One of the most prolific shooters in Purdue’s rich history of basketball has decided to put his NBA dream on hold and get some experience overseas, playing in Spain.
OFICIAL | @DMathias31, nou reforç exterior per al Divina Seguros Joventut— Divina Seguros Joventut (@Penya1930) August 1, 2018
El escolta norteamericano firma hasta el 30 de junio de 2019
Welcome to Badalona, Dakota
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Si, mucho bueno.
If you remember correctly, Dakota was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cavaliers, but after an up and down summer league, he has opted out of the G-League and is going to head overseas - which some consider much more competitive than the G-League.
Here is what ACB.com had to say about Dakota (Google Translated):
Mathias (11/07/95; Elida, United States), 23 years old and trained at Purdue University, lands in Badalona to live his first professional experience. The new dark green player is an escort of 1.93m and 91kg with a great pitch of three and ability to understand the game. In his 4 years at the university, Mathias has stood out for being a great shooter at the time of creating his own pitch or coming out of the blocks of his teammates.
In his last season at Purdue, during his senior year, Dakota Mathias became the second best triple in the generation of his Draft with a 46.6% long distance percentage. The escort completed the season with 12 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists in a total of 37 games.
His team, Divina Seguros Joventut, plays in the top division of the Spanish League. This team has been around since 1930, making it one of the oldest teams in Spain as well. AS of now, Dakota is the only American on the roster, and the team lists two other shooting guards as well - one being their team captain.
We want to wish Dakota the best of luck in Spain, we know he will do great!