INDIANAPOLIS, IN – While students take in the relaxation and rays of summer break, the offseason calls for another busy summer for key members of the Butler Bulldogs Basketball team. Guards Kellen Dunham and Tyler Lewis have international competition on their radar, beginning in July.
Dunham, who led the Bulldogs in scoring last year, is one of 22 players who have been invited to take part in the 2015 U. S. Pan American Games Men’s Basketball Team training camp in Colorado Springs, July 7-13. Lewis, a transfer from North Carolina State who will be eligible to play for the Bulldogs this season, was named to the 2015 Athletes In Action Philippines Tour Roster. The team will be taking a playing tour of the Philippines, July 24-August 10.
The 6-6 senior guard, Kellen Dunham, will be competing for a spot on the team which will represent the United State at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, July 21-25. Mark Few of Gonzaga will serve as head coach of the squad, while Tad Boyle of Colorado and longtime NBA coach Mike Brown were selected as assistant coaches. The training came also will feature court coaches Ron Hunter of Georgia State, Mark Turgeon of Maryland and Jason Flanigan of Holmes Community College.
“We are very excited about this honor and opportunity for Kellen,” said Butler head coach Chris Holtmann. “He has earned it with his outstanding play and contributions to our program. We are excited to support him during his week in Colorado Springs.”
Dunham led Butler with a 16.5 scoring average in 2014-15, while earning first team All-BIG EAST honors. His 561 points last season rank as the sixth-most ever scored by a Butler junior, and he recorded his 1,000th career point during the Bulldogs’ 23-11 campaign. He’ll enter his final season in 14th place on Butler’s all-time scoring list with 1,411 career points and in fifth place on the Bulldogs’ all-time list for three-point field goals with 212.
Lewis, who sat out last season as a redshirt with the Bulldogs, will be the second Butler player in as many years to compete in the Philippines with Athletes In Action. Dunham was a member of last year’s AIA squad, which played an exhibition tour in the Philippines. Lewis will be joined on the first part of his journey by teammate Austin Etherington, who will participate in the AIA Training Camp only.
“Tyler is really excited about this opportunity with AIA,” noted Holtmann. “It will give him a terrific international experience and an opportunity to play competitively, which he is obviously anxious to do after sitting out last season.”
Lewis, a 5-10 point-guard, played in 36 games at North Carolina State in 2013-14, averaging 4.4 points and 3.8 assists for the 22-14 Wolfpack. He led NC State is assists (135) and free throw shooting (74.4%), while setting a school record for assist/turnover ratio (3.55). The former McDonald’s All-American has two seasons of eligibility remaining with the Bulldogs.
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