Former University of Nevada basketball standout Luke Babbitt has signed a two-year contract with New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. Babbitt the 16th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft played 126 games for the Portland Trail Blazers. He spent part of this season playing for Nizhny Novgorod in Russia where he was averaging 13.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. The Reno native will wear 8 for the Pelicans.
Babbitt played two seasons at Nevada after graduating from Reno's Galena High School. In two seasons playing for the Wolf Pack he scored 1,316 points and grabbed 554 rebounds. Appearing in 68 games he averaged 19.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
In 2010 he was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year after earning Freshman of the Year honors in 2009. Twice he earned first-team All-WAC honors and was named to the All-Newcomer team his freshman season. In 2010 he was selected as an honorable mention Associated Press All-American and to the ESPN the Magazine second-team academic All-America squad.