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2002 NBDL Champion Greenville Groove Allocated First Two Players

September 24, 2002 - NBA G League (G League) - Greenville Groove News Release


Greenville, SC – The 2002 National Basketball Development League (NBDL) Champion Greenville Groove has been allocated 6-5 shooting guard Jamar McKnight of Clemson University and 6-6 small forward Greg Lewis of Winthrop University. Karl Hicks, the Executive Director of the NBDL, is pleased to welcome the athletes back to the upstate and to the Greenville Groove basketball team.

The NBDL allocated two athletes to each of the eight teams in the league today, September 24. Two additional athletes will be allocated to each team in the weeks prior to the start of training camps in early November. All teams in the league will begin training camp with four league allocated athletes. One allocated player must remain on the GrooveÂ’s roster during the entire 2002-2003 season.

“I am excited about the Groove’s first two allocated players,” comments Groove Head Coach Tree Rollins. “McKnight had convincing numbers at Clemson, leading the Tigers in scoring, field goals made, three-point percentage, and free throw percentage. Lewis, after being named the Big South Conference player-of-the-year, will be a great addition to the training camp roster. His 188 field goals made and 313 rebounds during his final season with the Eagles are extremely impressive. My staff and I are looking forward to seeing McKnight and Lewis in action during the Groove training camp.”

McKnight, 22, of Zachary, LA, attended North West Community College in Mississippi before joining the Clemson University Basketball Team in 2000. In his final season in Mississippi he averaged 6.6 rebounds per game, had 83 assists against just 66 turnovers, and led the team in steals with 71. McKnight played in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game after his senior year.

McKnight showcased his talent during his final season in Clemson. He led the team in scoring, field goals made, three-point percentage, free throw percentage. As ClemsonÂ’s most consistent player, he led the team in double figure scoring games with 20 out of the 28 games he played during the 2001-2002 season.

Lewis, 24, of Akron, Ohio, first attended Howard College in Big Spring, Texas before joining the Winthrop Eagles. While in Texas, Lewis led the Hawks to the National Junior College Regional Finals in 1999. He was also named to the 1999 All-Region Squad.

Lewis had a distinguished career in Rock Hill, SC with the Winthrop Eagles. During his final season he was named the 2001-2002 Big South Conference Player-of-the-Year. He was tied for third in the nation in double-double scoring games during the 2001-2002 season. Lewis was also an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America Player. He was the first Winthrop basketball player to earn a post-season All-American award in the schoolÂ’s 15-year history as a NCAA Division I member.

The Greenville Groove is set to begin their 2002-2003 season by playing host to the Columbus Riverdragons on Friday, November 15 at the BI-LO Center. The game will begin at 7:00 pm. Groove season passes are now available. Call 864.241.3800 for more information or visit www.greenvillegroove.com.

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