|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
July 17, 1988 |
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Florida Air Academy
|College||Arizona State (2007–2011)|
|NBA draft||2011 / Undrafted|
|2012–2013||Lagun Aro GBC|
|2015||BC Nizhny Novgorod|
|2015||BCM U Pitești|
|Career highlights and awards|
Rihards Kuksiks (born July 17, 1988) is a Latvian professional basketball player who last played for BK Ventspils of the Latvian Basketball League. He also plays for the Latvia national basketball team.
His freshman year Rihards appeared in 27 games, averaging 5.4 points and 1.8 rebounds. He had double digits in six of final 12 games, including 15 in win at Washington and 12 in big home win vs USC. Rihards hit 21 three-pointers in final nine games against Pac-10 teams. Also, Kuksiks had 15 points on 6-of-12 field goals and had three three-pointers in win over seventh-ranked Stanford on Feb. 14.
In his sophomore year Kuksiks established himself as a solid third option behind NBA draft picks James Harden and Jeff Pendergraph by averaging 10.3 points in 33.1 minutes per game. That year ASU played in the NCAA Tournament.
After Harden and Pendergraph leaving for NBA, Rihards role got bigger and he finished season leading team in scoring with 12.1 ppg. In his junior year Kuksiks had six 20-point games.
In his senior season Kuksiks averaged 10.4 points. Rihards finished his career in Arizona State with 280 career three-pointers made and he became the 34th member of ASU's 1,000-point, as he finished with 1,175 points.
After graduating from Arizona State, Kuksiks returned to Europe, signing his pro contract with Valencia Basket, one of the top teams in Spanish ACB League which is widely regarded as the best national league in Europe.
On January 16, 2015, he signed with Avtodor Saratov. On February 18, 2015, he left Avtodor and signed with BC Nizhny Novgorod, where he made the Euroleague debut. Nizhny Novgorod ended the competition in the VTB United League after being eliminated by CSKA Moscow with 3–0 in the semifinal series. On June 18, 2015, he parted ways with Nizhny.
Latvian national team
Kuksiks has been member of the Latvian U16, U18 and U20 National Team as well as Senior National Team.
In 2010, he was leading scorer for Senior Team, averaging 13.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in eight games. In his best game against Israel on August 8 he made seven three pointers which is all-time Latvian national team record in official games. Previous record was six three pointers made in one game by three players (Sandis Valters, Uvis Helmanis and Ainars Bagatskis).
- Valencia Basket brings in Kuksiks
- Kuksiks pievienojies Spānijas augstākās līgas klubam 'Lagun Aro'
- Bagatskis, Kuksiks un Ernšteins kļūst par Ukrainas čempioniem
- Rihards Kuksiks signs a three-year deal with VEF Riga
- Rihards Kuksiks signs an open contract with BK Jekabpils
- Рихардс Куксикс перешел в «Автодор»
- Nizhny Novgorod lands Kuksiks
- Rihards Kuksiks and Nizhny Novgorod part ways
- Rihards Kuksiks signs with BCM U Pitesti
- Pallacanestro Varese announces Rihards Kuksiks
- Rihards Kuksiks signs with BK Ventspils