(Orlando, FL) – Florida Flight rookie Vincent Dillard is heading abroad in December, signing to play for the Moncton Miracles of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL-C).
Dillard made an immediate impact with the Florida Flight, boasting 33.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game before accepting an opportunity and relocating to Los Angeles, California to play in the infamous Drew League. In his last game with the Flight, Dillard dropped a Florida Basketball Association (FBA) record 50 points in a come from behind road win against the Palm Beach Knights on April 9, 2016.
“Vince showed incredible professionalism and exposure from day one with the Flight,” shared Flight Owner and Head Coach Mark King. “I had no doubt whatsoever in his ability to move on to the next level professionally. He’s got great size and athleticism as a player, his basketball IQ is high, and his work ethic is second to none. I’m super excited for him. He’ll do great in Canada”
“The Florida Flight was a great experience for me,” said Dillard. “It gave me an opportunity to elevate my game to professional level standards by learning the triangle offense. It also helped me adjust to the speed and rhythm of the pro game, and learn how to score and be effective on a team with a lot of other highly talented players.”
Dillard will play for Head Coach Paul Mokeski, who retired as an NBA player and boasts coaching experience both in the NBA and the NBA Development League. The Miracles look to improve from their 3rd place finish in the NBL-C’s Atlantic Division.
“I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity in my basketball life right now,” said Dillard. “The timing of this is perfect, and I’m grateful to Coach Mokeski and the Miracles organization for giving me a chance to prove my worth as a player. I’m excited to see how things play out this upcoming season.”
“It’s very rewarding to see so many of our players develop and get the chance to play abroad,” said King. “We’ve seen 13 of our players over the years move on from the Florida Flight to international opportunities. It’s the biggest difference between coaching in the minor leagues compared to other opportunities. You grow to love these guys, but you never know how long you’ll have them for, so sometimes it’s bittersweet. Your job is to help them improve key areas of their game and move them on to bigger and better opportunities.”
Dillard is the second Florida Flight player to play in Moncton, and the 5th FBA player to play in the NBL-C. Cordell Jeanty, Florida Flight player in 2011, has been in Moncton from 2012 – 2016. Shawn Vanzant, Charles Okwandu, and Marcus Capers also spent time playing in the FBA. Tyshawn Patterson, NBL-C Player of the Week for the week ending January 17, 2016 with the London Lightneing, also spent time in training camp with the Flight before leaving to play in Colombia (DirectTV Liga Colombia).
About the Flight: The Florida Flight is a member team of the Florida Basketball Association. The mission of the Florida Flight is to utilize the platform of professional basketball to invest in the lives of others. For more information on the Florida Flight, please visit http://www.flighthoops.com.
About the FBA: The Florida Basketball Association is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball careers. For more information on the FBA, please visit www.thefba.com.