Mark Dickel

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Mark Dickel
Canterbury Rams
Position Head coach
League NBL
Personal information
Born (1976-12-21) 21 December 1976 (age 40)
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand / Australian
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Logan Park (Dunedin, New Zealand)
College UNLV (1996–2000)
NBA draft 2000 / Undrafted
Playing career 1993–2014
Position Point guard
Career history
As player:
1993–1996 Otago Nuggets
1998 Wellington Saints
2000 North Harbour Kings
2000–2002 Victoria Titans
2002 Wellington Saints
2002–2003 Fenerbahçe
2003 Otago Nuggets
2003 Telinus Oostende
2004 Fenerbahçe
2004–2005 Erdemirspor Belediyesi
2005–2006 Lokomotiv Rostov
2006–2007 WTK Anwil Włocławek
2007 Maroussi B.C.
2007–2008 Brose Baskets Bamberg
2008 Mutlu Akü
2009–2010 Trikala 2000 B.C.
2010–2011 Sydney Kings
2011 Southland Sharks
2012–2014 Otago Nuggets
As coach:
2010–2011 Albanian national team
2015–present Canterbury Rams
Career highlights and awards

Mark Robert Dickel (born 21 December 1976) is a New Zealand-Australian former professional basketball player and the current head coach of the Canterbury Rams of the New Zealand National Basketball League (NZNBL).

Early years[edit]

Dickel attended Logan Park High School in Dunedin, New Zealand. In 1993, he joined the Otago Nuggets of the New Zealand National Basketball League and played there until 1996 when he left for college in the United States.

In 1998 off-season, following the conclusion of his sophomore season, Dickel joined the Wellington Saints for the 1998 New Zealand NBL season.

College career[edit]

Dickel played college basketball at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from 1996 to 2000, tying for the team lead in assists his freshman year of 1996–97 and leading the team in that category in his remaining three seasons. In his senior year of 1999–2000, his 9.0 assists per game led NCAA Division I men's basketball, and he finished his career third on the school's all-time list for total assists. In 2000, Dickel was named an Associated Press All-American.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2000 NBA draft, Dickel returned to New Zealand and joined the North Harbour Kings for the last two games of the 2000 New Zealand NBL season. Later that year, he signed with the Victoria Titans for the 2000–01 and 2001–02 NBL seasons. In 2002, he re-joined the Wellington Saints for the 2002 New Zealand NBL season. Later that year, he signed with Fenerbahçe of Turkey for the 2002–03 season, where he led the league in assists with 5.6 per game. He then re-joined the Otago Nuggets for the 2003 NZNBL season.

In mid-2003, he signed with Telinus Oostende of Belgium for the 2003–04 season. In December 2003, he left Oostende. In January 2004, he re-joined Fenerbahçe for the rest of the 2003–04 season.

In mid-2004, he signed with Erdemirspor of Turkey for the 2004–05 season. In 24 games, he averaged 19.3ppg, 4.1rpg, and 8.7apg.

In 2005, he signed a two-year deal with Lokomotiv Rostov of Russia.[3]

In August 2006, Dickel returned a positive drug test for cannabis use and was suspended by Basketball New Zealand for two matches against Qatar. FIBA imposed an additional 10-day suspension, meaning Dickel missed the first three matches of the 2006 FIBA World Championship.[4] The suspension subsequently made Lokomotiv terminate the second year of his two-year contract and in September 2006, he signed with WTK Anwil Włocławek of Poland for the 2006–07 season.[3] In January 2007, he left Włocławek and signed with Maroussi B.C. of Greece. However, after just one game, he was forced to leave after a season-ending back injury.

In July 2007, Dickel signed with reigning German BBL champions Brose Baskets Bamberg.[5] In January 2008, Dickel left Brose Baskets Bamberg following the end of Euroleague play and returned to Turkey, signing with Selçuk Üniversitesi BK for the rest of the 2007–08 season.[6]

In January 2009, Dickel signed with the Trikala 2000 B.C. of Greece for the rest of the 2008–09 season. In 14 games, he averaged 7.1 points per game to help Trikala avoid relegation.[7]

In December 2009, Dickel re-signed with Trikala for the rest of the 2009–10 season.[8]

In November 2010, Dickel signed with the Southland Sharks for the 2011 New Zealand NBL season, which saw him play under his brother, Richard.[9]

In December 2010, Dickel signed with the Sydney Kings for the rest of the 2010–11 NBL season.[10] His debut with the Kings was delayed until 8 January 2011 due to a calf injury. On 30 January 2011, he tore his calf in the final quarter of a 94–91 away loss to the Gold Coast Blaze.[11] He returned on 6 March 2011 and played a further five games.[12]

In September 2011, Dickel signed a two-year deal with the Otago Nuggets. He also took up the role of Basketball Otago's director of development.[13] In January 2014, he was appointed player-coach of the Nuggets for the 2014 season.[14]

Coaching career[edit]

Dickel was the head coach of the Albanian national basketball team from 2010 to 2011.[15]

On 15 August 2014, Dickel was named the head coach of the Canterbury Rams, effectively ending his 21-year career after signing a two-year deal with the club.[16] On 29 April 2016, he signed a four-year contract extension with the club.[17]

International career[edit]

Dickel was first selected for the New Zealand national basketball team in 1994. In 1995, Dickel was both junior and senior Tall Blacks player of the year. In 1997, he played in the World Under 23 championships in Melbourne and averaged 16 points and 6 assists being recognised as a top 5 player at the tournament.

He represented New Zealand in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the 2004 Athens Olympics. He played in the 2002 FIBA World Championship, finishing the tournament ranked third in assists per game. He played only two matches in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, due to a drugs suspension.[4]


Dickel and his wife Ashley have three children: Jalen, Madden and Boston.[18]

Dickel's father, Carl, was a New Zealand women's national basketball team head coach for 10 years and coached the Otago Nuggets for four years from 1994 to 1997. Dickel's brother, Richard, is a well known coach in and around Australia and New Zealand, having coached the Waikato Pistons, Otago Nuggets, Southland Sharks and Adelaide Lightning, as well as Southland Under 17, Under 19 and Under 21 teams. Dickel's nephew, Luke Aston, also plays in the New Zealand NBL.[19]

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