For the second time this year, the BayHawks have traded a first-round draft pick. In December, they traded the number two overall pick, Donell Taylor to Idaho for Mike Gansey. Today, they traded the number 10 pick, Alade Aminu, to the Bakersfield Jam for Blake Ahearn.
I have my own thoughts on this trade and what I'd call the misuse of Aminu, but I'm saving them for later this week when I have a little time to process and hopefully gather some more information on the trade. For now, here's the info on the trade straight from the press release:
The Erie BayHawks today acquired guard Blake Ahearn from the Bakersfield Jam in exchange for forward Alade Aminu.
Ahearn, 6-2 180 lbs., is currently in his third NBA Development League season. He was drafted by the Dakota Wizards in 2007 and averaged 19 points per game, including a league-leading 96% free-throw shooting percentage, helping him earn Rookie of the Year honors. In 2008-09 he again led the league in free-throw shooting connecting on 95% of his attempts, and averaged a team high 22.7 points and 5 assists per game.
After spending two months playing for Asefa Estudiantes of Spain's ACB league at the start of the 2009-10 season, Ahearn returned to D-League and was dealt from Dakota to Bakersfield. He’s appeared in seventeen games with the Jam this season averaging 14.3 points and 4.1 assists per game.
In 2009, Ahearn starred during All-Star Weekend, earning co-MVP honors in the League’s All-Star game a day after winning the three-point competition. He is a 2007 graduate of Missouri State where he finished as the all-time leading free throw shooter in NCAA Division I history with a 94.6% career mark.
Ahearn has had short stints with three different NBA teams including the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs.
Aminu, a 2009-10 All-Star, was part of a 2009 draft day trade that sent the rights of forward Rob Kurz to Fort Wayne in exchange for the forward from Georgia Tech. He was averaging 12.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for Erie. Aminu will join the Jam today and is expected to be available for today’s game against the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
Ahearn will be in uniform for the BayHawks when they host the Iowa Energy in a two-game series Friday and Saturday night at the Tullio Arena with tip-off set for 7:15 p.m. each night.