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Jerome Dyson joins the UConn alumni team in TBT

Jerome Dyson joins the UConn alumni team in TBT

The “Stars of Storrs” added another guard on Wednesday.

Jerome Dyson, who last played for Bonn in Germany in 2021 and is transitioning into coaching, will join the team of UConn alumni this summer in The Basketball Tournament, a 64-team, single-elimination event with a prize of $ 1 million.

Dyson, 37, joins the newly formed team that has already received commitments from Joey Calcaterra, Ryan Boatright, DeAndre Daniels, RJ Cole and Dyson’s former teammate, Jeff Adrien.

Hosted by UConn alumnus Marc D’Amelio, who leads the D’Amelio Huskies NIL Collective, Stars of Storrs will be coached by the program’s all-time leading scorer, Chris Smith and his son, Chris Smith Jr.. Last week announced that two-time national champion Tyler Olander will also serve as assistant coach.

Dyson, 6-foot-1, averaged 14.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists during his four-year UConn career. He was the team’s second-leading scorer before suffering a season-ending knee injury in February of the 2008–09 season, his freshman year, and had to watch his team fall in the Final Four to Michigan State — still the only final of the program. Four losses. The Maryland native returned and averaged 17.2 points per game in his senior year before retiring and signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder D-League team, the Tulsa 66ers, and eventually with the New Orleans Hornets on a contract of ten days.

After being traded and waived by the Phoenix Suns in 2012, Dyson began his international career in Israel and spent years playing in Italy, China, Poland and Germany.

The UConn team will embark on another tournament title run in the Pittsburgh Regional, held July 19-23 at the Petersen Events Center, home of Pitt Basketball. The full list of teams that will play in Pittsburgh has not yet been finalized, although it will include alumni teams from Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Penn State.

D’Amelio posted on X that the team will practice in Norwalk the week before it travels to Pittsburgh and have at least one practice open to the public. Dates and times for the open training are not yet known.

The team also announced that if it wins the winner-take-all prize, $100,000 will be donated to the D’Amelio Huskies Collective.

The TBT also has regional locations at college arenas in Houston, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Lexington (Ky.), Dayton (Ohio) and Wichita (Kan.). The quarterfinals are scheduled for July 29 and the “Final Four” will be held August 2-4 at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Tickets are available on the TBT website.