Full Name: Rick Lewis Joseph Rickert
Height/Weight: 6-11 (2.10 m)/ 215 (97.5 kg)
Birthdate: February 11, 1983 (Duluth, Minn.)
High School: Duluth East HS (Duluth, Minn.)
NBA DRAFT 2003
Selected in the second round (55th overall) by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Career Highlights: Named First Team All-Big Ten Conference by conference coaches and Second Team by media as a sophomore after receiving Second Team honors from both coaches and media as a freshman. Became the first Big Ten Freshman of the Year in Minnesota history. Holds the record for most points by a freshman (441) and highest scoring average (14.2 ppg). Scored 20 or more points 14 times during his career.
Sophomore (2002-03): Led team in scoring (15.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.2 rpg). Was eighth in the conference in scoring and seventh in rebounding. Topped 20 points on eight occasions. Scored a season-high 26 points against UNC-Asheville, Purdue and Penn State. Shot 11-for-19 against both Purdue and Penn State. Had 22 points and 13 rebounds against Northwestern. Had 22 points and 11 rebounds against Texas Tech. Tallied 15 points and 13 rebounds at Temple in win that vaulted Minnesota into postseason NIT Final Four. Tallied 17 points in NIT Final Four loss to Georgetown. Posted season-high three blocks vs. Penn State and Georgia.
Freshman (2001-02): Led team in scoring (14.2 ppg) and averaged 5.2 rebounds. Scored 20 or more points six times. Became the first Big Ten freshmen to earn Player of the Week honors since Luke Recker of Indiana in 1998. First Minnesota player to have three straight 20-point games since former NBA player Quincy Lewis had 10 straight in 1999-00. Scored a career-high 28 points against Oregon. Tallied 27 points in 32 minutes vs. Indiana. Scored 21 points (on 9-for-12 shooting) vs. Penn State in Big Ten Tournament. Posted 17 points and 10 rebounds vs. Northwestern.
Strengths: Very agile for his size, he can score facing the basket or with a variety of shots down low.
Personal: Named Mr. Basketball in the state of Minnesota and played in the 2001 McDonald’s High School All-America Game.