|No. 16 – Orlandina Basket|
December 19, 1981 |
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
(Fond du Lac, Wisconsin)
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|2006–2007||Ignis Castelletto Ticino|
|Career highlights and awards|
Diener joined the DePaul Blue Demons in 2001, where he was nominated best player on the team in two consecutive years. In 2005, Diener was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. He underwent two surgical operations that took him off the court for one year.
In June 2006, Diener signed his first professional contract with Ignis Castelletto Ticino of the Italian Second Division. Thanks to a good season there, the following year he signed for Orlandina Basket in the Italian First Division. After becoming the top scorer of the Italy's highest league, in February 2008 he signed with Montepaschi Siena. During that season in Siena, Diener contributed to the team's victory of the Italian championship and a 3rd-place finish in the Euroleague.
In July 2009, Diener signed a two-year deal with Teramo Basket. During his stay in Abruzzo, Drake enjoyed great success confirming himself as one of the best players in the Italian league and the main contributor to Teramo's remaining in the top division.
In July 2011, he signed a one-year deal Dinamo Sassari where he reunited with his cousin and former NBA point guard Travis Diener. In June 2012, he re-signed with Sassari for one more season. In July 2013, he again re-signed with Sassari, this time for two years. On March 16, 2014 Diener scored 44 points against Reyer Venezia Mestre making his career high. He helped his team to win the Italian Cup in 2014. He was also named the Lega Basket Serie A MVP of the 2013–14 season. In June 2014, he left Dinamo Sassari.
During his 2 years in Teramo he earned the nickname of "Il Drago" (the Dragon) due to the similar sound of his first name to the Italian word.
His cousin Travis Diener also played for Dinamo Sassari.
- Demon of a time
- Drake Diener to Play in Italy
- Montepaschi Siena signs combo guard Drake Diener
- Avellino tabs Drake Diener
- Diener lands in Teramo
- Dinamo Sassari announces Drake Diener
- Dinamo Sassari officially keeps Travis and Drake Diener
- Dinamo Sassari officially re-signed Drake Diener
- Watch all of Drake Diener's buckets in his 44-points showcase
- Serie A, Drake Diener l'Mvp della stagione (Italian)
- Drake Diener to leave Banco di Sardegna Sassari
- DRAKE DIENER E' BIANCOROSSO Archived July 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (Italian)
- Drake Diener officially signs with Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
- Drake Diener is released from Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia Archived July 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. (Italian)
- Drake Diener signs with CAI Zaragoza
- Drake Diener, CAI Zaragoza officially part ways
- Euroleague.net Profile
- Lega Basket Serie A Profile (Italian)
- Spanish ACB League Profile (Spanish)
- Eurobasket.com Profile
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