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Former TU Standout Ben Uzoh Called Up By Cavaliers

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Ben Uzoh, a former Golden Hurricane star, has signed a 10-day contract with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. (AP Photo) Ben Uzoh, a former Golden Hurricane star, has signed a 10-day contract with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. (AP Photo)
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Former University of Tulsa basketball standout Ben Uzoh has signed a 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cleveland's General Manager Chris Grant made the announcement Friday saying that Uzoh has been called up from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the Development League making him the 22nd Gatorade call-up of the 2011-12 season.

Uzoh will wear No. 6 for the Cavaliers and is available for tonight's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The San Antonio, Texas native has started 12 games for the Vipers averaging 16.8 points on .52.5 percent shooting, 6.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals in 34.4 minutes per game.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound point guard was named the D-League Performer of the Week for games played Jan. 16-22 after averaging 22.3 points on .651 shooting, 8.3 assists and 7.3 rebounds in 37.0 minutes and leading Rio Grande Valley to a perfect 3-0 week.

He scored a season-high 31 points to go with 10 assists for his first double-double of the season in a 116-104 road win over the Reno Bighorns on Jan. 21.

Uzoh spent the 2010-11 season with the New Jersey Nets, playing in 42 games and posting averages of 3.8 points on 42.4 shooting, 1.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 10.4 minutes per game.

While at Tulsa, Uzoh was a four year starter and letter winner and he shares the school record for career games played with 141.

He was a three-time all-Conference USA selection, earning second -team honors twice and first-team accolades as a senior. On his career Uzoh averaged 13.8 points, five rebounds and three assists. In addition, he is the only player in school history to rank among the top-10 for points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots.

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