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Prospect Profile:
Rickey Paulding
Selected with No. 54 overall pick by Detroit Pistons

Full Name: Rickey Paulding Jr.
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-5 (1.96 m) / 218 (99.0 kg)
Birthdate: October 23, 1982 (Highland Park, Mich.)
High School: Renaissance HS (Detroit)
College: Missouri
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Missouri
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2000-01 33 8 90 214 .421 38 56 .679 12 56 .214 79 30 15 7 230 7.00
2001-02 35 23 147 288 .510 73 100 .730 50 113 .442 135 54 35 18 417 11.9
2002-03 33 33 199 442 .450 100 125 .800 75 193 .389 183 71 24 13 573 17.4
2003-04 30 30 144 363 .397 111 141 .787 54 158 .342 129 84 31 12 453 15.1
Totals 131 94 560 1307 .428 322 422 .763 191 512 .373 526 239 105 50 1673 12.8

Career Highlights: Finished ninth on Missouri’s career scoring chart with 1,673 points. Holds the school record for points scored in the NCAA Tournament with 145. Along with classmates Arthur Johnson, Travon Bryant and Josh Kroenke, played in the most NCAA Tournament games in school history (8). Ranks fifth all-time in three-pointers made (189). Named to the All-Big 12 Second Team (AP) as a junior and senior.

Senior (2003-04): Scored in double figures in 22 of 30 games, topping the 20-point mark on seven occasions. Scored a season-high 31 points against Oklahoma State. Had 25 points against 2003 National Champion Syracuse. Named to the All-Big 12 Second Team by the league’s coaches. Had 23 points, five assists and four steals against Gonzaga.

Junior (2002-03): Led Mizzou in scoring (17.4 ppg). Averaged 27.5 points in two NCAA Tournament games, including 36 points against eventual Final Four participant Marquette. Connected on nine three-pointers in that game, a school record. Named Third Team All-Big 12 by the league’s coaches. Named to the NABC Second Team All-District 12. Scored 21 points against Kansas.

Sophomore (2001-02): Averaged 18.3 points in the NCAA Tournament and was named to the All-West region team. Scored 22 points against Oklahoma in the West Regional Final. Had 20 points and nine rebounds in the second round against Ohio State. Ranked sixth in the Big 12 in three-point percentage (44.2%). Began season as a sixth man, but was moved into the starting lineup in January. Named to the Big 12 All-Underrated Team.

Freshman (2000-01): Started eight games in place of an injured Kareem Rush (L.A. Lakers) and averaged 10.1 points. Scored 10 points in an NCAA Tournament first round game against Georgia.

Strengths: A superb athlete who moves well without the ball and shoots well coming off screens. Has the ability to be an excellent defender.

Personal: Son of Rickey Paulding Sr. and Virginia Renee Robinson. Father is a sales trainer for MCI; mother is a social worker. Lists hobbies as listening to music, watching television and playing video games.

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