Dickau Goes As 28th Pick In First Round
June 26, 2002
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - Gonzaga University senior point guard Dan Dickau became the second first-round pick in the history of the school Wednesday when the Sacramento Kings made him the 28th ande final pick in the first round.
The Kings then traded Dickau to the Atlanta Hawks for a future first-round pick.
John Stockon was the 16th selection overall in the 1984 NBA draft, having just completed his 18th season in the league and ranking as the NBA's all-time leader in assists and steals as a member of the Utah Jazz.
Selected by the Kings with the final pick in the 2002 Draft (28th overall), the 6-0 Dickau was pleasantly surprised by the trade to Atlanta and said he looked forward to joining the Hawks. "I'm extremely excited," he said. "My agent called to tell me that Atlanta was interested in my services, and I consider it a great place to start my career. From what I know of the team, they have a great nucleus with guys like Jason (Terry), Shareef (Abdur-Rahim) and Toni (Kukoc), and I can't wait to join them."
A two-year performer at Gonzaga after transferring from the University of Washington, Dickau earned first team Associated Press All-America status after posting a team-high and career-best 21.0 points last year. In addition to becoming the school's first basketball player to achieve that honor, he was also named the West Coast Conference's Player of the Year and selected first team all-conference. A finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year award, Dickau led the Bulldogs to a 29-4 finish and a first round berth in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
"Dan provides us with a player who's a true point guard, who's a distributor, a very good perimeter shooter and an outstanding three-point shooter," said general manager Pete Babcock. "He has a great toughness about him, and he is a great competitor. With his addition to the team, we were able to add a point guard who we've been coveting for a while."
"He's a basketball junkie who has a passion for the game," said Hawks coach Lon Kruger, "and he is a real good fit for what we're looking for. Dan's a prototype point guard who competes like crazy." Dickau will wear the uniform number 12 for the Hawks.
Dickau concluded his Bulldog career as the school's seventh all-time leader in assists with 299 and 16th all-time leading scorer with 1,125 points. He also was chosen for the second straight year to the WCC's all-academic team, earning a 3.4 GPA in broadcasting.
With their 37th pick in the second round, Atlanta selected 7-0 forward David Andersen from Kinder Bologna in Italy. Andersen, an Australian native, has spent the last three seasons in Italy and has one year remaining on his contract. Babcock indicated he expects Andersen to honor the final year of his deal with Kinder Bologna.
Through 36 games this past season, Andersen averaged 8.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in roughly 22 minutes per game. He connected on 57.7-percent shooting from the field and .715 of his free throw attempts. In three years with Kinder Bologna, he has scored 7.9 ppg and grabbed 4.8 rpg (.582 FG%).
In another draft night transaction, the Hawks traded the rights to Efthimios Rentzias to the Philadelphia 76ers for two future second round picks. Rentzias, a 6-11 forward who was obtained by Atlanta in a September 29, 1997 deal with the Denver Nuggets for center Priest Lauderdale, has spent the past five seasons with FC Barcelona in the Spanish League.
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