Ottumwa -- Dwight Buycks has signed a contract with the Detroit Pistons and the former Indian Hills All-American is preparing for a chance to play in the NBA for the first time since the end of the 2014-15 season. Buycks, coming off two very successful years playing professionally in China, has had previous stints with the NBA's Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakes, playing a total of 20 games over two seasons.
A two-time All-American with IHCC who is 4th on the school's all-time scoring list, Buycks has averaged over 25 points a game the past two seasons with the Chinese professional team the Fujian Sturgeons. He signed a two-way contract with the Pistons, a deal that will allow Buycks to occupy the 16th or 17th roster spot for Detroit. The new contract option goes into effect in the upcoming season. Players who sign these pacts can spend up to 45 days with an NBA team, although no time is guaranteed. The rest of their contract must be spent in the G-League, the developmental league used by the NBA.
After graduating from Marquette, Buycks began his pro career in the developmental league, then known as the D-League, in Tulsa. He has seen action in Belgium, France and Spain in addition to China. This summer he suited up for the Dallas Mavericks squad in the Orlando Summer League, scoring 28 points in one game.
Buycks, a 2016 inductee into the IHCC Athletic Hall of Fame, played for Warrior teams that went 58-13 and qualified for the national tournament his freshman campaign. He started every game during his IHCC career, averaging 17.8 points his first year and 17.5 as a sophomore, when he was a first-team NJCAA All-American.