The junior leading scorer and team MVP announces he will return to UW for a fifth, senior season rather than enter the NBA draft. His return makes the re-loaded, 2013-14 Huskies that much more potent.
Jahmel Taylor and Mike Anderson will join the Huskies' backcourt for the 2013-14 season.
Washington will face Loyola-Maryland on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. (Pac-12 TV Net) in Alaska Airlines Arena.
Losing Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross early to the NBA, Abdul Gaddy's cool decision making returning and next week's exhibition trip to Europe and Africa lead coach to change halfcourt offense.
Dierickx, a 6-foot-11 center from Belgium, will redshirt 2012-13 and have three years of eligibility remaining.
Washington Notes - Signed financial aid agreement on June 29, 2012 ... will sit out the 2012-13 season and have three years of eligibility remaining.
At Florida International 2011-12 (Freshman) - Averaged 2.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 29 games for Florida International as a freshman in 2011-12 ... made 15 starts, including the last nine games of the season for the Panthers ... was third on the team with 16 blocks ... shot 48.6% from the field - second-best on the team - and was 8-for-10 from the free throw line ... recorded career highs of 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks ... shot 55.6 percent (20-of-36) from the floor versus Sun Belt Conference foes ... grabbed a career-high eight rebounds to go with six points at Arkansas State (2/18) ... tallied six points and seven rebounds at Arkansas-Little Rock ... recorded a career-best four blocked shots versus North Texas (2/9) ... registered a career-high eight points at Louisiana-Lafayette (1/14), shooting a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe ... made first-career start at Oral Roberts (11/22) ... scored six points and grabbed three boards in his FIU debut versus George Mason (11/14) in the opening round of the 2011 Dick's Sporting Good NIT Tip-Off.
Personal and High School - Name pronounced Jheel (rhymes with Feel); Deer-IX ... born in Ghent, Belgium but moved to the United States to play basketball as a high school junior ... spent two seasons at West Hills Chaminade in West Hills, Calif. where he averaged 13.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocks during his senior season for the Eagles ... was on the East roster for the 2011 "Battle of the Valley" All-Star Game ... averaged 7.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game as a junior ... son of Filip Dierickx and Ariane De Pauw and has one sister, Valerie. He plans on majoring in international business.