Nielsen with Valencia BC
3 February 1978 |
Penrith, New South Wales
|Listed height||208 cm (6 ft 10 in)|
|Listed weight||106 kg (234 lb)|
|High school||St Marys
(St Marys, New South Wales)
|NBA draft||2000 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
He attended the Australian Institute of Sport in 1989. In his professional career, Nielsen played with the Sydney Kings, PAOK, Lietuvos Rytas, and Valencia. He was named the Eurocup Finals MVP in 2010. In July 2010, Nielsen signed a two-year contract with Olympiacos Piraeus. In August 2011, he signed a two-year contract with BC Khimki in Russia. He left in June 2013, after his contract expired. He retired following the 2012–13 season.
On 10 October 2013, Nielsen was named in the Sydney Kings 25th Anniversary Team.
Euroleague career statistics
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Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.
Australian national team
Nielsen won the gold medal at the 1997 FIBA Under-21 World Championship with Australia's junior national team. He has also been a member of the senior men's Australian national basketball team. With Australia's senior national team, he won gold medals at the 2001 Goodwill Games, the 2003 FIBA Oceanian Championship, and the 2005 FIBA Oceanian Championship.
During the Boomers 2012 Olympic campaign, Australian Football League player Scott Pendlebury noted Matt Nielsen's athletic ability and mentioned that he could have had a career in AFL had he not chosen to play basketball.
- The Knightmare a defensive dream for Perth
- Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. ISBN 174013060X.
- "Matt Nielsen, MVP". Euroleague.net. 18 April 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
- Gazetta.gr Κόκκινος ο Ματ Νίλσεν.[dead link]
- "BC Khimki lands Nielsen". Euroleague.net. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
- Damo's Dish: The Black Tape
- MightyMite Sydney Kings announce 25th Anniversary Team
- "Scott Pendlebury says Matt Nielsen would “be awesome in the AFL”". Aussiehoopla.com. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
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