HOUSTON – Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has recalled forward Robert Covington from Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley.
Covington (6-9, 215, Tennessee State), who was assigned to the Vipers on Nov. 6, has averaged 21.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.48 steals and 1.33 blocks in 21 games (21 starts) with Rio Grande Valley this season. Through Jan. 17, Covington stands 10th in the D-League in scoring (21.0) and second in the league in steals per game (2.48).
A member of the Rockets 2013 Orlando Pro Summer League, Covington averaged 12.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.40 steals in five games (two starts) with Houston this summer. Undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, Covington averaged 14.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks in 118 career games over four seasons at Tennessee State.
He finished his career seventh all-time in school history with 1,750 points and seventh in rebounds with 876. Covington was named Second Team All-OVC as a senior and sophomore, while earning First Team All-OVC honors as a junior. He was also named to the Ohio Valley Conference All Newcomer Team as a freshman.