- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Forward Hiram Fuller and guard Donell Taylor impressed the Washington Wizards enough in the Vegas Summer League for the team to sign them to contracts yesterday.

Although terms were not released as per team policy, it is believed the deals are contingent on the players making the roster when the season begins on Nov.2.

“We were really encouraged by both Hiram’s and Donell’s performances during summer league play,” Wizards president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said. “We have watched both of them develop as players, and we’re pleased to add them to our roster.”

Fuller, a 6-foot-9 post player out of Fresno State, averaged 7.0 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds for the Wizards during summer league play in July. Last season Fuller was named to the 2004-05 All-National Basketball Development League first team. He played in four games on a 10-day contract with the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, averaging 10.8 minutes, 2.0 points and 2.8 rebounds.

Taylor, a 6-6 undrafted rookie free agent, led the Wizards in scoring average this summer at 13.6. He played collegiately at Alabama-Birmingham, where he earned second-team All-Conference USA honors after averaging a team-best 15.5 points in his senior season. As a junior, Donell and his twin brother, Ronell, led the Blazers to the Sweet 16 of the 2004 NCAA tournament with a second-round upset of top-seeded Kentucky.

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