Budinger with the Arizona Wildcats
|No. 10 – Minnesota Timberwolves|
May 22, 1988 |
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||209 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||La Costa Canyon
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Chase Andrew Budinger (born May 22, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Budinger was the 44th pick in 2009 NBA draft with the Detroit Pistons and was then dealt on draft night to the Houston Rockets.
High school career
Budinger was a standout basketball and volleyball player at La Costa Canyon High School; his teammates on the basketball team included future NFL quarterback Kevin O'Connell. He won the CIF San Diego Section in 2006.
Budinger was a McDonald's All-American and was the runner up in the 2006 McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Contest.
Budinger chose to sign with Arizona, although he also received offers from many other schools, including USC and UCLA. He averaged 15.6 points in his freshman season, starting all 30 games for the Wildcats. At the conclusion of the season he announced that he planned to stay with Arizona for his sophomore season, despite speculation that he could be picked early in the NBA draft. However, he later announced that he would declare for the NBA Draft and not hire an agent. He was projected as a mid-first round draft pick by most NBA draft analysts. However, on the final day of the deadline for pulling out of the early entry list, Budinger opted not to remain in the draft and returned to school instead.
In 2009, he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons, and then traded to the Houston Rockets on draft night. He joined the Rockets' Summer League team, and averaged 17.8 PPG. In the 2009 season opener for the Rockets, Budinger came off the bench and logged 15 minutes of play time while scoring 6 points and collecting 1 rebound. On March 30, 2010, Budinger scored 24 points in a 98–94 home win against the Washington Wizards. Three days later he matched this total in a 119–114 road win at the Boston Celtics. On February 23, 2011, Budinger scored a new career-high 30 points in a 124–119 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the Rockets' season finale against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Budinger scored a new career-high 35 points on 12/21 shooting, including 4/8 from 3-point range.
Budinger's parents are Duncan and Māra Budinger. His mother's father, Andrejs Eglītis, was Latvian, and moved to the United States during the Second World War. Andrejs was proud of his descent and wrote a book about it called A Man From Latvia. Budinger's older sister, Brittanie, played volleyball at the University of San Francisco and as a professional in Europe. His older brother, Duncan, also played volleyball and toured professionally.
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- Co-MVP of the 2006 McDonald's High School All-American Game (with Kevin Durant)
- 2006 First-team Parade All-American
- Named the Most Valuable Player of the Nike Junior World Championships in Douai, France
- Named the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 US Junior Olympic Volleyball Tournament in the 18 and under division.
- 2006 California Mr. Basketball
- 2006 McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Contest Runner-Up
- Named the 2007 Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year
- Smith, Sekou. – "Pro Basketball NBA Insider: Early Gamble on the Lottery". – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. – November 2, 2008.
- Chase Budinger Recruiting Profile
- Budinger returning to Arizona
- Arizona's Chase Budinger returning to school
- Ford, Chad (2009-04-07). "Who's in, who's out of 2009 draft?". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
- "Bylaws 126.96.36.199.1, 188.8.131.52.2" (PDF). 2007–08 NCAA Division I Manual. NCAA. p. 68. Retrieved 2009-04-07.[dead link]
- Chase Budinger, sports-reference.com, accessed 20 March 2010.
- Rockets’ Chase Budinger set to join Lokomotiv-Kuban
- "Wolves Acquire Chase Budinger From Houston". NBA.com. June 26, 2012. Retrieved on June 26, 2012.
- Budinger's family keeps him grounded
- A Man From Latvia – Amazon.com
- USF Volleyball Legend Brittanie Budinger Completes Overseas Professional Tour
- Chase Budinger returns to volleyball
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- Arizona bio
- ESPN.com profile
- NBADraft.net profile
- Yahoo.com profile
- DraftExpress.com profile