Mark Robert Dickel (born 21 December 1976) is a New Zealand-Australian former professional basketball player and the current team consultant of the TNT KaTropa of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
|Born||21 December 1976|
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
|Nationality||New Zealand / Australian|
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Logan Park (Dunedin, New Zealand)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Undrafted|
|2000||North Harbour Kings|
|2006–2007||WTK Anwil Włocławek|
|2007–2008||Brose Baskets Bamberg|
|2009–2010||Trikala 2000 B.C.|
|2010–2011||Albanian national team|
|2018–present||TNT KaTropa (consultant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
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.
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-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 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. 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. 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. 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.
In December 2009, Dickel re-signed with Trikala for the rest of the 2009–10 season.
In December 2010, Dickel signed with the Sydney Kings for the rest of the 2010–11 NBL season. 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. He returned on 6 March 2011 and played a further five games.
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. In January 2014, he was appointed player-coach of the Nuggets for the 2014 season.
On 15 August 2014, Dickel was named the head coach of the Canterbury Rams, effectively ending his 21-year playing career after signing a two-year deal with the club. Dickel and his Mainland Eagles' staff coaches were able to facilitate US basketball basketball scholarships to 10 players. On 29 April 2016, he signed a four-year contract extension with the club.
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.
Dickel played for the Tall Blacks for more than 100 games.
Dickel and his wife Ashley have three children: Jalen, Madden and Boston.
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.
- "UNLV Runnin' Rebels – History / Records" (PDF). cstv.com. Retrieved 25 May 2005.
- "Player Bio: Mark Dickel". unlvrebels.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
- "Dickel signs with Polish club". tvnz.co.nz. 21 September 2006. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
- "New Zealand guard Dickel suspended for doping". ESPN.com. 19 August 2006. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
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