Rick Rickert

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Rick Rickert
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No. 5 – Chiba Jets
Position Power forward / Center
League NBL
Personal information
Born (1983-02-11) February 11, 1983 (age 32)
Duluth, Minnesota
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school East (Duluth, Minnesota)
College Minnesota (2001–2003)
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Pro career 2003–present
Career history
2003–2004 Krka Novo Mesto
2004–2005 Asheville Altitude
2005 Panellinios
2005 Lleida Bàsquet
2006 Fayetteville Patriots
2006–2007 Colorado 14ers
2007–2010 New Zealand Breakers
2010–2011 EnBW Ludwigsburg
2011 Vaqueros de Bayamón
2011–2012 Kyoto Hannaryz
2012–2013 Osaka Evessa
2013 Wellington Saints
2013–2014 Wakayama Trians
2014–present Chiba Jets
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA D-League All-Star (2007)
  • Slovenian League All-Star (2004)
  • First-team All-Big Ten (2003)
  • Second-team All-Big Ten (2002)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2002)

Rick Rickert (born February 11, 1983) is an American professional basketball player. He is a 2001 graduate of Duluth East High School where he was a basketball star and highly recruited college prospect.[1] He was named 2001 Minnesota Mr. Basketball.[2]


Rickert played collegiately for the University of Minnesota, where after averaging 15 points and 5 rebounds per game in 2001–02[3] he became the first Gopher player ever to win the Big Ten Freshmen of the Year award.[4] After averaging 16 points and 6 rebounds his sophomore season Rickert declared for the 2003 NBA Draft.

Despite his own beliefs that he would be taken in the first round,[5] Rickert was not drafted until the 55th overall selection (26th in the second round) by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rickert failed to make the team and went to play in Slovenia. Since then, Rickert has played with: Krka Novo Mesto (Adriatic League/Euroleague), Timberwolves (NBA), Asheville Altitude (D-League), Panellinios B.C. Athens (Greece), Lleida Bàsquet (Spain - 2nd Division), Fayetteville Patriots (D-League), Detroit Pistons (NBA), Colorado 14ers (D-League), the D-League All Star Team that traveled to China, representing the U.S. in the world tournament (D-League), and the New Zealand Breakers (Australasian National Basketball League).

Kevin Garnett punched Rickert during a 2004 pick-up game, leading to stitches and a chipped tooth.[6]

In 2007, Rickert signed to play with the New Zealand Breakers in the Australasian NBL. In June 2008, he re-signed with the New Zealand Breakers. In the 2008–09 season, he averaged 13.6 points and 8.1 rebounds. He played 73 game overall for the Breakers.[7] Rick played for the Harbour Heat during the 2010 New Zealand NBL season.

Rick was signed to play with the Gold Coast Blaze for 2010–11,[8] however, he did not receive clearance to play as a 'naturalized' player following Rick obtaining New Zealand citizenship (the Blaze also did not sign him as an import either) and he then moved to German basketball club EnBW Ludwigsburg.

In 2011, Rickert played for the Bayamon Vaqueros in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN).

On 6 June 2013, the Wellington Saints signed Rickert for the rest of the 2013 season.[9]

In August 2013, he signed with the Wakayama Trians of the Japanese NBL.[10]



  • Australasian National Basketball League All Star


  • NBDL All Star, played in Las Vegas All Star Game
  • NBDL All Star World Games Player/Representative


  • Adriatic League All Star Team
  • Leading Scorer for KRKA


  • All-Big Ten First Team by coaches
  • All-Big Ten Second Team by media
  • All-Big Ten Academic
  • Selected Playboy All American


  • Big Ten Freshman of the year
  • All-Big Ten Second Team by coaches
  • All-Big Ten Second Team by media

HIGH SCHOOL: 2000-01

  • McDonald’s High School All-American
  • Mr. Basketball in the state of Minnesota


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