Adris Deleon

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Adris Deleon
No. 20 – Atenienses de Manatí
Position Point guard
League BSN
Personal information
Born (1984-07-10) July 10, 1984 (age 32)
Dominican Republic
Nationality Dominican
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school Louis D. Brandeis
(New York City, New York)
College College of the Siskiyous (2005–2006)
College of Southern Idaho (2006–2007)
Eastern Washington (2007–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Undrafted
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
2010 Halifax Rainmen
2010 CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago
2010 Indios de San Francisco
2010 La Cancha
2011 Palencia Baloncesto
2011 CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago
2011–2012 Gold Coast Blaze
2012–present Metros de Santiago
2012–2013 Wollongong Hawks
2013 Vaqueros de Bayamón
2014 Piratas de Quebradillas
2015–2016 Metros de Santiago
2016–present Atenienses de Manatí
Career highlights and awards

Adris Geraldo Deleon Jimenez (born July 10, 1984) is a Dominican professional basketball player who currently plays for Atenienses de Manatí of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN). He became a cult hero in the United States Streetball scene.

High school and college career[edit]

Deleon was born in the Dominican Republic but his family emigrated to the United States where he grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and attended Louis D. Brandeis High School. He didn't start to take basketball seriously until his senior year. He attended the College of the Siskiyous in California before moving to the College of Southern Idaho before finally moving to and graduating from Eastern Washington University in 2009. He played for the Eastern Washington Eagles in 2007–08 and 2008–09, playing in 48 games and averaging 9.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in the Big Sky Conference.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Deleon went undrafted in the 2009 NBA draft. In December 2009, Deleon signed with the Halifax Rainmen for the 2010 PBL season. He later moved back to the Dominican Republic and had short stints in three different leagues: CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago (Santiago Regional Tournament), Indios de San Francisco (Liga Nacional de Baloncesto) and La Cancha (Moca Regional League).

In February 2011, he signed with Palencia Baloncesto of Spain for the rest of the 2010–11 season. During the 2011 off-season, he returned to play for CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago. During the 2012 off-season, he played for Metros de Santiago. During the 2013 off-season, he played for Vaqueros de Bayamón and Metros de Santiago.

In April 2014, he signed with Piratas de Quebradillas of Puerto Rico for the 2014 BSN season.[2] He later re-joined Metros de Santiago where he helped them win the 2014 LNB championship.

Streetball[edit]

In June 2011, during the 2011 NBA lockout, Deleon's speed, agility and skill earned him the nickname 2Hard2Guard where he held his own against several NBA players and became known for his battles with point guard Brandon Jennings.[3] He played at the Rucker Park.[4]

NBL[edit]

It was while he was playing Streetball in New York that Deleon was spotted by Gold Coast Blaze head coach Joey Wright. Wright convinced Deleon to sign with the Blaze and he made his National Basketball League debut against the Townsville Crocodiles in Round 4 of the 2011–12 NBL season.[5] In a subdued debut Deleon scored 2 points and had 1 steal in a 70-78 loss. Deleon's reputation became well known in Australia and following his debut, he delivered for the Blaze. In 28 games for the Blaze, Deleon averaged 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game.[6]

On August 27, 2012, Deleon signed with the Wollongong Hawks for the 2012–13 NBL season following the Blaze pulling out of the NBL due to financial trouble.[7] Despite playing off the bench for the Hawks in 2012–13, Deleon was selected as the starting point guard for the North All-Stars team in the 2012 NBL All-Star Game alongside Hawks teammates Oscar Forman (starting small forward) and fellow guard Lance Hurdle (bench). The North Stars were coached by his Wollongong coach Gordie McLeod. At the end of the 2012–13 season, Deleon took out the Best Sixth Man award[8] becoming the first ever Wollongong Hawks player to win the award. He also finished in the top 10 in league MVP voting. In 30 games for the Hawks, Deleon averaged 16.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game.[6]

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