A post player and native of Belgium with three years of eligibility remaining, Gilles Dierickx, will transfer to the University of Washington program in the fall, but is not eligible, per NCAA transfer rules, until the 2013-14 basketball season.
The a 6-foot-11 center is transferring from Florida International University, where he played a year under former NBA star Isiah Thomas, who was fired in April after an 8-21 season and a three-year record of 26-65.
“Gilles is a very skilled post player that can step outside as well as play on the block,” coach Lorenzo Romar said in a school statement. “He is someone that has potential for a lot of growth and he gives us some size at 6-foot-11.”
Dierickx averaged 2.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 29 games for Florida International as a freshman in 2011-12. He made 15 starts, including the last nine games of the season for the Panthers. He shot 48.6% from the field – second-best on the team — and was 8-for-10 from the free throw line.
Dierickx was born in Ghent, Belgium, but moved to the U.S. to play basketball as a high school junior. He spent two seasons at West Hills Chaminade in West Hills, Calif., where he averaged 13.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocks during his senior season.
He averaged 7.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game as a junior.