Temple graduate Dion Dacons
is on his way to Uruguay, where he'll start a professional basketball career that he hopes will keep him occupied for the next 10 years.
The 6-6 forward discussed his future plans in a phone conversation with OwlsDaily.com while driving home to North Carolina earlier this week.
"I think it will be a great experience," said Dacons, whose Temple diploma will be mailed to him at the end of August. "Just to get the opportunity to play basketball as a job, it's something I'd love to do for the next 10, 11, 12 years."
Knowing the NBA is not in his future, Dacons began planning for an overseas basketball career several months ago. He considered a few options before deciding to sign with Club Trouville in Montevideo – Uruguay's capital.
"It was really pretty simple," Dacons explained. "At the end of the season, I talked to the coaching staff about my interest in playing overseas. And they contacted some people they know and then we had to go through creating a profile and compiling game tapes, things like that. I selected an agent, who's based in France, and he basically got my name out there and we waited for some offers."
Dacons said he received interest from club teams in Luxembourg and Germany, in addition to Uruguay. His agent advised him that Club Trouville was the best option.
"He's sent numerous guys to this league," Dacons said. "And this team won the league championship last year. I did some research on my own, and it seemed like a great fit."
One thing Dacons learned in researching his options is that it's better to play for a winning team – and not just because losing is no fun.
"In some of these leagues, if you're on a losing team your season might end in December," he said. "So you want to go to a winning team. And here I'm going to get a chance to play right from the start."
Having committed to a long-term pro career, Dacons said he was careful when picking his new home.
"You're going to be living in a foreign place for seven, eight months a year, so you want to pick a place where the lifestyle is hospitable to Americans," he said. "And this is the capital, Montevideo. The primary language is Spanish, but it's a big tourist destination so they're very familiar with Americans."
Dacons said his contract was finalized last week. The financial terms "have not been set in stone."
Within the next two weeks, he'll be on his way to Uruguay.
Temple graduate Dion Dacons is on his way to Uruguay, where he'll start a professional basketball career that he hopes will keep him occupied for the next 10 years. The 6-6 forward discussed his future plans in a phone conversation with OwlsDaily.com while driving home to North Carolina earlier this week.