Adris De León
|Born||July 10, 1984|
|Listed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Listed weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|High school||Louis D. Brandeis|
(New York City, New York)
|NBA draft||2009 / Undrafted|
|2010||CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago|
|2010||Indios de San Francisco|
|2011||CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago|
|2011–2012||Gold Coast Blaze|
|2012||Metros de Santiago|
|2013||Vaqueros de Bayamón|
|2013||Metros de Santiago|
|2014||Piratas de Quebradillas|
|2014||Metros de Santiago|
|2016–2018||CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago|
|2016||Atenienses de Manatí|
|2016–2018||Metros de Santiago|
|2017||Las Fieras de La Villa|
|2019||MKS Dąbrowa Górnicza|
|Career highlights and awards|
Adris Geraldo De León Jiménez (born July 10, 1984) is a Dominican professional basketball player for Spójnia Stargard of the PLK, who splits his time playing in multiple leagues in his home country. He has previously played in Canada, Spain and Puerto Rico, and is well known in Australia, having played for the Gold Coast Blaze, Wollongong Hawks and Adelaide 36ers while claiming the NBL Best Sixth Man Award in 2013.
Early life and streetball fame
De León was born in the Dominican Republic, but his family emigrated to the United States and settled down in Washington Heights, Manhattan. De León attended Louis D. Brandeis High School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, but rarely attended class. He did not play basketball seriously until the summer for his senior year, when he played on the AAU team and traveled the country. He attended the College of the Siskiyous in California and the College of Southern Idaho before eventually graduating from Eastern Washington University in 2009. From there, he carved out his niche at the Dyckman Park, West 4th, Rucker Park, Pro City and Hoops in the Sun summer leagues. His play earned him the nickname, "2 Hard 2 Guard". In 2011, De León and NBA player Brandon Jennings competed against each other for the moniker of "2 Hard 2 Guard". De León led his East squad to a 78–55 win over Jennings and his West team, which included fellow NBA player DeMar DeRozan. Both players went at each other throughout the night but in the end, De León outplayed and outscored Jennings.
In December 2009, De León joined Canadian team the Halifax Rainmen for the 2010 PBL season. He left the team halfway through the season to train with the Dominican Republic national team. In 10 games, he averaged 9.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.
Throughout 2010, De León played in multiple leagues in his home country of the Dominican Republic, including most notably the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto. It began an annual tradition, with yearly stints playing for CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago and Metros de Santiago.
In October 2011, De León signed with Australian team the Gold Coast Blaze for the 2011–12 NBL season. In his debut for the Blaze on October 29, De León recorded two points and one steal in just under 14 minutes against the Townsville Crocodiles. In his second game on November 12, he recorded 21 points and eight assists against the Perth Wildcats. He went on to register two more 20-plus point games to round out November. On December 2, he recorded 17 points and a season-high 11 rebounds against the Cairns Taipans. On February 10, he recorded 29 points and eight assists against the Sydney Kings. On March 4, he scored a season-high 33 points against the Kings. In 28 games for the Blaze, he averaged 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
On August 27, 2012, De León signed with the Wollongong Hawks for the 2012–13 NBL season. He earned the NBL Best Sixth Man Award, becoming the first ever Hawks player to win the award. In 30 games for the Hawks, he averaged 16.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
- Torres, Adry (August 28, 2011). "Adris DeLeon Holds His Own Against Locked Out NBA Players". FoxNews.com. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- "Updated roster for Halifax Rainmen". metro.us. December 8, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- "ADRIS DE LEON SERÁ TITULAR CON HALIFAX RAINMEN EN LA PBL DE CANADA". basketdominicano.blogspot.com (in Spanish). December 18, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- Wuest, Matthew (December 21, 2009). "Rainmen open pre-season with pair of wins". metro.us. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- Wuest, Matthew (August 13, 2010). "Rainmen submit protected list". metro.us. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- "Palencia se refuerza con Adris de León". baloncestoconp.es (in Spanish). February 17, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- "Adris De León refuerza a Palencia". solobasket.com (in Spanish). February 17, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- "Adris de León reforzará a Palencia Baloncesto". feb.es (in Spanish). February 17, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- "LEON JIMENEZ, ADRIS DE". feb.es (in Spanish). Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- "Adris de León firma con el Gold Coast Blaze de Australia". basketdominicano.blogspot.com (in Spanish). October 17, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- Martin, Greg (October 28, 2011). "New guard blazes in". centraltelegraph.com.au. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- Meers, Daniel (October 28, 2011). "New Yorker Adris DeLeon joins Blaze". goldcoast.com.au. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
- "Player statistics for Adris Deleon". SportsTG.com. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- Hawks sign 2Hard2Guard
- Deleon signs with Wollongong
- Era of the new guards as Deleon joins Hawks roster
- I'll share ball, vows Adris Deleon
- "NBL Award winners". Archived from the original on 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- Adris de León jugará con los Piratas de Quebradillas (in Spanish)
- "DeLeon Links With Wright Again in Adelaide". NBL.com.au. August 10, 2018. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
- "Adris De Leon, Adelaide Part Ways". NBL.com.au. November 10, 2018. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
- Wasiek, Karol (January 16, 2019). "Energa Basket Liga pod lupą Charlesa (16): Stelmet pytał o Harpera, Blassingame chce wrócić". sportowefakty.wp.pl (in Polish). Retrieved April 2, 2019.
- "Adris De Leon inks with PGE Spojnia Stargard". Sportando. December 2, 2019. Retrieved December 2, 2019.