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Friday, July 20, 2012
Mavericks sign rookie Jae Crowder

By ESPNDallas.com

The Mavericks announced Friday that they have signed second-round draft choice Jae Crowder, a forward from Marquette with NBA roots. Below is the team's release:
DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks announced today they have signed second round draft choice Jae Crowder. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Crowder (6-6, 235) was the 34th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was acquired by the Mavericks on June 28, 2012, along with the draft rights to 24th overall pick Jared Cunningham and 33rd overall pick Bernard James, in exchange for guard Kelenna Azubuike and the draft rights to the 17th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Tyler Zeller.

The Villa Rica, Ga., native is currently playing for Dallas at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He is averaging 14.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 32.3 minutes while starting his first three games.

Crowder is a four-year player who finished his career at Marquette after transferring from Howard College where he was NJCAA Player of the Year. In his senior year at Marquette, he was named Big East Player of the Year when he averaged 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game.