Deandre Dickson has signed professionally to play for Žilina Basketball in Slovakia. PHOTO: WWU Athletics
Former Viking Deandre Dickson Signs First Pro Contract
August 24, 2018
BELLINGHAM, Wash – Former Western Washington University standout men’s basketball player Deandre Dickson has signed his first professional contract to play for Žilina Basketball in the Slovak Basketball League.
Dickson starred for the Vikings from 2016-18, garnering Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Star honors in both of his seasons at WWU. In 51 career games he averaged 14.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Dickson was named WWU’s co-Male Athlete of the Year in 2017-18.
“We are very proud of all that Deandre has accomplished, both as a player, student-athlete and as a young man,” said head coachTony Dominguez. “He has tremendous character and was a huge part of our success during his two years in the program. This is a great opportunity for him to play overseas, carrying on a strong tradition of Vikings that have had the chance to play professionally. We look forward to following his success, on the court and in life.”
As a senior in 2017-18, Dickson was named Second Team All-GNAC when he averaged 14.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He started all 29 contests during the Vikings 21-8 season and ranked amongst GNAC leaders in scoring average (11th), rebounding (8th), field goal percentage (14th, .506), free throw percentage (12th, .809) and blocked shots (2nd).
Dickson transferred to WWU beginning in 2016-17 after a standout junior college career at Bakersfield College.
The Slovak Basketball League is scheduled to open the 2018-19 season in early October. Dickson will be traveling to Žilina in the coming days. Žilina is a city in northwestern Slovakia, roughly 125 miles from the capital Bratislava, close to both the Czech and Polish borders.
Prior to leaving for Slovakia, Dickson played in four games for the Bellingham Slam in the 2018 Crawsover Seattle Pro-Am Final League, averaging 21.0 points and 14.5 rebounds and 2.25 blocks per game.
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