Dion Prewster

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Dion Prewster
No. 13 – Hawke's Bay Hawks
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1990-01-10) January 10, 1990 (age 29)
Santa Ana, California
NationalityAmerican / New Zealand
Listed height195 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Listed weight96 kg (212 lb)
Career information
High schoolWellington College
(Wellington, New Zealand)
Iowa City (Iowa City, Iowa)
CollegeSan Jacinto College (2008–2010)
Stephen F. Austin (2010–2011)
NBA draft2012 / Undrafted
Playing career2011–present
Career history
2011Wellington Saints
2011–2012New Zealand Breakers
2012Southland Sharks
2013Hawke's Bay Hawks
2014–2016Wellington Saints
2015–2017Sydney Kings
2017Nelson Giants
2017–2018Paderborn Baskets
2018–presentHawke's Bay Hawks
Career highlights and awards

Dion Anthony Prewster (born January 10, 1990) is an American-New Zealand professional basketball player for the Hawke's Bay Hawks of the New Zealand National Basketball League (NZNBL). He played college basketball for San Jacinto College and Stephen F. Austin State University.

Early life[edit]

Prewster was born in Santa Ana, California to an African-American father, Norvell Prewster, and a Samoan mother, Ana Hunt. He was raised by his mother in American Samoa and spent time in Hawaii before moving to Wellington when he was seven.[1] He grew up in the suburb of Johnsonville[2] and attended Wellington College before moving to the United States for his senior year of high school, enrolling at Iowa City High School in Iowa City, Iowa where he led his team to the Class 4A state championship in 2007–08.[3]

College career[edit]

As a freshman at San Jacinto College in 2008–09, Prewster averaged 8.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game as he helped lead his team to a 25-5 record and the ETJCC South Division title.

As a sophomore in 2009–10, Prewster earned first-team All-ETJCC and All-Region XIV honors after averaging 14.3 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game.

On May 6, 2010, Prewster transferred to Stephen F. Austin State University.[4] As a junior for SFA in 2010–11, he averaged 5.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 29 games, with three starting assignments.[5]

On April 20, 2011, Prewster transferred again, this time to Truman State University.[6]

Professional career[edit]

In May 2011, Prewster joined with the Wellington Saints for the rest of the 2011 New Zealand NBL season. The Saints went on to win the 2011 NZNBL championship. In seven games for the Saints, he averaged 0.6 points per game.[7]

Despite transferring to Truman State University, Prewster decided on not returning to the United States after he signed with the New Zealand Breakers on July 4, 2011 as a development player for the 2011–12 NBL season.[8] The Breakers went on to win the 2011–12 ANBL championship. In 12 games for the Breakers, he averaged one point per game.[9]

In November 2011, Prewster signed with the Southland Sharks for the 2012 New Zealand NBL season.[10] In 12 games, he averaged 8.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.[7]

After a successful season with Southland in 2012, Prewster signed with the Hawke's Bay Hawks for the 2013 New Zealand NBL season. In 16 games, he averaged 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steals per game.[7]

In December 2013, Prewster signed a two-year deal with the Wellington Saints, returning to the team for a second stint.[11][12] In 2014, he averaged 8.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 20 games,[7] as he helped the Saints win their eighth NBL championship. In 2015, he averaged a career-high 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 20 games,[7] helping the Saints back to the Grand Final where they lost to Prewster's former team, the Southland Sharks.

On August 24, 2015, Prewster signed with the Sydney Kings for the 2015–16 NBL season.[13][14] Prewster received respectable playing time over his first 13 games for the Kings, largely thanks to import Josh Childress battling with injuries, as he averaged 4.3 points in 18.6 minutes per game. On November 7, Prewster scored a season-high 12 points in a one-point loss to the Adelaide 36ers.[15] Following his good start for the Kings, he re-signed with the Wellington Saints for the 2016 season on December 9.[16] He went on to play in all 28 games for the last-placed Kings in 2015–16, averaging 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

Prewster played in the first seven games for the Wellington Saints in 2016 before an ankle injury forced him to miss the team's April 15 game against the Canterbury Rams.[17] In the Saints' regular season finale on May 29, Prewster scored 40 points in just 21 minutes off the bench in a 120–72 win over the Hawke's Bay Hawks.[18][19] He subsequently earned Player of the Week honors for Round 12.[20] The Saints went on to win their ninth NBL championship in 2016.

On 14 September 2016, Prewster signed with the Nelson Giants for the 2017 season.[21][22] He later re-joined the Sydney Kings for the 2016–17 NBL season as an injury replacement for Julian Khazzouh. His performance over the team's first six games of the season saw the Kings officially add him to the roster on 5 November 2016 as the 11th rostered player.[23] In March 2017, he joined the Giants.[24]

In November 2017, Prewster signed with Paderborn Baskets of the German ProA.[25] In 21 games, he averaged 7.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.[26]

In April 2018, Prewster joined the Hawke's Bay Hawks for the 2018 New Zealand NBL season.[27] In October 2018, he re-signed with the Hawks for the 2019 season.[28]

National team career[edit]

Prewster captained the Junior Tall Blacks at the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship where he averaged 10.4 points, 6.6. rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.[29]

In July 2015, Prewster earned his first Tall Blacks squad selection for their European tour, Stanković Cup and 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship.[2] He made his FIBA Oceania Championship debut on August 18 in Game 2 of their two-game series loss to Australia, appearing in the final 29 seconds of the match.[30]


In his spare time, Prewster is studying a degree in teaching.[1]


  1. ^ a b Basketball: Prewster's background no hurdle
  2. ^ a b Dion Prewster's solid NBL season with Saints capped with Tall Blacks selection
  3. ^ Dion Prewster Bio
  4. ^ SFA Signs Three
  5. ^ Dion Prewster Stats
  6. ^ TSU Basketball Signs Dion The Wanderer
  7. ^ a b c d e Player statistics for Dion Prewster – NZNBL
  8. ^ Breakers Confirm Development Players
  9. ^ Player statistics for Dion Prewster – ANBL
  10. ^ Dion Prewster to play ball in Sharks' pool
  11. ^ Saints sign local Prewster
  12. ^ Prewster set for second stint with Saints
  13. ^ "KINGS COMPLETE ROSTER WITH KIWI INTERNATIONAL". Archived from the original on 2015-08-30. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  14. ^ Sydney Kings sign Tall Black Dion Prewster for Australian NBL season
  15. ^ "KINGS FALL TO 36ERS IN SYDNEY'S 800TH". Archived from the original on 2015-11-15. Retrieved 2015-12-09.
  16. ^ Wellington Saints retain Leon Henry and Dion Prewster for 2016 NBL season
  17. ^ Canterbury Rams hammer depleted Wellington Saints by 25 points
  18. ^ Dion Prewster scores 40 as Wellington Saints thrash Bay Hawks
  19. ^ Saints vs Hawks
  21. ^ Nelson Giants Sign Dion Prewster, Phill Jones To Retire?
  22. ^ Dion Prewster joins Nelson Giants for 2017 National Basketball League
  23. ^ "KINGS FINALISE ROSTER". Archived from the original on 2016-11-05. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  24. ^ Star signing Dion Prewster wants to make a giant contribution in Nelson
  25. ^ Basketball: Seasoned trio return to bolster Hawks
  26. ^ Dion Anthony Prewster – zweite-basketball-bundesliga.de
  27. ^ Basketball: Seasoned trio return to bolster Hawks
  28. ^ Singh, Anendra (25 October 2018). "Basketball: Hawke's Bay franchise extend Zico Coronel's tenure as coach for another year". nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  29. ^ Player Profile: Dion Prewster – FIBA.com
  30. ^ "New Zealand vs Australia". Archived from the original on 2015-09-29. Retrieved 2015-08-20.

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