drafted in 2007 by the Boston Celtics and was assigned to Boston’s NBA D-League affiliate during the 2007-08 season. He played minimally in the 2008-2009 season, and was waived by the Celtics during the summer of 2009 before joining the New York Knicks for the 2009 pre-season.
During a tumultuous two-year tenure with the Celtics, Pruitt never got off on the right foot. After sitting on the bench while the team acquired veteran point guards in his place (Sam Cassell in 2008 and Stephon Marbury in 2009), Pruitt capped off his Celtics career with a DUI arrest and subsequent suspension.
The Bakersfield Jam has announced the acquisition of John Williams, a former All-Region First Teamer from Bryant University (in Rhode Island) who also stood out for head coach Will Voigt’s Vermont Frost Heaves last season. Williams graduated from Bryant University in 2006, after scoring over 20 ppg and shooting over 44% from three-point range in back-to-back seasons. Following his senior season, he was honored as Co-Player of the Year in the Northeast-10 Conference.
To make room for Williams on the roster, the Jam released guard Akeem Wright. In two games for the Jam, Wright averaged 4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14 minutes.
As a starter, former Celtic Dahntay Jones notched 16 points for the Pacers.