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Maarty Leunen
Maarty Leunen
No. 10 - Pallacanestro Cantù
PositionPower forward
LeagueLBA
Personal information
Born (1985-09-03) September 3, 1985 (age 35)
Vancouver, Washington
NationalityAmerican
Listed height2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
Listed weight108 kg (238 lb)
Career information
High schoolRedmond (Redmond, Oregon)
CollegeOregon (2004-2008)
NBA draft2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career2008-present
Career history
2008-2009Darüafaka
2009-2014Mapooro Cantù
2014-2015ratiopharm Ulm
2015-2018Sidigas Avellino
2018-2020Fortitudo Bologna
2020-presentCantù
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Maarten Arthur "Maarty" Leunen (born September 3, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for Pallacanestro Cantù of the Lega Basket Serie A (LBA). A power forward formerly at the University of Oregon, he averaged 9.9 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game in his college career.[1]

High school

Prior to arriving at the University of Oregon, Leunen starred at Redmond High School in Redmond, Oregon. Leunen led Redmond to the state championship in 2003, where they beat Hillsboro High School 50-47 at Portland's Memorial Coliseum. In 2004, he led Redmond to the state championship game but the team fell short, losing to South Salem High School 54-43 at Eugene's McArthur Court. Leunen was named Gatorade state player of the year in 2004. Rated as the 14th best power forward prospect by Rivals.com, Leunen chose the University of Oregon over offers from UCLA and Gonzaga University as well as many others.

College career

After solid contributions as a true freshman and sophomore for the Ducks, Leunen became one of the most important pieces to Oregon's 2006-2007 campaign. In the Ducks' four-guard offense, Leunen often found himself matched up against bigger, taller opponents. His post defense, rebounding and offensive versatility (namely his ability to shoot the three and run the floor) created problems for opponents all season long. Leunen's junior season performance garnered him All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention status.

Professional career

Europe

After being drafted by the Houston Rockets, Leunen signed with the Turkish League team Darüafaka, which is associated with the big Turkish club Efes Pilsen in the summer of 2008.[2] In July 2009, he joined the Italian League club Pallacanestro Cantù.[3] In July 2014, he signed a one-year deal with the German club ratiopharm Ulm.[4]

On September 11, 2015, Leunen signed with Sidigas Avellino of the Italian Serie A.[5]

Leunen signed with Fortitudo Bologna in 2018. On July 15, 2020, he has signed with Pallacanestro Cantù of the Lega Basket Serie A (LBA).[6]

NBA

Leunen was drafted with the 54th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets but didn't sign with them.[7] A year later, he was invited to play for the Rockets' summer squad in the 2009 Las Vegas Summer League.[8]

On January 22, 2016, Leunen's draft rights were traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Josh Smith, the draft rights to Serhiy Lishchuk and cash considerations.[9]

On July 23, 2018, Leunen's draft rights were traded to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Johnathan Motley and the draft rights to Renaldas Seibutis.[10]

On August 1, 2018, Leunen's draft rights were traded back to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chinanu Onuaku with the 2020 second-round pick and cash considerations.[11]

On February 7, 2019, Leunen's draft rights, along with Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV, were traded to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for cash considerations.[12]

Awards and accomplishments

  • All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention 2007

Personal life

Leunen is married to Caitlin O'Neill, and they have three sons. Leunen holds a youth basketball camp in his old hometown of Redmond, Oregon annually.

References

  1. ^ "Prospect Profile". NBA.com. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Q&A With Daryl Morey". NBA.com. September 23, 2008. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Cantù inks Leunen". Sportando.com. July 14, 2009. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "Ratiopharm Ulm lands Maarten Leunen". Sportando.com. July 22, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Sidigas Avellino announces Maarten Leunen". Sportando.com. September 11, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Cantu lands Maarten Leunen". Sportando. July 15, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "Rockets select Donte Greene, Joey Dorsey, and Maarty Leunen in NBA Draft". NBA.com. June 30, 2008. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "2009 Rockets Summer League Team". NBA.com. Archived from the original on January 15, 2016. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "L.A. CLIPPERS TRADE JOSH SMITH TO HOUSTON ROCKETS". NBA.com. January 22, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "In two transactions, Mavs acquire two players, trade Johnathan Motley to the Clippers". NBA.com. July 23, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Mavericks Get Center Chinanu Onuaku in Trade With Rockets". nbcdfw.com. August 1, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Pacers Complete Trade with Houston Rockets". NBA.com. February 7, 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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