September 3, 2013 at 1:37 AM
Former Huskies will play in Europe
Former Washington players Justin Dentmon and Aziz N’Diaye will play in the Euroleague next season.
Dentmon landed with BC Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania. He starred with the Austin Toros and Texas Legends last season in the NBA D-League. He received a 10-day contract from the Dallas Mavericks and played in two games while logging a combined four scoreless minutes.
It appears as if Dentmon may have abandoned his NBA pursuit or possibly put it on hold because NBA training camps begin Sept. 27 and Zalgiris starts its season Oct. 18.
After three years in the D-League, including a phenomenal 2011-12 season when he was the league’s MVP and led the Toros to a league championship, Dentmon returns overseas where his professional career began. He started with Hapoel Afula in Isreal.
Dentmon, a 5-11 guard who played at Washington from 2005-09, is seemingly at a crossroads. Like several players of similar age and stature, the 27-year-old (he turns 28 Thursday) is faced with the decision to either continue chasing the NBA or pursue more financially lucrative options abroad. Many have chosen the latter.
Meanwhile, N’Diaye begins his professional career with Club Ourense Baloncesto in Spain.
A few weeks ago, the 7-foot center said his agent was working to find him a team in Europe. He also hoped to find a spot on a NBA training camp roster. However, there’s very few vacancies at this point and N’Diaye is still young enough (he’s 25) to make several attempts at the NBA again.