Dyson, Lewis Invited to Team USA Training Camp

TULSA, Okla., Oct. 4, 2011— The Tulsa 66ers have announced that guard Jerome Dyson and forward Marcus Lewis have accepted invitations to participate in the 2011 USA Pan American Games Team training camp from Oct. 14-22 in Tulsa inside the Tulsa Convention Center. Twenty-one players under contract to play in the NBA D-League in 2011-12 will compete to earn a spot on Team USA’s 12-man roster in the 2011 Pan American Games held from Oct. 26-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Leading team USA will be Tulsa 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts, assistants Dale Osbourne and Jermaine Byrd and athletic trainer Tony Katzenmeier.

Also expected to attend the USA Pan American Games Team training camp are: Blake Ahearn (Erie BayHawks/Missouri State ‘07); Brian Butch (Injured for 2010-11 season/Wisconsin ‘08); Chris Daniels (KCC Egis, South Korea/Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ‘08); Justin Dentmon (Texas Legends/Washington ‘09); Jerome Dyson (Tulsa 66ers/Connecticut ‘10); Moses Ehambe (Austin Toros/Oral Roberts ‘08); Anthony Goods (Dakota Wizards/Stanford ‘09); Ron Howard (Fort Wayne Mad Ants/Valparaiso ‘06); Marcus Lewis (Tulsa 66ers/Oral Roberts ‘09); Leo Lyons (Austin Toros/Missouri ‘09); Renaldo Major (DakotaWizards/Fresno State ‘04); Anthony Mason, Jr. (Sioux Falls Skyforce/St. Johns ‘10); Matt Rogers (Texas Legends/Southwest Baptist ‘10); Walker Russell (Fort Wayne Mad Ants/Jacksonville State ‘06); Donald Sloan (Reno Bighorns/Texas A&M ‘10); Gregory Stiemsma (Sokhumi Tbilisi, Georgia/Wisconsin ‘09); Curtis Sumpter (Maroussi BC, Greece/Villanova ‘07); Lance Thomas (Austin Toros/Duke ‘10); Curtis Withers (Angeles de Puebla, Mexico/Charlotte ‘06); Chris Wright (Dayton ‘11); and Luke Zeller (Bakersfield Jam/Notre Dame ‘09).

“I think the overall depth of the 21 guys and the versatility they have to play multiple positions will be a great asset for the Team USA,” said Tulsa 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts, who on July 27 was named by USA Basketball head mentor. “Also, the wealth of experience these players have had both in the NBA D-League and overseas will be very beneficial. We are looking forward to getting training camp started in Tulsa to see these 21 players compete for roster spots.”

Last season in Tulsa, Dyson averaged a team-high 15.5 points a game while averaging 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 steals in 47 games (10 starts). Lewis averaged 7.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 49 games.

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