SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Dylan Garrity, who became the face of the transformation of Sacramento State men's basketball during his four seasons with the program, signed a professional contract this morning to play for S.C. Lusitânia Expert of the Portuguese Basketball League.
S.C. Lusitânia's regular season runs from October through April while the playoffs take place in late April and May. The team plays in Portugal's top division and is based out of Angra do Heroísmo, Azores, Portugal.
Garrity signed his contract one day after former teammate Mikh McKinney signed a contract to play professionally in Belgium. Garrity and McKinney combined to form the top back court in the Big Sky Conference and led Sacramento State to a record-breaking year during the 2014-15 season.
Garrity, who graduated with a communication studies degree in the spring, is now one of seven former Sacramento State men's basketball players expected to play overseas for the upcoming season. That list includes McKinney (Belgium), John Dickson (Columbia), Joel Jones (Puerto Rico), Duro Bjegovic (Slovenia), Angel Alamo (Puerto Rico) and Davon Roberts (Germany).
"I'm very excited to start my professional career overseas in Portugal," Garrity said. "It has been a childhood dream to call myself a professional basketball player. I can't say thank you enough to Coach Katz and his staff, my teammates and everyone else at Sacramento State who played a part in my development as person and a player. Sacramento State will always hold a special place in my heart."
Sacramento State's all-time leader in career assists (527), games played (119), games started (116) and minutes played (3,991), Garrity led a transformation that saw the Hornets go 10-18 and 5-11 in conference his freshman season to 21-12 and 13-5 in the Big Sky last year. In fact, Garrity was second team all-Big Sky last season and honorable mention all-league his first three years, becoming the only player in school history to receive some form of all-Big Sky recognition all four years of his career.
The Huntington Beach, Calif., native missed just one game during his four-year career, and ranks among the program's top seven players in 14 different career categories. Besides holding the top marks for assists, games played, starts and minutes played, he is also fourth in school history in free throws made (316), fifth in 3-pointers made (222), 3-pointers attempted (532), 3-point percentage (.417) and free throws attempted (378), sixth in points (1,406) and free throw percentage (.836), and seventh in minutes per game (33.5), assists per game (4.4) and field goals made (434).
A two-time team co-captain, Garrity finished last season with averages of 13.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 32.9 minutes per game. He shot .464 (148-319) from the field, .409 (81-198) from the 3-point line and .830 (83-100) from the free throw line, and his final plus/minus ratio of +120 tied for the best mark on the team with McKinney.
The Hornets' 21-12 overall record last year marked the first time in the Div. I era (1991-pres.) that Sacramento State finished above the .500 mark, and first time since the 1988-89 season. In addition, the 21 wins were tied for second most in program history (1948-pres.), and the 13 conference wins were the most in school history (regardless of conference).
The Hornets qualified for the CIT Postseason Tournament, marking the first time the program had qualified for a postseason event since the 1988 NCAA Div. II Tournament, and just the fifth postseason appearance in school history. Sacramento State's 73-66 victory over Portland in the first round of the CIT marked the first time in 53 years the Hornets had won a postseason game.
NOTES -- Garrity becomes just the second former Hornet to play professionally in Portugal, and the first to play in Portugal's top division. Jason Davis, who was a Hornet from 2006-08, played for Torres Vedras Fisica Desportiva of Portugal's second division during the 2008-09 season…Garrity will become the 28th former Sacramento State basketball student-athlete to play professionally overseas.
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