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PDX Draft Pick Diebler Thriving in Greece

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Jon Diebler had no idea this is how his first year out of college would turn out.

After growing up in Upper Sandusky and spending his entire life living in Ohio, the state’s all-time leading scorer now finds himself halfway around the world. In a matter of three months, Diebler went from graduating as the Big Ten’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals at Ohio State, to a newlywed, to being selected by the Portland Trail Blazers (51st overall in the 2011 NBA Draft) and suddenly playing for Panionios in the Greek League and living in the Nea Smymi district in Athens, Greece.

Not bad for a 23-year old who thought he’d have to battle for a roster spot with a non-guaranteed contract in Portland.

Funny how life turns out. While the NBA lockout was a curse to some players around the league, it’s truly turned into a blessing for Diebler.

“I have no regrets waiting (to play overseas). I looked at this as an opportunity to get better as a basketball player, but most importantly grow as a man,” Diebler told Ridiculous Upside.

“This has taught me patience and made me realize how truly blessed I am to play the game that I love in another part of the world.”

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skywaker9 (David) is a Portland native and passionate Blazers fan. He currently works as a University fiscal analyst for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. He also has a PhD in Public Affairs and Policy at Portland State University. David is a former political activist who chose to focus on sports because they made him happy. He primarily writes previews for PWE and one of his primary goals is to inform Blazer fans everywhere about those players on other teams they may not have heard of but should (such as Nikola Vucevic).