Maarty Leunen

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Maarty Leunen
No. 10 – Sidigas Avellino
Position Power forward
League Serie A
Personal information
Born (1985-09-03) September 3, 1985 (age 30)
Vancouver, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Redmond (Redmond, Oregon)
College Oregon (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Darüşşafaka
2009–2014 Mapooro Cantù
2014–2015 ratiopharm Ulm
2015–present Sidigas Avellino
Career highlights and awards

Maarten Arthur "Maarty" Leunen (born September 3, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Sidigas Avellino of the Italian Serie A. A power forward formerly at the University of Oregon, he averaged 9.9 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game in his college career.[1]

High school[edit]

Prior to arriving at the University of Oregon, Leunen starred at Redmond High School in Redmond, Oregon. Leunen led Redmond to the state championship in 2003, where they beat Hillsboro High School 50-47 at Portland's Memorial Coliseum. In 2004 he led Redmond to the state championship game but the team fell short, losing to South Salem High School 54-43 at Eugene's McArthur Court. Leunen was named Gatorade state player of the year in 2004. Rated as the 14th best power forward prospect by Rivals.com, Leunen chose the University of Oregon over offers from UCLA and Gonzaga University as well as many others.

College career[edit]

After solid contributions as a true freshman and sophomore for the Ducks, Leunen became one of the most important pieces to Oregon's 2006–2007 campaign. In the Ducks' four-guard offense, Leunen often found himself matched up against bigger, taller opponents. His post defense, rebounding and offensive versatility (namely his ability to shoot the three and run the floor) created problems for opponents all season long. Leunen's junior season performance garnered him All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention status.

Professional career[edit]

Europe[edit]

After being drafted by the Houston Rockets, Leunen signed with the Turkish League team Darüşşafaka, which is associated with the big Turkish club Efes Pilsen in the summer of 2008.[2] In July 2009, he joined the Italian League club Pallacanestro Cantù.[3] In July 2014, he signed a one-year deal with the German club ratiopharm Ulm.[4]

On September 11, 2015, Leunen signed with Sidigas Avellino of the Italian Serie A.[5]

NBA[edit]

Leunen was drafted with the 54th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets but didn't sign with them.[6] A year later, he was invited to play for the Rockets' summer squad in the 2009 Las Vegas Summer League.[7]

On January 22, 2016, Leunen's draft rights were traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Josh Smith, the draft rights to Serhiy Lishchuk and cash considerations.[8]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

  • All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention 2007

Personal life[edit]

Leunen is married to Caitlin O'Neill, and they have three sons. Leunen holds a youth basketball camp in his old hometown of Redmond, Oregon annually.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prospect Profile". NBA.com. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Q&A With Daryl Morey". NBA.com. September 23, 2008. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Cantù inks Leunen". Sportando.com. July 14, 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Ratiopharm Ulm lands Maarten Leunen". Sportando.com. July 22, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Sidigas Avellino announces Maarten Leunen". Sportando.com. September 11, 2015. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Rockets select Donte Greene, Joey Dorsey, and Maarty Leunen in NBA Draft". NBA.com. June 30, 2008. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ "2009 Rockets Summer League Team". NBA.com. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ "L.A. CLIPPERS TRADE JOSH SMITH TO HOUSTON ROCKETS". NBA.com. January 22, 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2016. 

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