Josh Heytvelt

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Josh Heytvelt
Josh Heytfelt Gonzaga.jpg
No. 42 – Hitachi SunRockers
Position Power forward
League Japanese NBL
Personal information
Born (1986-06-26) June 26, 1986 (age 29)
Clarkston, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school Clarkston (Clarkston, Washington)
College Gonzaga (2005–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Undrafted
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2010 Oyak Renault
2010–2011 Lottomatica Roma
2011–2012 KK Zagreb
2012–2013 Tofaş
2013–2014 Yeşilgiresun Belediye
2014–present Hitachi SunRockers
Career highlights and awards

Joshua Rolin "Josh" Heytvelt (/ˈhtfɛlt/;[1] born June 26, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Hitachi SunRockers of the Japanese National Basketball League.

College[edit]

The 6-foot 11 inch (2.11 m) forward came to the Gonzaga Bulldogs in 2004 after a high school career in Clarkston, Washington that saw him named the state's Class 3A Player of the Year for three consecutive years. He sat out the 2004-05 season as a redshirt. Coach Mark Few and the Bulldogs counted on Heytvelt to be a major contributor in his freshman season of eligibility in 2005-06[2] as part of the supporting cast behind superstar Adam Morrison, but he missed most of the season due to a broken ankle suffered in the Maui Invitational.

In the 2006-07 season, he emerged as a potential star, becoming the team's second-leading scorer with 15.5 per game (behind Derek Raivio), top rebounder (7.7 per game), and leading shot-blocker (1.7 per game).[3] The best game of his career came on February 26, 2009 against Santa Clara, when he scored 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. However, in what was effectively his freshman year as a player, there were several games in which he made only sporadic impact.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Following his senior season with Gonzaga in 2008-09, he declared for the 2009 NBA Draft, where he went undrafted. In 2009 Heytvelt played for the Washington Wizards in the NBA Summer League.[4] For his first pro season, he went to Turkey to play for Oyak Renault.

In May 2010, he signed with Lottomatica Roma until the end of the 2009–10 season and then was re-signed for another season,[5] but left the team in January 2011.[6] On January 13, 2011 he signed with KK Zagreb in Croatia until the end of the season.[7] He later re-signed with Zagreb for one more season.

On June 28, 2012, Heytvelt returned to Turkey after signing a contract with Tofaş for the 2012–13 season.[8] For the 2013–14 season, he signed with Yeşilgiresun Belediye of the Turkish Basketball Second League.

On August 2, 2014, Heytvelt signed with Hitachi SunRockers of the Japanese National Basketball League.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2007 Gonzaga Basketball Summer Prospectus: 2008 Bulldogs Roster". Gonzaga University Athletics. Retrieved August 1, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Drug bust shakes Gonzaga and Spokane". Associated Press. February 15, 2007. 
  3. ^ "2007 Gonzaga University Men's Basketball Statistics" (PDF). Gonzaga University. Retrieved March 5, 2007. 
  4. ^ Steinberg, Dan (July 15, 2009). "Undrafted Josh Heytvelt Seeks Fresh Start With Wizards' Summer League Team". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Roma re-signs Heytvelt, releases Hutson". Euroleague.net. August 16, 2010. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Virtus Roma and Josh Heytvelt part ways". Sportando.com. January 11, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Josh Heytvelt inks with KK Zagreb". Sportando.com. January 13, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Josh Heytvelt moves to Tofas Bursa". Sportando.com. June 28, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Joshua Heytvelt (ex Yesilgiresun) signs at Hitachi Sunrockers". Eurobasket.com. August 2, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 

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