BAKERSFIELD, November 3, 2010— The Bakersfield Jam announced today seven returning, affiliated, and local try-out players invited to training camp. The retuning players include Trey Johnson, Jeremy Wise, and Patrick Mutombo. Andrew Naymick and Stephen Dennis highlight the affiliated class. Tyler Newton and Isaac Wells are the local try-out stand-outs.
After participating in the training camp and playing in five preseason games with the Los Angeles Lakers, Johnson returns to the Jam where he averaged 21.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists last season. A 2008-09 D-League All-Star and All-D-League Second Team member, this 6-6 guard out of Jackson State has also played overseas in France, Italy and Serbia and with the Cleveland Cavaliers under a 10-day contract in February of 2009.
Appearing in 45 games for the Jam, Wise averaged 16.6 points, 5.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds last season. This 6-3 guard out of Southern Mississippi left school after his junior year and signed a pro contract. He was invited to participate in the Golden State Warriors training camp this summer.
Mutombo returns for his second season with the Jam after averaging 5.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 25 games last year. As a junior in college, this 6-6 forward was named as the RMAC Co-Player of the Year and led Metropolitan State to a NCAA Division II national title. He has years of overseas experience, playing for Greece and Italy and played on the Belgian National Team in 2004 and 2006.
Naymick joins the Bakersfield Jam as an affiliate player after playing in the NBA Summer League 2010, earning an invitation to training camp and appearing in 2 preseason games for the Los Angeles Lakers. The last two seasons, Naymick spent time playing professionally in Spain and Poland. While at Michigan State, he blocked 60 shots during his senior season, the second-best single-season total in school history.
Dennis comes to Bakersfield as an affiliate player after playing in the preseason for the Los Angeles Clippers where he averaged 4.3 points, 2.3 assists and 2.0 rebounds. This 6-6 guard played collegiately for Kutztown University where he set the school record for career points (2,406), field goals (850), free throws (621) and assists (447) and led Kutztown to two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Last year, Dennis was named as the 2010 Division II College Basketball Player of the Year, finished the season as the NCAA Division II scoring leader and was named the PSAC East Player of the Year.
Newton earned a training camp invitation from the Jam at a local try-out. A 6-11 center out of University of the Pacific last played professionally in Japan where he was named to the All-Star Team.
Wells rounds out the training camp invitees and earned his invitation at a local try-out. This 6-8 forward played at Arkansas State before going overseas to play in Italy, Switzerland and Bulgaria.
The Jam home opener is set for November 19th against Tulsa 66ers.
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