Former-UH basketball player takes game overseas

Former University of Hawai‘i men’s basketball guard Jared Dillinger is off to the Philippines where he looks to launch his pro career. Dillinger will play for Pampanga in the inaugural season of La Liga Pilipinas, a newly-formed basketball league.

The league, which aims to develop talents in different regions of the Philippines, is made up of 16 teams representing north and south. Each team is allowed eight home-grown talents, two ex-pros and a Filipino-foreigner. Dillinger is eligible to play in the league through his mother, Gemma Bautista, a native of the Philippines.

Once Dillinger plays the 25 games required by a foreign player, he will enter the Philippine Basketball Association draft, where he’s expected to be one of the top picks. The PBA is the first and the oldest professional basketball league in Asia.

In addition to playing in La Liga Pilipinas, Dillinger will also have the opportunity to play for the Philippines national team during the summer.

The 6-5 guard enjoyed a breakout senior season for UH in 2007-08. After playing just six minutes as a junior, the Air Force transfer appeared in all 30 games with 25 starts as a senior in 2007-08. He averaged 9.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 2.0 apg., while leading the team in three-point percentage (.383) and finishing second in steals (34) and three-pointers made (51).

Dillinger scored a career-high 19 points in one of the team’s biggest wins of the season, a 94-71 rout over New Mexico State. Dillinger was also named the team’s top defensive player during the end-of-season banquet.

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