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Derrick Low Signs To Play Overseas

by tlewis

Posted on October 19, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Derrick Low's dreams of playing in the NBA won't happen this season, but his professional career will go on overseas.

After playing limited minutes for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Summer League, Low decided to take his game to Australia. Here's the release from WSU:

PULLMAN, Wash. - Former Washington State University men's basketball standout Derrick Low will continue his basketball career at the professional level after signing a one-season contract with the Sydney Spirit out of Australia's National Basketball League Saturday.

"I'm really excited to go and play in Australia," Low said. "I think it's a good place for me to start my career. I look forward to improving my game Down Under and getting another chance at the NBA next summer."

A four-year starter for the Cougars from 2004-08, Low represented the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. In four games in Las Vegas, Low averaged 1.8 points and just under one assist per game in 5.5 minutes per outing.

Low, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, became the 28th Cougar to reach the 1,000-point milestone with 15 points against Oregon State Jan. 17, 2008, and ranks 11th in the WSU career record books with 1,288 points. He ranks on WSU's all-time in 10 other categories including 3-point field goals made (fourth, 220) and free throw percentage (sixth, .800). As a senior Low set the WSU single-season record with 92 3-pointers made.

Previously known as the West Sydney Razorbacks, the Sydney Spirit is one of 11 teams in the NBL, which is scheduled to kick off its regular season in late September.

According to the Honolulu Advertiser, the Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves expressed interest after the summer league ended, but Low was concerned that the Sydney offer wouldn't be on the table in October if he was cut from an NBA camp.

"The NBA is still there; several teams are still interested," Low told the Advertiser. "I just have to keep getting better and keep the NBA in sight."

The terms of Low's deal with Sydney were not disclosed, but it does include housing and transportation.

The NBL season consists of only 30 regular season games and runs from late-September thru mid-February.