DICKSON SIGNS TO PLAY IN AUSTRALIA, EIGHT FORMER HORNETS NOW OVERSEAS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Recently graduated John Dickson, who starred for the men's basketball team from 2009-13, will further his basketball-playing resumé in Australia, where he recently signed a professional contract to play for the State League's Willetton Tigers.
Dickson, who leaves for Australia on Thursday, will begin the season with the Tigers in early February. Willetton will play 30 games over a six-month span until playoffs begin in early September.
Dickson is one of eight former Sacramento State players that are playing professionally overseas. The list includes Joel Jones (Puerto Rico), Davon Roberts (Germany), Jason Davis (Czech Republic) Duro Bjegovic (Croatia), Heath Hoffman (Spain), Josh McCarver (France) and Rame Batta (Iraq).
Below is a synopsis of each player, and where they currently play.
JOHN DICKSON (2009-13)
Plays for the Willetton Tigers of the State League (Australia)
At Sacramento State: Finished his four-year tenure with the Hornets last season and racked up 1,313 career points, the fifth most in Sacramento State history (1948-pres.). A two-time honorable mention all-Big Sky Conference performer, the San Francisco native never missed a game during his career, spanning 115 straight games played, including 90 starts. Dickson ranks among the top seven players in program history in nine different categories, including tied for first in games played (115). He improved his scoring average every year of his career, and had a pair of workouts with the Sacramento Kings last summer.
JOSH McCARVER (2010-12)
Plays for Pays Del Olonnes of the NM2 Second Division (France)
At Sacramento State: Played in 51 games, including 20 starts during his two seasons. As a senior in 2011-12, he averaged 5.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting .583 (60-103) from the field. His career field goal percentage of .609 (78-for-128) ranks as the top mark in program history among players with at least 75 made field goals.
HEATH HOFFMAN (2010-12)
Plays for Basket Globalcaja Quintanar of the Spanish LEB Silver League (Spain)
At Sacramento State: Played in 55 games, including 24 starts during his two seasons. As a senior in 2011-12, he averaged 7.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game on .431 shooting from the field, .370 from the 3-point line and .851 from the free throw line. He started nine games as junior, 15 games as a senior, and finished his career with 49 made 3-pointers.
DURO BJEGOVIC (2009-11)
Plays for KK Trogir ZP of the Croatian A2 League (Croatia)
At Sacramento State: Appeared in 56 games, including 18 starts in two seasons. During his career, he averaged 8.3 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting .440 (171-389) from the field and .395 (60-152) from the 3-point line. He scored in double figures 23 times, and his .395 percentage from the 3-point line ranks fourth in school history among players with at least 50 made 3-pointers. Bjegovic's 15 rebounds against Idaho State in 2011 are tied for the sixth best mark in Sacramento State's Div. I single-game history.
JASON DAVIS (2006-08)
Plays for Qanto Turi Svitavy of the Mattoni NBL League (Czech Republic)
At Sacramento State: Played in 50 games with the Hornets during his two seasons. During his senior season of 2007-08, he averaged 7.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game while shooting a team-best 55.6 percent (55-for-99) from the field. The high flyer also averaged one trip to the free throw line every 4.3 minutes of playing time, easily the top mark on the team. His career field goal percentage of .531 remains the second best mark in Sacramento State's Div. I history among players with at least 75 field goals made.
DAVON ROBERTS (2004-07)
Plays for VFL Stade of the German Pro B League (Germany)
- Has played in Germany five years at all three levels of professional basketball in the country.
At Sacramento State: Spent the first three years of his collegiate career with the Hornets where he had a career field goal percentage of .525 (104-for-198). During his junior season (2006-07), he averaged 4.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.9 blocked shots in 14.4 minutes per game. That year, the high-flying Roberts shot a team-best 59.3 percent (51-86) from the field, which set the Sacramento State Div. I (1991-pres.) single-season record for field goal percentage.
JOEL JONES (2001-04)
Plays for Atleticos De San German of the National Superior Basketball League of Puerto Rico
- Has enjoyed perhaps the greatest professional career of any former Hornet, playing overseas for 13 years. That includes winning a silver medal with the Puerto Rican National Team at the 2007 Pan American Games. Became the first Sacramento State basketball player to be named to a national team squad when he was selected in 2007.
At Sacramento State: Played for the Hornets in 2001-02 and 2003-04 (redshirt in 2002-03) and was named honorable mention all-Big Sky both years. Finished his Hornet career with averages of 12.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocked shots per game. Played in 55 games, including 38 starts while averaging 27.2 minutes per game.
RAME BATTA (1999-01)
Plays for Al Kahraba Electricity of the Iraq Div. I League
At Sacramento State: Played two seasons for the Hornets, appearing in 54 games, including 34 starts. Finished his Sacramento State career with averages of 9.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He shot nearly 80 percent (.794, 127-for-160) from the free throw line, and his 184 career assists rank as the sixth best mark in Sacramento State's Div. I history (1991-pres.).