From 1997 to 2002, Dan Dickau was one of the most lethal shooters in the nation. He had originally signed on to play at the University of Washington, but left after two seasons to close out his career with the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
A move that forever changed his career and the outlook of Gonzaga basketball.
Dickau was a dominant force, averaging 18.9 points and 6.3 assists during his first year with the Zags. He shot 48.0 percent from beyond the arc and 86.6 percent from the charity stripe, thus establishing his reputation as a lights out shooter.
Dickau led Gonzaga to the Sweet 16 that season.
As a senior, the 6’3″ point guard posted averages of 21.0 points and 4.7 assists during the 2001-02 season, earning All-American honors in the process. He shot 45.7 percent from three-point range, 86.4 percent from the free throw line and led Gonzaga to a conference regular season and tournament championship.
Months later, he was taken 28th overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2002 NBA Draft.
From there, Dickau became a journeyman of sorts, playing for six NBA franchises and seven different teams during a six-year career. He made 300 appearances, 57 starts and shined in 2005 by averaging 13.2 points and 5.2 assists while with the New Orleans Hornets.
In 2009, Dickau took his talents overseas to play with Air Avellino of Italy and Brose Baskets of Germany. One year later, Dickau wrapped up his playing career with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League.
So where is he now?
In 2011, the Portland Trail Blazers hired Dickau as a player development assistant. Dickau played for Portland in 2004, as well as from 2006 to 2007.
Dickau remains in said position today as he establishes a career in coaching.
4. Patrick Ewing Jr.
Patrick Ewing Jr. attended both Indiana University and Georgetown University, two of the most decorated schools in NCAA history. As the son of former New York Knick and NBA legend Patrick Ewing, he certainly had big shoes to fill.
Ewing Jr. played two seasons at Indiana before transferring to Georgetown, his father’s alma mater. Upon arriving at Georgetown, Ewing Jr. opted to wear 33—the same number as his father.
After sitting out the 2005-06 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Ewing played in 36 games for the Hoyas in 2006. While his numbers were limited, Ewing Jr. was considered to be one of the more valuable players on the roster.
As a senior, Ewing went on to win Big East Sixth Man of the Year. Due to a team-oriented style, Ewing Jr. averaged 6.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists, but his talent suggested to all that he could do something big at a higher level.
In 2008, the Sacramento Kings took Ewing Jr. with the 48th overall draft choice. Ewing Jr. was soon traded to the Houston Rockets in a five-player deal that was centered around Ron Artest.
Shortly thereafter, Ewing Jr. was traded to the New York Knicks for the rights to all-time draft bust Frederic Weis. Unfortunately, Ewing Jr. didn’t play a single game until the New Orleans Hornets picked him up in 2011 for seven games.
In the D-League, however, Ewing Jr. made quite the name for himself with the Reno Bighorns. Ewing Jr. averaged 16.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks in 2008-09 and developed a reputation as one of the best players at the D-League level.
The following season, Ewing Jr. dropped 15.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks with Reno. He shot a full .093 percentage points better from beyond the arc that season, only to be traded to the Sioux Falls Skyforce for Danny Green.
It was a move that changed everything for Ewing Jr.—he averaged 19.9 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game that season. This helped Ewing Jr. make an appearance as a D-League All-Star, as well as a third team All-NBA D-League Team selection.
After receiving limited playing time over the next two seasons with Sioux Falls and the Iowa Energy, Ewing went overseas by signing with Telekom Baskets Bonn of Bundesliga—that’s Germany’s highest professional basketball league.
Ewing averaged 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in eight months with the team before being released in 2012.
As of January 2013, Ewing Jr. is playing for Blancos de Rueda Valladolid of Liga ACB. Per our sources, scouts are encouraged by his work ethic and believe he should adjust within the next year to the international style of play.