Rick Apodaca

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Rick Apodaca
Personal information
Born (1980-07-01) July 1, 1980 (age 36)
North Bergen, New Jersey
Nationality Puerto Rican
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school North Bergen
(North Bergen, New Jersey)
College Hofstra (1999–2003)
NBA draft 2003 / Undrafted
Playing career 2000–present
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Career history
2000 Bayamón Cowboys
2002 Arecibo Captains
2003 Westchester Wildfire
2003 Arecibo Captains
2003–2004 Huntsville Flight
2004 Arecibo Captains
2005 San German Athletics
2005–2006 Polpak Swiecie
2006 San German Athletics
2006–2007 Scafati Basket
2007–2008 Beşiktaş Cola Turka
2008 Santurce Crabbers
2008 Yunnan
2008 Basket Club Ferrara
2013 Leones de Ponce
2014 Caciques de Humacao
2014 Indios de Mayagüez
2015–present Mets de Guaynabo

Rick Apodaca (born July 1, 1980) is a Puerto Rican former professional basketball player. Apodaca has played in the NCAA, USBL, NBDL, and the National Superior Basketball League of Puerto Rico (BSN) with the Arecibo Captains, Bayamón Cowboys, San German Athletics and Leones de Ponce.[1] He played internationally in Poland, Italy and Turkey. Apodaca was a member of the 2004 Puerto Rican National Basketball Team that defeated the United States in the 2004 Olympic Games.

Early life[edit]

Apodaca is a native of North Bergen, New Jersey,[2] where he attended North Bergen High School.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Rick Apodaca was the all-time leader in points scored in Hudson County high school basketball history, surpassing a thirty-five plus year record held by current Fox college basketball analyst Bill Raftery in 1999, and was also inducted to the Hudson County Sports Hall of Fame.

He debuted in the National Collegiate Athletic Association as a member of Hofstra's basketball team in 1999, and was an All-America East Rookie selection. He led the team in scoring during his junior year with an average of 17.7 points per game, and was an All Colonial Athletic Association second team selection. During his senior season, Apodaca was selected to the All Colonial Athletic Association first team during the tournament's preseason, but was unable to play during the first fourteen games of the 2005 season. In the 2005 off-season the Arecibo Captains traded him to the San Germán Athletics for Larry Ayuso, following his participation with Huntsville in the NBDL he joined the team and was selected to the All-Star Game for a fifth time.

Apodaca was a member of the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team starting in 2002. He participated in the World Championships in Indianapolis in 2002, and in the 2003 Pan American Games in which Puerto Rico won the bronze medal. He also played in the 2004 Summer Olympics in a game where Puerto Rico defeated the United States. During that game he suffered an injury that left him unable to compete for the rest of the tournament. Apodaca competed with Puerto Rico in the 2006 World Championships in Japan.

Apodaca was part of Polpak Swiecie for the 2005-2006 season of the Dominet Bank Ekstraliga. Following his participation with the team he was selected as the league's Most Valuable Player. During the 2006-2007, Apodaca participated with the Scafati Basket in the Serie A division in Italy. During that time, he was selected to play in the league's All-Star Game and finished fourth in scoring in the league with an average of 19.7 points per game.[5]

Apodaca played as part of the Turkish club Beşiktaş Cola Turka in that country's national championship and the ULEB Cup. HE participated with the Santurce Crabbers in the semifinals of the 2008 National Superior Basketball season. In June 2008, the national team's management announced that Apodaca did not have a guaranteed spot in the roster. After that, Apodaca notified them on June 15, 2008, that he needed time to attend some personal issues and take time off to ponder about his international future.Noel Piñeiro Planas (2008-06-16). "Deportes". Apodaca pide tiempo. Puerto Rico: El Nuevo Día. 

Career highlights[edit]

2000 BSN Rookie of the Year

2003 Pan American Games Bronze Medal

2003 Pre-Olympic Tournament Bronze Medal

2005 Polish League Most Valuable Player

2006 Italian Division I League A All-Star Game Starter

Career stats[edit]

Apodaca's NBA Development League stats in 25 games were 7 games started, 267 points with 10.7 points per game, 42 assists with 1.7 assists per game, 37 rebounds with 1.5 rebounds per game, 19 steals with a 0.7 steals per game, 5 blocks with 0.1 blocks per game, a .412 field goal percentage, a .390 three-point percentage, and an .849 free-throw percentage.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Temporada Regular 2013. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 24 July 2013. p. 13. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  2. ^ " Apodaca comes clean with troubled year — Suspension for marijuana use won't stop North Bergen native's dream of playing pro basketball". The Hudson Reporter. March 28, 2003.
  3. ^ Monaco, Lou (January 8, 2012). "Bob Hurley, Sr. & Rick Apodaca to be honored at Dan Finn Classic Saturday". NJ.com.
  4. ^ "Rick Apodaca". NBA Development League. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  5. ^ Raúl Álzaga Sánchez-Bretón (2007-05-18). "Con la mira en la NBA". Primera Hora. Archived from the original on 2007-06-18. Retrieved 2007-07-04. 

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