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Former UVM hoops star Marqus Blakely signs with Houston Rockets

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Published reports out of Houston indicate that former University of Vermont men's basketball star and two-time America East player of the year Marqus Blakely has signed a three-year deal with the NBA's Houston Rockets.

Blakely's three-year deal is not guaranteed, but indications are he will join the team in Minneapolis for the team's final regular season game against the Timberwolves on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Blakely, who began his first pro season with Bakersfield in the D-League, was later traded to Iowa. He has averaged 15 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season.

The website reports that Blakely will miss his D-League team's third and final playoff game to join the Rockets.

Blakely was the final player cut by the Los Angeles Clippers prior to the start of the regular season and when he joins the Rockets for their final game he will become the first Catamount to be on an active roster for a regular-season NBA game.