Dyson Committed to New Role

Jerome Dyson has committed himself to his new role with the 66ers.

When point guard Tweety Carter departed Tulsa on Feb. 26, Tulsa 66ers players took the opportunity to fill in. Garrett Williamson and Brandon Brooks have seen increased minutes at the point, while Dyson has taken over as the new starter.

The rookie out of Connecticut , who spent most of the year coming off the bench as a big scoring threat from the shooting guard position, has started eight of Tulsas last nine games as the point guard.

Ive had to put in a lot of work, Dyson said. Its a real big difference from going out there, being a guy that they just want to score the ball, to getting things going.

I was coming off the bench as a two, but now Im starting and Im trying to get my teammates involved and making sure everybody gets a touch.

Dysons hard work appears to be paying off. In each of the 66ers two home games last weekend, Dyson set his season-high in assists, including eight dishes in Saturdays contest with Rio Grande Valley.

In the past five games, Dyson has averaged 13.8 points and 4.2 assists. He said getting the opportunity to play point guard has allowed him to improve in different areas of his offensive game.

Its given me a better feel for the game, Dyson said. I get to see the whole floor and see the plays develop before they really get going.

With his move to point guard, Dyson said it has come with some added responsibility. He said his teammates look to him for leadership when hes on the floor.

Coach Nate Tibbetts has also seen Dyson take on more of a leadership role and is happy to see that the first-year pro is embracing that responsibility.

Weve really asked him to change roles, Tibbetts said. He would come in and really look to score. Now he has to get others involved, and I think hes doing a really good job.

Hes getting better every game with his focus and leadership. Hes really stepped up and I think hes taken pride in that because hes doing a great job.