NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former Tennessee State men’s basketball student-athlete and current Rio Grande Valley Viper Robert Covington was named Most Valuable Player of the NBA D- League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire.
The Chicago native scored 33 points and added six rebounds and three steals in leading the Prospects over the Futures 145-142 at Sprint Arena at NBA All-Star Jam Session on Saturday night.
Covington, who signed a contract with the Houston Rockets prior to this season, has spent most of his rookie campaign with the Vipers, averaging 21.4 points in 23 games. He's appeared in five games with the Rockets, averaging 3.8 minutes.
"It's a great feeling being able to play well in this game in front of our GM Daryl Morey and all these others scouts and NBA people," said Covington, whose 33 points set a new NBA D-League All-Star Game record. "I feel like I've gotten better during my time with Rio Grande Valley, and it’s good to see the hard work paying off in a game like this."
Covington made 12 of 23 shots in the game, including 4 of 8 3-pointers to set the record and earn the game’s MVP.