After rumors surfaced last week, the University of Washington men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar made it official Monday.
Gilles Dierickx, a 6-foot-11 center, has completed his financial agreement with Washington and will transfer from Florida International University.
Dierickx will have to it out the 2012-13 season per NCAA transfer rules, but will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“Gilles is a very skilled post player that can step outside as well as play on the block,” Romar said in a press release. “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 this past season under coach Isiah Thomas. Dierickx started 15 games, including the last nine games of the season.
Dierickx, who was born in Ghent, Belgium, moved to the U.S. to play basketball before his junior year in high school. He played two seasons at Chaminade High School in West Hills, Calif.
He averaged 13.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocks during his senior season for the Eagles.
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