Babbitt to play basketball in Russia

Former University of Nevada basketball standout Luke Babbitt has signed to play for BC Nizhny Novgorod of the Russian Professional Basketball League.  Babbitt played two seasons at Nevada before opting for the 2010 NBA Draft where he was selected 16th by the Minnesota Timberwolves and traded to the Portland Trailblazers on draft night.  He played three seasons in Portland and will now take his talents to Russia. 

Babbitt earned Associated Press honorable mention All-America honors and second-team ESPN the Magazine academic All-America honors his sophomore season at Nevada.  In 2009 he was named the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year in 2010.  Both years he was named the WAC first team.

In 68 games at Nevada he scored 1,316 points which ranks 14th in school history and his career scoring average of 19.4 points per game is fifth.  During the 2009-10 season he scored a school record 743 points.

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