Nitin Paul Dhiman is an Indian – American professional basketball player. He is 6ft 3 in tall and plays guard. He has played professionally in the Dominican Republic in the Baloncesto Superior de Santo Domingo, the American Basketball Association (ABA), and the NBA Southern California Summer Pro League.
Early Life and Education
Born on July 24, 1980 in Overland Park, Kansas he attended and played high school basketball at the Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Missouri winning two Missouri 2A state championships. He led the team in three-point field goal percentage at 44.4%.
College Basketball Career
College: After graduating from the Pembroke Hill School he received interest, but not offered a scholarship, to play collegiate basketball at Depaul, Southern Illinois, and University of Missouri-Kansas City. Instead he attended Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where he was a standout guard on the basketball team. From 1999-2003 Dhiman averaged 19.4 points per game and set numerous school scoring records.
Professional Basketball Career
In 2002, Dhiman was added to Villa Francisca of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional of the Dominican Republic for the final 3 games of the season. In 2004-2005 season, Dhiman signed with IGK in the Baloncesto Superior of Santo Domingo. He averaged 15.4 points and was named to the all-star team his rookie season and competed in the three point contest. In 2005, Dhiman returned to the United States and played at the NBA Southern California Summer League coached by former NBA center Olden Polynice. The following season he was signed as a free agent to the ABA’s San Diego Wildcats. Former NBA Co-rookie of the year, William Tosheff, served as Dhiman’s agent.
During the 2006-2007 season, Dhiman returned to IGK in the Dominican Republic but missed 4 weeks due to an eye injury. In July 2007, Dhiman teamed up with Ron Allen and coached by former NBA player Steffond Johnson at the NBA Summer Pro League in Los Angeles. After a brief retirement to return to practicing medicine, Dhiman again particpated at the 2012 NBA Summer Pro League in Los Angeles. In 2013, Dhiman joined sports ministry, Athletes in Action, to compete on an exhibition tour against professional basketball teams in Puerto Rico.
2002: Villa Francisca
2005: NBA Southern California Summer Pro League
2006: ABA: San Diego Wildcats
2007: NBA Southern California Summer Pro League
2012: Southern California Summer Pro League