Lars Hanson today confirmed what has been a poorly-kept secret all week:
This corroborates info that Jeff Goodman of ESPN had earlier in the week. He annually puts out a list of all Division-transfers. Last season Desmond Simmons was included on the list, and he ended up at Saint Mary's. This season Gilles Diericks was included on the initial list ($):
This news doesn't come as much of a surprise to Husky fans, who witnessed Dierickx struggle through his seasons with the team, not seeing the floor for many extended periods. He played in 14 games for UW, averaging 9.9 minutes in those contests. That per-game average is boosted by him playing 34 and 31 minutes against Colorado and Utah, respectively, near the end of the season when Shawn Kemp Jr. was out with an injury.
In his last several games, Dierickx showed the ability to be a potential rotational big during what would be his senior season, after using up his first season of eligibility at Florida International before transferring to Washington. As Hanson reports, he appears to be focused on two lower-division schools as destinations (Cal Baptist and Western Washington) so he will be able to play next season.
Dierickx finished his junior year with the Dawgs averaging one point and 1.5 rebounds in his 9.9 minutes per game, while shooting 29 percent from the field. His already-small role would likely be diminished even more with Malik Dime coming in from Indian Hills Community College, along with incoming freshmen Marquese Chriss and Devenir Duruisseau (Lorenzo Romar's cousin).
Thank you for the hard work you put in to the program, Gilles.
Updated: added current Men's Scholarship Chart. With Dierickx's transfer, UW will go into 2015-16 one under the NCAA scholarship limit of 13. This presumes no other roster turnover.