Mavericks Draft Nivins; Obtain Calathes

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DALLAS— The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have selected forward Ahmad Nivins with the 56th overall selection of the 2009 NBA Draft and have acquired 45th pick Nick Calathes from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for the future second round pick of the Portland Trailblazers that the Mavericks obtained in a trade on June 24, 2009.

Nivins (6-9, 242) finished his career as the third-leading scorer in the history of Saint Josheph’s University with 1,789 points. He was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year following his senior season after averaging 19.2 points and 11.8 rebounds while shooting .612 from the field and starting all 32 games. Nivins was All-America honorable mention and became just the second player in A-10 history to lead the league in field goal percentage for three consecutive seasons.

During his time at St. Joe’s, the Jersey City, N.J., native registered 33 double-doubles, earned All A-10 honors three times and was an A-10 All-Rookie selection as a freshman. He also participated in the 2007 Pan Am Games for Team USA.

“Ahmad was the Atlantic-10 player of the year and a member of the All-Defensive team,” President of Basketball Operations Donnie Nelson said. “He is a great rebounder and shot blocker that has improved every year.”

Calathes (6-6, 194) was an early entry candidate into the 2009 Draft after completing his sophomore year at the University of Florida. In 2008-09, the point guard averaged 17.8 points and 6.4 assists per game. As a sophomore, Calathes was named First Team All-Southeastern Conference and was the only player in the nation to average better than 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists. In his freshman campaign, the Winter Park, Fla., native was named SEC Newcomer of the Year and All-SEC Second Team.

“We are extremely fortunate to be in a position to acquire Nick from the Timberwolves,” Nelson said. “He is a terrific young prospect with an excellent upside.”