Maarty Leunen


Maarty Leunen

Infobox NCAA Athlete
name = Maarten Arthur (Maarty) Leunen


caption =
college = Oregon
sport = Basketball
position = Forward
jersey # = 10
class = Senior
career_start = 2004
nickname =
height_ft = 6
height_in = 9
weight_lb = 220
nationality = American
birth_date = birth date and age|1985|9|3
birth_place = Vancouver, Washington
highschool = Redmond (Oregon)
former_school(s)=
awards = 2007 All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention

Maarty Leunen (born September 3 1985 in Vancouver, Washington) is an American basketball player. A forward formerly at the University of Oregon, he was drafted with the 54th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Leunen averaged 9.9 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game for his college career.

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.

College

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.

Overseas

In the summer of 2008, Leunen signed with a Turkish basketball team associated with Efes Pilsen S.K.. The Houston Rockets retain the right to sign Leunen in the next offseason. [http://www.nba.com/rockets/news/Q_and_A_with_Daryl_Morey-283026-34.html]

Trivia

Leunen's former Oregon teammate, Aaron Brooks, also plays for the Rockets, having been drafted as the 26th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

References

External links

* [http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=4295&SPID=235&DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=76404&Q_SEASON=2006 Oregon Homepage Player Profile]
* [http://scout.scout.com/a.z?s=128&p=8&c=1&nid=447363 Scout Player Profile]
* [http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/player/profile?playerId=22484 ESPN Player Profile]
* [http://www.draftexpress.com/viewprofile.php?p=476 Draft Express Player Profile]


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