|No. 5 – Chiba Jets|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
February 11, 1983 |
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||East (Duluth, Minnesota)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55th overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2003–2004||Krka Novo Mesto|
|2007–2010||New Zealand Breakers|
|2011||Vaqueros de Bayamón|
|Career highlights and awards|
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. He was named 2001 Minnesota Mr. Basketball.
Rickert played collegiately for the University of Minnesota, where after averaging 15 points and 5 rebounds per game in 2001–02 he became the first Gopher player ever to win the Big Ten Freshmen of the Year award. 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, 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.
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. 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, 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).
In August 2013, he signed with the Wakayama Trians of the Japanese NBL.
NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE: 2007-08
- Australasian National Basketball League All Star
COLORADO 14ERS NBDL: 2006-07
- NBDL All Star, played in Las Vegas All Star Game
- NBDL All Star World Games Player/Representative
TEAM KRKA: SLOVENIA: 2003-04
- Adriatic League All Star Team
- Leading Scorer for KRKA
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA: 2002-03
- All-Big Ten First Team by coaches
- All-Big Ten Second Team by media
- All-Big Ten Academic
- Selected Playboy All American
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA: 2001-02
- 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
- Recruiting Rankings CNNSI.com
- "Rickert, Calhoun honored". Minneapolis Star-Tribune (NewsBank). April 30, 2001. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
- Rickert's college stats sportsstats.com
- Freshman of the year hoopshype.com
- ESPN.com - 2003 NBA Draft: College seniors score first-round knockout
- Garnett Punches Player in a Game
- Player statistics for Rick Rickert
- Breaker Rickert Blazes on the rebound
- Saints import Warren axed for former Breaker
- Rick Rickert joins Wakayama Trians