NBA Coming to Antelope Valley College…Again

Posted: March 9, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, NBA, Player


Antelope Valley College’s NBA big man Dewayne Dedman, 7’0”, 245 contract is up after this year ends.  Those in the know expect that his next contract will be a major upgrade over his current three year contract of $3 million dollars.  Improving skills year after year, a healthy body and an exceptionally good man is the kind of of player that the NBA is willing to pay for.

DeWayne Dedmon’s Basketball Camp at his Valley alma mater, Antelope Valley College was so popular last year that many participants had to turned away.  Dewayne says this year will even be bigger and better!  DeWayne always brings some of his his NBA buddies to work with kids as well.  the kids dewayne


AVC players, current and past, are of course are invited to work at the camp.  The following article is from the AV Press. 

Dedmon is putting in the work

Sweat fairly cascades down his face and arms as he walks back into the visiting locker room at Staples Center.

DeWayne Dedmon’s preparation for his typical 11 minutes per game with the Orlando Magic require three or four times that much unseen preparation time.

But now comes the toughest part of pregame preparation.

The pass list.

"Always have a a big list when I come home," Lancaster High’s first NBA player said with a mix of pride and obligation. "People from all over the place, asking for tickets."

The Valley’s biggest, and most unlikely, ticket to the big time has never forgotten where he came from.

Or how.

It showed when the 7-footer came home last summer to host his inaugural DeWayne Dedmon Basketball Camp at his other Valley alma mater, Antelope Valley College.

It could have been mistaken for a Donald Trump campaign rally, so many kids so eagerly turned out.

"That was really special, to see how many people were there for just my first camp," Dedmon said. "I can’t wait to put on another one, and hopefully this one this summer will be even bigger.

"It feels so good to give back. A lot of people helped me to get where I am today, and now I want to help as many people as I can."

Notwithstanding the menacing scowl he can produce on the court and the wingspan that set the Marauder single-game record with seven blocked shots in a game that still stands six years later, Dedmon is still Gail Lewis’ son.

That big heart that beats inside him is still more magnanimous than menacing.

Despite his prodigious size that was a natural for basketball, he didn’t play sports growing up out of deference to his mother’s devout Jehovah’s Witness faith.

When he did step on the basketball court, he came so far, so fast, that Sports Illustrated devoted a story to his emergence with the Marauders and later USC.

His Marauder days remain precious to Dedmon, who keeps in regular contact with AVC assistant coach Mike Rios.

DeWayne Dedmon is a 7-foot, 245-pound exhibit of evidence that there are other ways to get to the NBA than superstardom in youth basketball or high school.

There is something very refreshing about someone who came to athletic success later in life.

There is no hint of attitude, or entitlement, or sense of superiority to those around him in Dedmon.

He is still bearing witness every day to the son his beloved mother raised in faith, rather than fandom.

To be sure, standing 7-feet tall helps in a vertical game like basketball.

But Dedmon has put in the work, too, as that drenching pregame session on the Staples Center hardwood Tuesday night confirmed.

He has developed the timing and instincts of a shot-blocker, and the relentless blue collar work ethic that is the key to rebounding.

"That was the message I wanted to get across to those kids last summer," Dedmon said. "They see all the glamorous parts of the game, being on TV and all.

"But even more important is the work nobody ever sees, all the hard work you put in in training and conditioning and developing your skills through hard work and dedication to practice. That was the most important message I wanted to get across to them."

Four different times this season, Dedmon has blocked three shots in a game.

He has a pair of two-steal games, including one Nov. 9 against the Indiana Pacers of Paul George, the pride of Knight High School.

That night, the lane might as well have been the 14 Freeway when the Valley’s favorite basketball sons competed against each other.

Dedmon is walking the walk of his work ethic gospel.

He has come home to Southern California this week, but he is also returning to the Orlando Magic after a one-game assignment to the Erie (Pennsylvania) Bayhawks of the NBA’s Developmental League.

Seventeen points, 22 rebounds and three blocked shots in 34 minutes sent him right back to Orlando – just in time for homecoming.

It meant he would be on the floor for Kobe Bryant’s final game against Orlando, the team Bryant beat for his fourth NBA title in 2009.

It will surely come up in his second camp this summer.

Dedmon has paid his dues with Golden State and Philadelphia before finding a home in the Magic Kingdom.

Apprised of Paraclete alum Todd Davis’ Super Bowl triumph with the Denver Broncos, Dedmon smiled.

More proof that before you get the magic, first you put in the work.

"If kids can look at me and take hope and inspiration," Dedmon said, "that’s the best way to give back."

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