Friday, December 09, 2011

Sixers set training camp roster

PHILADELPHIA, PA.The 76ers announced today that they have signed both of their draft picks, Nikola Vucevic and Lavoy Allen, while adding free agents Antonio Anderson, Dwayne Jones, Mike Tisdale and Xavier Silas.  

Vucevic (7-0, 240) was the 16th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft following his junior season at USC.  He was named All-Pac-10 First Team last season after averaging 17.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and became the first player in school history to capture the Pac-10 rebounding title in consecutive seasons.  “Nik” was born and raised in Belgium, where his father was playing professional basketball, but his family moved to Montenegro when he was a teenager.

Allen (6-9, 225) was selected in the second round (50th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft after spending all four seasons at Temple.  He was named first team All-Atlantic 10 as both a junior and a senior and made the conference’s all-defensive team in each of his final three seasons.  Allen was born in Morrisville, Pa. and attended Pennsbury High School.

Anderson (6-6, 210) earned Conference USA All-Defensive Team honors his sophomore, junior and senior seasons at Memphis.  He went undrafted in 2009 but took part in Charlotte’s training camp in 2009 and Houston’s in 2010.  Anderson has also logged over 80 games in the D-League over the past three seasons, including three so far this month with the Sixers affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

Jones (6-11, 248) has appeared in a total of 82 games across five NBA seasons with Boston, Cleveland, Charlotte and Phoenix.  The Saint Joe’s product played in both China and Puerto Rico last season.  Jones has also logged over 100 games in the D-League, most recently with the Austin Toros in 2009-10.

Tisdale (7-1, 248) was not selected in the 2011 NBA Draft following four seasons at Illinois.  As a senior, he was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by media.  For his career, Tisdale shot 53.5% from the floor and tied the school record for most games played (139).  Tisdale has appeared in four games for the Maine Red Claws this season.

Silas (6-5, 205) went undrafted this past June after his senior season at Northern Illinois but signed to play with BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral of the French League.  He led the Mid-American Conference in scoring with 22.3 points per game while shooting 45.9% from the floor, 41.3% from 3-point range and 85.1% from the line.  His father, James Silas, appeared in nearly 700 games in the ABA and NBA combined.

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