BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland graduate Dylon Cormier '14 signed his first professional contract this week and will continue his career in The Netherlands as a member ZZ Leiden.
The 2013 Dutch Basketball League (DBL) champions, Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden play in the highest level of basketball in Holland and are based in Leiden, a city less than 45 minutes from the capital of Amsterdam and near the North Sea coast.
Cormier's career for the Greyhounds came to an early close in 2013-2014 after he fractured his hand in an early February game against the U.S. Military Academy. He was 13th in the nation, and tops in the Patriot League, in points per game (21.2) and had scored 10 or more points in all 21 games he'd played at the time of his injury.
Despite missing the final nine games of Loyola's season, Cormier finished seventh in school history in points scored (1,659), tied for sixth in games played (115), second in both free throws made and attempted (459-of-662), second in steals (185) and 10th in field goals made (552).
Cormier, who graduated from Loyola in May with a Bachelor of Arts in communication, was also the Greyhounds' leading rebounder when he was injury, averaging 5.8 in 21 games. He also was tops in the Patriot League in steals (46), steals per game (2.2), offensive rebounds (63) and offensive rebounds per game (3.0).
"We are thrilled for Dylon to be able to continue his career in Europe after what will go down as one of the best four-year careers in Loyola history," said Greyhounds Head Coach G.G. Smith. "Dylon was an unbelievable competitor who did terrific things for us on the court, and we are excited for him to represent Loyola while playing basketball in Holland."
During his senior campaign, Cormier led Loyola in scoring in 19-of-21 games he played, and he tallied 20 or more points 14 times with three games of 31-plus points. He had four double-digit rebound games for his first four career double-doubles.
Cormier was a starter at guard for the Greyhounds during all four of his seasons and helped Loyola to a 73-55 record those years, including the second and third postseason appearances in school Division I history.
The 2011-2012 Loyola team, on which Cormier was a sophomore, won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history, and he also guided Loyola to an appearance in the CollegeInsider Postseason Tournament Quarterfinals in 2012-2013.
After averaging 8.1 points per game as a freshman in 2010-2011, Cormier saw his points per game average steadily increase to 13.4 in 2011-2012, 16.4 in 2012-2013 and 21.2 his final year.
He also is 23rd all-time at Loyola in total rebounds, averaging 4.1 over his four years. He also finished with 210 assists, 19th in school history.
Leiden advanced to last year's DBL semifinals and has played in each of the last three EuroChallenge competitions. The squad won its first DBL - it was then known as the Eredivise - title since 1978 in 2010 and repeated as champions the following season.
Cormier and Leiden will begin their season of competition later this month.