Worthy de Jong Signs New Contract In The Netherlands

TORONTO, July 3, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Worthy de Jong has signed a new contract with Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden of the Dutch Eredivisie, returning to the team after a one-year stint in France.

De Jong, a 6’4” shooting guard, is coming off of a strong season with Boulogne of the French Pro B League. In his first season with Boulogne, de Jong averaged 9.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and was fourth in the league with 1.8 steals per game. De Jong was recognized by Eurobasket.com as an All-French Pro B Honorable Mention.

A Paramaribo, Suriname native, de Jong attended high school at Scholengemeenschap Panta Rhei in Amstelveen, Netherlands. In 2009-2010, he began his professional career with the Rotterdam Challengers. After his first season, de Jong joined Leiden, where he went on to play for six years. During his years with Leiden, de Jong helped the team achieve great success, including the Dutch Cup Finals (2016, 2014), Dutch Supercup Finals (2015, 2014), Dutch Supercup champions (2013), Dutch League champions (2012,2011), and Dutch Cup champions (2012).

In 2011-2012, de Jong earned a spot in the team’s starting line up and ranked third overall with 1.8 steals per game in Euro Challenge competition. The next season, De Jong averaged 13.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.8 steals per game, contributing to the team’s Dutch Championship title run. In 2014-2015, de Jong averaged 15.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He also ranked fourth overall in the league with 4.5 assists per game and second with 2.6 steals per game. In the 2015-2016 campaign, de Jong finished second in the league in scoring with 16.9 points per game, 11th in assists with 3.4 per game, and first in steals with 2.9 per game. That season he was recognized as the Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Domestic Player of the Year, the All-Dutch Defensive Player of the Year, and was selected to the All-Dutch First Team. De Jong also helped lead his club to the Dutch Cup Finals. On top of their domestic schedule, Leiden played six games in FIBA Europe Cup, where de Jong averaged 17.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 2.0 steals per game.

De Jong has represented the Netherlands at the European Championships from 2012 to 2015. In the 2014 qualifying round, he averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and ranked fifth with 1.8 steals in 6 games. In the 2015 tournament, de Jong averaged 9.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 0.8 steals in five games.

De Jong is excited to return to Leiden with its exceptional fan support, and is ready to make an immediate difference on the team.

“It will feel good to be back in ‘The Barn’,” said de Jong. “I can’t wait for the season to jump off and have the gym packed with the crowd supporting us.” 

Leiden finished last season third in the Eredivisie, reaching the semifinals where they were eliminated in seven games.

“Worthy is coming home,” said Leiden President, Macrel Verburg. “The fans love him and we are excited that he will be playing for ZZ Leiden once again!”

For more information and individual box scores for Worthy throughout the season please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/worthy-de-jong.