Rico Maierhofer

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This name uses Philippine naming customs. The middle name or maternal family name is Galenzoga and the surname or paternal family name is Maierhofer.
Rico Maierhofer
Rico Maierhofer.jpg
Maierhofer shooting a basketball during warm-ups with the B-Meg Llamados
No. 1 – GlobalPort Batang Pier
Position Power forward
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1985-11-04) November 4, 1985 (age 30)
Pasay, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Puerto Galera Academy
College De La Salle University
PBA draft 2009 Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2011 Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants / B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados / B-Meg Llamados
2011–2013 Barangay Ginebra Kings
2013–2014 Barako Bull Energy Cola
2014–2015 San Miguel Beermen
2015 Barako Bull Energy
2015–present GlobalPort Batang Pier
Career highlights and awards

Paul Rico Galenzoga Maierhofer (born November 4, 1985) is a Filipino-Austrian professional basketball player who plays for GlobalPort Batang Pier in the Philippine Basketball Association. He was drafted 2nd overall by the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants in 2009.

PBA career[edit]

Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants / B-Meg Llamados[edit]

As a rookie with the Giants, he made an immediate impact on the team as an athletic and rebounding combo forward. He was one of the key players that helped former teammate James Yap and the others beat the Alaska Aces in the finals of the 2009–10 PBA Philippine Cup. After winning the Rookie of the Year award in 2010, Maierhofer looked poised for a breakout year. With B-Meg Llamados' (Purefood's Tender Juicy Giant's new name) frontline depleted because of injuries to Marc Pingris, Kerby Raymundo, and Rafi Reavis, Maierhofer got a lot of playing time in 2010–11 PBA Philippine Cup, and he responded by averaging, for the tournament, 9.6 rebounds (5th in the league) and 1.2 blocks (4th) — leading the team in both categories.[1]

But tragedy struck in the Commissioner’s Cup on that same season, when he suffered a torn ACL injury. He has struggled in his return in the 2011-12 PBA season, averaging just 2.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in only 11 minutes per game. This prompted B-Meg to trade him.

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel[edit]

He was traded to Ginebra via a three-team trade which involved Yancy de Ocampo (along with a 2012 2nd round draft pick) going to B-Meg, Allein Maliksi going to Ginebra, and Jimbo Aquino (along with 2013 1st round pick) going to Barako Bull.[2] Since joining Ginebra, he admittedly struggled to get playing time in a roster filled with big men like Kerby Raymundo, veterans Rudy Hatfield and Willy Wilson, and now the 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar.[3] He's also been involved in several trade rumors. During the 2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup alone, he just logged in an average of 6.36 minutes, contributing 2 points and 2.14 rebounds – numbers that are way behind his season average of 22.43 minutes when he was still with B-Meg in 2010.

Barako Bull Energy Cola[edit]

Eventually, he was again traded to Barako Bull along with Wilson in a draft-day trade for the No. 4 pick which Barangay Ginebra used to pick James Forrester.[4] While playing for Energy Cola, he was a part of the formidable veteran crew which gave Petron Blaze Boosters a run for their own money during their 2013–14 PBA Philippine Cup best-of-3 quarterfinal matchup, yet they were swept in that series.

San Miguel Beermen[edit]

On February 18, 2014, Maierhofer was traded to San Miguel via a complex four-team trade which also involved GlobalPort, Barako Bull, and Air21. The series of trades started with San Miguel, formerly Petron, acquiring Maierhofer from Barako Bull in exchange for Jason Deutchman and the Beermen's second-round picks in 2016 and 2017. San Miguel then added Sol Mercado to its pool of stars in a straight swap with GlobalPort for guard Alex Cabagnot. In the third step, Barako Bull acquired veteran wingman Leo Najorda from GlobalPort in exchange for guard Jonas Villanueva, who was traded by the Batang Pier to Air21 for Bonbon Custodio.[5]

Return to Barako Bull[edit]

On April 6, 2015 Rico Maierhofer traded back to Barako Bull Energy for Billy Mamaril in a part of four team six players trade. On May 27, 2015, he became famous throughout the whole world after using his shoe to block a shot by Gabby Espinas against his former team, the San Miguel Beermen.[6] Two days later, he was fined 20,000 for “using a foreign object as an aid in performing an offensive or defensive move.” Maierhofer then publicly apologized for his conduct, saying it was unprofessional and should have not been done.[7]

GlobalPort Batang Pier[edit]

On October 13, 2015, Maierhofer was traded by the Barako Bull Energy to the GlobalPort Batang Pier in exchange for Jervy Cruz.

PBA Career Statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played  MPG  Minutes per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage
 3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Correct as of September 1, 2015[8]

Season-by-season averages[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Purefoods / B-Meg Derby Ace 62 17.9 .516 .200 .684 4.9 .9 .3 .7 6.2
2010–11 B-Meg Derby Ace 23 22.4 .406 .286 .560 9.0 1.3 .5 1.1 7.0
2011–12 B-Meg / Barangay Ginebra 22 11.7 .531 .000 .484 3.8 .6 .3 .6 3.1
2012–13 Barangay Ginebra 40 14.3 .526 .143 .500 5.2 .9 .3 .3 4.0
2013–14 Barako Bull / San Miguel 29 11.6 .494 .200 .614 3.4 .8 .1 .3 3.9
2014–15 San Miguel / Barako 24 10.1 .525 .000 .600 3.0 .4 .2 .3 2.6
Career 200 15.2 .496 .204 .600 4.9 .8 .3 .5 4.7

Personal life[edit]

He was born to an Austrian father and a Filipina mother Elenita.

He is married to Jeck Maierhofer (née Conwi),[9] and has a son named Calel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tordecilla, Jaemark (November 16, 2011). "Buried in B-MEG’s bench, Maierhofer expected to blossom at Ginebra". InterAksyon.com. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ Flores, Celest R. (November 16, 2011). "PBA Commissioner Salud approves Ginebra-BMeg-Barako Bull trade". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ Badua, Snow (July 4, 2013). "Maierhofer is ready to accept trade fate, but wants title with Ginebra". Spin.ph. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ Badua, Snow (November 12, 2013). "Former top rookie Maierhofer excited to re-start stalled career at Barako Bull". Spin.ph. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ Dy, Richard (February 18, 2014). "Maierhofer, Mercado boost San Miguel as PBA approves four-team, seven-player deal". Spin.ph. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ Newport, Kyle (May 27, 2015). "Basketball Player Loses Shoe, Uses It to Attempt Block During Game". Bleacher Report. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ "PBA: Rico Maierhofer fined P20k for 'shoe block' incident". May 29, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ Player Profile at PBA-Online!
  9. ^ Jeck Maierhofer on Twitter