Danang Dragons Heritage Import Chris Dierker has confirmed that he will not be returning for the 2019 Vietnam Basketball Association (VBA) season.

Coming off the heels of current Saigon Heat (ABL) teammate and fellow VBA heritage import Corey Cilia’s announcement that he would be skipping the upcoming season in Vietnam’s domestic basketball league, Chris Dierker has followed suit and will be headed back to the United States in pursuit of leveling his education.

“Playing basketball in Vietnam has been a great experience, but I have decided that I am content with just playing in the ABL in the future,” the Vietnamese-American Dierker addressed in a conversation with ASEAN Sports.

“I have decided that I will not return to the VBA so I can focus on school. I want to thank all the fans of the Danang Dragons for always supporting us no matter what our results were.”

As a senior at Madonna University, the 6’5” forward averaged 10.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, and was selected with the first overall pick in the 2018 VBA Draft.

Dierker had an impressive rookie campaign, averaging a double-double of 20.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per contest for a Dragons team that narrowly missed the playoffs. He was also awarded the league’s Heritage Player of the Year.

Subsequently, Dierker was called upon by Kyle Julius and the Saigon Heat for the 2018-2019 ABL season as a local player following the regional league’s eligibility rule changes. With a special blend of length, strength, and athleticism, the 24-year-old is averaging 9.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game for the Heat, making an impact on both the offensive and defensive end.

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