Richard Freudenberg

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Richard Freudenberg
No. 9 – Skyliners Frankfurt
PositionSmall forward
LeagueBasketball Bundesliga
Personal information
Born (1998-08-31) August 31, 1998 (age 20)
Heidelberg, Germany
NationalityGerman
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
CollegeSt. John's (2016–2017)
NBA draft2018 / Undrafted
Playing career2015–present
Career history
2015–2016Bayern Munich
2017–presentSkyliners Frankfurt
2017–presentSkyliners Juniors

Richard Nikolaus Freudenberg (born August 31, 1998) is a German professional basketball player. Standing 6'9" (2.06 m) tall, he plays at the small forward position. He is currently signed with the Skyliners Frankfurt of the German Basketball Bundesliga.

Playing career[edit]

Early years at Bayern Munich[edit]

Freudenberg is a product of Bayern Munich, where he came through the youth ranks. Richard began to make noise on the national scene in Germany during the 2012–13 season, when he averaged 21.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.7 assists in twelve games of the JBBL, the German 16 under Bundesliga.[1]

In the 2013–14 season, he took his first steps in senior basketball, playing for Bayern Munich's development squad in the fourth-tier of German basketball (Regionalliga),[2] while continuing to be a dominant player at the youth level: He played both for Bayern's under 16 (JBBL) and under 19 (NBBL) squad that season, averaging 20.9 points and 10.3 rebounds in JBBL play, while producing 10.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in the NBBL.[3]

In 2014–15, Freudenberg was instrumental in leading Bayern's under 19 team to the German NBBL title.[4] He turned in averages of 14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds in 17 games that season, while earning NBBL Final Four MVP honors.[5] He also continued to hone his skills going up against grown men with the club's development team in Germany's fourth division, helping the Bayern squad to a third-place finish in the Regionalliga South-East, scoring 7.7 points a game in 17 contests.[6]

He earned a spot on the roster of Bayern's men's team for the 2015–16 campaign, making his debut in Germany's top-flight Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) on October 2, 2015 against Oldenburg.[7] While practicing with Bayern's Bundesliga team, Freudenberg primarily kept playing for the club's men's development team and the under 19 squad.

In February 2016, he attended the "Basketball Without Borders Global Camp" in Toronto, Canada.[8]

College basketball[edit]

In February 2016, it was announced that Freudenberg has verbally committed to St. John's University.[9] He had also considered Vanderbilt, Texas, Gonzaga and Boston College.[10] He averaged 1.3 points as well as 1.3 rebounds a contest (26 games) as a freshman and decided to leave college after one year to turn pro.[11]

Professional basketball[edit]

Shortly after leaving college, Freudenberg signed with German Basketball Bundesliga side Skyliners Frankfurt.[12]

International career[edit]

In 2013, he was selected to play for the German under 16 national team,[13] and attended the under 16 European Championships in Ukraine that year, averaging 6.4 points a game (9 contests).[14]

He also represented Germany at the 2015 under 18 European Championships in Greece, seeing action in nine contests, while tallying 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per outing.[15]

Freudenberg won gold at the 2016 Albert-Schweitzer-Tournament with the German under 18 national team and was also named to the All-Tournament Team.[16] He averaged 5.4 points a contest at the 2017 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup.[17] In July 2018, he won bronze at the Under-20 European Championship.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Teams der JBBL Südost". NBBL und JBBL (in German). Archived from the original on 2015-11-12. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  2. ^ "BBL GmbH". www.basketball-bund.net. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  3. ^ "Teams der NBBL Südost". NBBL und JBBL (in German). Archived from the original on 2016-07-14. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  4. ^ "NBBL: FC Bayern ist Deutscher Meister". NBBL und JBBL (in German). Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  5. ^ "Awards der Nachwuchs Basketball Bundesliga - NBBL". NBBL und JBBL (in German). Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  6. ^ "BBL GmbH". www.basketball-bund.net. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  7. ^ "Beko BBL - 22966 Richard FREUDENBERG". www.beko-bbl.de. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  8. ^ "Canadian youngsters shine bright around NBA All Star spotlight in Toronto". FIBA.com. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  9. ^ "Richard Freudenberg commits to St. John's". Scout.com. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  10. ^ Rose, Norman. "Richard Freudenberg wants to be a true student-athlete, & more - from Rumble's interview". Rumble In The Garden. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  11. ^ "Freudenberg Leaving St. Johns To Pursue Professional Basketball Career". Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  12. ^ "FRAPORT SKYLINERS verpflichten Richard Freudenberg für drei Jahre | FRAPORT SKYLINERS". www.fraport-skyliners.de. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  13. ^ Beckmann, Axel. "Sunniva Ferri im DBB-U16-Kader". Basketballverband Rheinland-Pfalz e.V. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  14. ^ "Richard Freudenberg | U16 European Championship Men (2013) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  15. ^ "Richard Freudenberg | U18 Europe Championship Men - Division A". u18men.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  16. ^ "AST 2016: Deutschland erstmals Turniersieger! «  Deutscher Basketball Bund". www.basketball-bund.de. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  17. ^ "Allemagne at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017 - FIBA.basketball". FIBA.basketball (in French). Retrieved 2017-07-09.
  18. ^ "U20-EM: WAHNSINN!!! DBB-Team holt Bronze «  Deutscher Basketball Bund". www.basketball-bund.de. Retrieved 2018-07-23.