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DICKSON BECOMES 2ND PLAYER IN SCHOOL HISTORY DRAFTED IN NBA D-LEAGUE

DICKSON BECOMES 2ND PLAYER IN SCHOOL HISTORY DRAFTED IN NBA D-LEAGUE

2015 NBA Development League Draft

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- After an impressive collegiate tenure and professional run overseas, former Hornet John Dickson was selected in the third round (55th overall) by the Bakersfield Jam in the 2015 NBA Development League draft over the weekend.

Dickson becomes just the second player in school history to be drafted by a D-League team, and the highest draft pick ever. Jameel Pugh was drafted in the sixth round (68th overall pick) of the 2006 D-League Draft by the Dakota Wizards, and Joel Jones was allocated to the Los Angeles D-Fenders before that 2006 draft began. Dickson joins Pugh, Jones and Damond Edwards (Mobile Revelers in 2002) as the four former Hornets to appear on a D-League roster.

Bakersfield, the D-League affiliate of the Phoenix Suns, will begin its season on Friday, Nov. 13, against the Santa Cruz Warriors in Santa Cruz. Nineteen teams make up the D-League, and the regular season runs from Nov. 12 through early April.

Dickson, who played for the Hornets from 2009-13, has played professionally overseas the last two years with stops in Australia, Colombia and Chile. In 26 games for the Willetton Tigers in Australia, Dickson averaged 29.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 49 percent from the field.

At Sacramento State, Dickson racked up 1,313 career points, the seventh most in Hornet 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 10 different categories, including second in free throws made and attempted, tied for second in games played, third in blocked shots and starts, tied for fourth in total minutes, sixth in field goals made, and seventh in points, rebounds and field goals attempted.

He improved his scoring average every year of his career, and had a pair of workouts with the Sacramento Kings in the summer of 2013. As a freshman in 2009-10, he averaged 9.7 points per game, before upping those averages to 10.9, 12.4 and 12.8 points per game, respectively, over his final three seasons at Sacramento State.