Dewayne Jamal Dedmon (born August 12, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Antelope Valley College and the University of Southern California.
High school and college career
Lancaster and Antelope Valley
Dedmon attended Lancaster High School in Lancaster, California, but did not play high school basketball for the Eagles until his senior year due to religious reasons. After graduating from Lancaster in 2008, Dedmon attended Antelope Valley College as a part-time student and did not play basketball during the 2008–09 season.
As a freshman at Antelope Valley in 2009–10, Dedmon helped the Marauders to a 17–14 record while averaging 6.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. He also had 46 blocks and tied the school record with seven blocks against Chaffey College on January 22, 2010. Five days later against Victor Valley, he sustained a broken bone in his forehead and an injured nasal cavity when he was hit by an errant elbow. The injury forced Dedmon to miss the final seven regular season games, but he returned for the playoffs where he recorded 5 points and 13 rebounds in his first game back, a win against Miramar College on February 24.
On April 14, 2010, Dedmon signed with the University of Southern California and subsequently redshirted the 2010–11 due to NCAA transfer regulations. He completed one final semester at Antelope Valley but did not play for Marauders in order to keep three full seasons of eligibility. He began practicing with USC in the second semester of 2010–11 when he transferred from Antelope Valley.
As a redshirted sophomore for USC in 2011–12, Dedmon battled with numerous injuries which curtailed his development but still managed to average 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 20 games (all starts). He led the team with a .551 shooting percentage and made 50 percent or more of his shots in 14 of his 20 starts. He had a season-high 18 points against Oregon on January 19, 2012 and followed that up with eight points and eight rebounds against Oregon State on January 21. Five days later against Colorado, he suffered a season-ending injury with a torn left MCL.
As a junior for USC in 2012–13, Dedmon led the Trojans with 7.0 rebounds to go with 6.7 points in 31 games (29 starts). After struggling to score in the early part of the season, Dedmon had the best stretch of his career toward the beginning of USC's conference slate, averaging 10.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and three blocks per game in a five-game stretch. He tied his career-high of 18 points against Washington on March 6 but was suspended indefinitely on March 12 following a reported Saturday night incident in downtown Spokane between USC players and local bar patrons. USC lost 69–66 to Utah in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament, two days after the suspensions were announced, with Dedmon and also-suspended senior center James Blasczyk not making the trip to the tournament. The Trojans finished the season with a 14–18 record. Dedmon also averaged 2.1 blocks per game in 2012–13, good for second in the Pac-12 and the sixth-best single season total in USC history, and finished the season ninth in program history with 85 career blocks.
Golden State Warriors (2013)
After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Dedmon joined the Miami Heat for the Orlando Summer League and the Dallas Mavericks for the Las Vegas Summer League. On September 23, 2013, he signed with the Golden State Warriors. However, he was later waived by Golden State on October 25 after appearing in five preseason games. On November 1, he was acquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of Golden State.
On November 18, 2013, Dedmon re-signed with the Golden State Warriors, but was assigned back down to Santa Cruz the next day. He was recalled by Golden State on November 20, reassigned on November 24, and recalled again on November 25. On December 5, he was waived by Golden State after appearing in four games for the team. Five days later, he was reacquired by Santa Cruz.
Philadelphia 76ers (2014)
On January 14, 2014, Dedmon signed a 10-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. The next day, he made his debut for the 76ers. In 14 minutes of action, he recorded 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in a 95–92 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. On January 24, he signed a second 10-day contract with the 76ers. After his second 10-day contract expired on February 2, the 76ers parted ways with Dedmon on February 3 after they elected to not sign him for the rest of the season. That same day, he was named to the Futures All-Star roster for the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game. The following day, he was reacquired and deactivated by Santa Cruz.
Orlando Magic (2014–2016)
On February 25, 2014, Dedmon signed a 10-day contract with the Orlando Magic. He went on to sign a second 10-day contract with the Magic on March 7, and then a multi-year deal on March 17.
In July 2014, Dedmon joined the Magic for the 2014 NBA Summer League. He spent his first full NBA season with the Magic in 2014–15. On March 8, 2015, he had a season-best game with 11 points and 16 rebounds in 103–98 win over the Boston Celtics.
On November 7, 2015, Dedmon scored a then career-high 12 points in a 105–97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. On March 5, 2016, he was assigned to the Erie BayHawks, the Magic's D-League affiliate. Two days later, he was recalled by the Magic. On March 26, 2016, he recorded a career-high 18 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in 22 minutes as a starter in a 111–89 win over the Chicago Bulls.
NBA career statistics
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Dedmon is the son of Thomas Dedmon and Gail Lewis, and has two older sisters, Sabrina and Marina. His father committed suicide when he was just three-years-old, while his mother is an avid Jehovah's Witness.