McALLEN -- The defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced Wednesday that Jeff Adrien (6-7, 245, UConn) and Houston Rockets-assignee Marcus Cousin (6-11, 255, Houston) are members of the All-NBA Development League Second Team, Jerel McNeal (6-3, 200, Marquette) is on the All-NBA Development League Third Team, and Patrick Sullivan (6-9, 215, S.E. Louisiana) earned honorable mention, as voted on by the league head coaches.
The NBA Development League Player of the Month for January, Adrien averaged 18.3 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 27 games (21 starts). He led the league with 20 double-doubles. After joining the Vipers on December 30, the Vipers went on a 10-game winning streak to kick off a 22-game stretch in which they went 18-4 record (.818). Adrien averaged 19.9 points, 12.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while starting 20 games with the Vipers. Adrien became the second GATORADE Call-Up from the Vipers this season and the 14th in franchise history when he signed with the Golden State Warriors for the rest of the season on February 25.
Signed by the Rockets on Monday and then assigned to the Vipers, Cousin made his debut for the Vipers last night, scoring six points with one rebound and two blocks in 11 minutes off the bench. In 46 games (45 starts) with the Austin Toros, Cousin averaged 14.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. A Western Conference All-Star, Cousin was tied for sixth in the league with 19 double-doubles. Cousin's first GATORADE Call-Up came when he signed a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz on March 9. In four games, Cousin scored four points with three rebounds and one block in 18 minutes. He hit 2-of-3 shots.
McNeal averaged 19.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.3 steals while starting 47 games during the regular season. The only three games he missed came during a GATORADE Call-Up to the New Orleans Hornets. He did not see any action during his 10 days in the NBA.
Sullivan averaged 9.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 50 games (19 starts). He is one of only three Vipers to appear in every regular season game.