April 14, 2004

The Dodge City Legend continued final preparations for Sunday's opener by taking four selections in the 19th Annual USBL Draft.

Guard Todd Okeson of Nevada was Dodge City's first pick and the No. 11 selection overall, while Central Florida forward Dexter Lyons followed in the second round as the 21st player taken. Florida A&M product Terrance Woods and Florida State's Tim Pickett were selected in the third and fourth rounds, respectively.

Todd Okeson

Dexter Lyons

Terrance Woods

Tim Pickett
Dale Osbourne, entering his first year as head coach of the Dodge City Legend, said that he is pleased with how the selections will complement the squad's experience and strong work ethic.

"We have a lot of experience coming in ... a lot of guys with the CBA and other areas. We're coming together in areas of offense and defense right now. All the guys work hard, and I look for this team to have good chemistry and camaraderie," Osbourne said.

Todd Okeson averaged 15.3 points per game in the NCAA tournament as the Wolf Pack reached the semifinals of the St. Louis Regional. The Weskan, Kan., native was named first-team Western Division All-Jayhawk conference and first-team Region IV during his career at Dodge City Community College. He played under current Legend assistant and DCCC head coach Brian Hoberecht.

"When I was hired two years ago, I got to see Okeson play some," Osbourne said. "He has really improved his then. He is a good person and a good kid. Obviously, he's a great shooter... we will try to get him shots. He'll have to adjust, though. This is a physical and fast league."

Dexter Lyons averaged 18.5 points per game during his senior year at Central Florida. The 6-6 forward was named Most Valuable Player of the 2004 Atlantic Sun tournament, pacing the Golden Knights to an NCAA tournament appearance in the East Rutherford regional.

"Dexter was highly recommended from Orlando Magic staff. He has great potential and really brings a lot to the table," Osbourne said. "He'll fit in well; he will only bring more enthusiasm."

Terrance Woods is coming off a memorable final season at Florida A&M, including a last-second three-pointer to beat Hampton in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament. The 6-3 guard averaged 20.3 points during 2004, while guiding the Rattlers to a victory in the NCAA tournament opening-round game. Last year, he averaged five three-point conversions per game to set the Division I record for most successful three-point attempts per game for juniors.

"(Woods) can really shoot. He has great size for a two guard," Osbourne said. "He will have to adjust, just as I said before. Guys are very hungry to get to the next level."

Tim Pickett was a first-team All-ACC selection in his final year at Florida State. He was named to back-to-back ACC All-Defensive teams with 157 steals combined during the past two seasons -- an ACC best. His season highlight came against eventual Division I runner-up Georgia Tech, where the 6-4 guard tallied 25 of his total 33 points in the second half of a victory.

"I'm very good friends with (Florida State assistant) Tony Sheals. Tim came highly recommended," Osbourne said. "He has great size and a great body. He will be able to post up well."

Dodge City opens defense of its USBL title by hosting the Oklahoma Storm Sunday night at the Dodge City Civic Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.