Worthy de Jong

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Worthy de Jong
Worthy de Jong 2016.png
De Jong playing for ZZ Leiden in 2016
No. 6ZZ Leiden
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 33)
Paramaribo, Suriname
NationalityDutch
Listed height6 ft 4.3 in (1.94 m)
Career information
Playing career2009–present
Career history
2009–2010 Rotterdam Challengers
2010–2016 ZZ Leiden
2016–2017 SOMB
2017–presentZZ Leiden
Career highlights and awards

Worthy Donovan Rafael de Jong (born 14 March 1988 [1] ) is a Dutch professional basketball player, who currently plays for ZZ Leiden of the Dutch Basketball League (DBL). De Jong is part of the Dutch national team. Standing at 6 ft 4.3 in (1.94 m), De Jong plays the shooting guard or the small forward position. [2]

Contents

De Jong is the all-time leader in points, rebounds and assists for ZZ Leiden.

Career

De Jong signed with the Rotterdam Challengers for the 2009–10 season, starting his professional career. Previously, he played with Orca's Urk in the Promotiedivisie.

On 19 July 2010, de Jong signed a deal with ZZ Leiden. [3] Under head coach Toon van Helfteren, De Jong was a rotation player in his first seasons. In the 2010–11 season, De Jong won his first DBL title after Leiden beat Groningen 4–3 in the Finals. In the following seasons, De Jong grew into a star in the DBL. In the 2012-13 season, De Jong won his second title after Leeuwarden was downed 4–0. In the 2014 offseason, he signed a new 3-year contract with Leiden. [4] In the 2015–16 season, De Jong won his first DBL Most Valuable Player Award of his career. [5]

In June 2016, De Jong signed with SOMB of the French second national division Pro B. [6] In the 2016–17 Pro B season, De Jong averaged 9.7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists per game, as SOMB finished in 17th place and was relegated to the third division Nationale Masculine 1 (NM1). [7]

On 28 June 2017, de Jong returned to his former club ZZ Leiden by signing a one-year contract. [8] In June 2018, he extended his contract for two more seasons. [9] de Jong signed a three-year extension with the team on May 29, 2020. [10] He won the DBL Defensive Player of the Year award for the first time in the 2020–21 season. [11]

International career

De Jong plays for the Netherlands national basketball team since he made his debut on 28 July 2012. [12] He made his debut at a major tournament during EuroBasket 2015, where he averaged 9.4 points per game. [13]

Statistics

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2015 EuroBasket Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 5521.1.533.667.8124.61.00.89.4

Honours

Club

ZZ Leiden

Individual

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References

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