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Ex-Belfast Star man Paul Dick's major breakthrough on European basketball scene

By David Kelly

Published 21/04/2015

In demand: Paul Dick is a wanted man after shining in Germany
In demand: Paul Dick is a wanted man after shining in Germany

Paul Dick is a man in demand after scooping two major accolades at the end of the German basketball season.

The Lisburn man, 24 next week, ended his campaign with the Limburg club in Regional Two in Germany on a high when he was voted the European Player of the Year and also the overall Player of the Year.

Former Belfast Star ace Dick moved to the professional German side last summer and immediately made a major impact, finishing the season with the top average points per game and also the player with the most assists.

Those stats helped lead the 16 coaches in the division to vote him the Outstanding Player of the Season - even though Limburg finished fifth in the league.

Now sharp shooting Paul is having to weigh up a number of offers as he looks ahead to next season, with Limburg aware that he could easily be tempted away to play at an even higher level than the prestigious German scene.

Hotshot Paul admitted: "I am trying to move up. I would like to play at a higher level and compete for minutes in each practice.

"It doesn't matter where I will play. I really liked Germany, but I will play anywhere."

Mum Breda, who coached the Ulster Rockets in the women's All Ireland Premier League, expects her son to push on even further on the back of such a stunning season - unprecedented for an Ulster basketball player.

"Basketball in Germany is huge and Paul had a great year - it really couldn't have gone any better. It has been a major breakthrough for him," said Breda.

"To be voted the Player of the Year says a lot and already there has been a lot of interest in Paul for next season. There have been people making contact from France, Denmark and of course there is a lot of interest from those in Germany.

"Being around top players and having really good facilities has really pushed him on to another level and I think working with coach Jose Berracol with Star last season helped him too."

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