The globetrotting professional career of Tall Black point guard Mark Dickel has added another stamp to his passport after he signed with Polish club WTK Anwil Wloclawek.
Dickel has been searching for a contract from his Las Vegas base after a recent suspension for cannabis use voided his two-year deal with Lokomotiv Rostov of Russia and scared away other potential employers.
Anwil are perennial contenders in the Polish league, finishing runners up the past two years and winning in 2003. They also play in the FIBA ULEB Cup competition.
"I'm very happy," says Dickel. "Playing in the ULEB Cup was a big attraction.
"I just decided that this was what I was hoping for before the positive drug test happened. It's not quite the same money, but I can make that up later.
"I know I won't have to worry about getting my money and I didn't want to wait around hoping for a better offer."
Dickel led the American NCAA in assists during his senior year at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and since played in New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Belgium, Russia and now Poland. He has won two assist titles in Turkey and was voted to the EuroCup World All-Star team while with Rostov last year.