Dedmon was once thought of as a very good prospect, but struggled throughout his college career. During his junior season, he averaged just 6.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game while shooting 50.0% from the field and 68.1% from the free throw line, yet still chose to forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft.
The Lancaster, California native obviously has fantastic size at 7’0 and 255 lbs.. He is also a fantastic athlete, but based on his production, or lack thereof, entering the draft was a puzzling move. He was not drafted.
Dedmon became a sensation in the basketball world because of his story. Despite his size, he followed his mother’s wishes as a Jehovah’s Witness and did not play basketball until he was 18. Dedmon’s mother believed her son should focus on church rather than sports.
In March, Dedmon and his backup, James Blasczyk, were suspended for their alleged involvement in a fight.
Amick reports the deal is partially guaranteed.