Former Tiger Rickey Paulding Named Finals MVP In Germany

MUTIGERS.COM Rickey Paulding was named finals MVP in Germany.
Rickey Paulding was named finals MVP in Germany.

June 29, 2009

Columbia, Mo. - Former Mizzou Basketball standout Rickey Paulding was named Finals MVP of the German BBL (Bundesliga Basketball League) after leading his EWE Baskets to the league crown.

A first team All-BBL selection this season, Paulding led the Baskets to a 3-2 series win over Telekom Baskets Bonn in the finals, including a thrilling 71-70 decision in the fifth and deciding contest.

Paulding was outstanding throughout the finals series, averaging a team-leading 19.2 points on 50.9 percent shooting from the floor and 53.6 percent from three-point range.

In that deciding fifth game Paulding recorded a team high 20 points on 5-of-12 shooting and 8-of-10 shooting from the foul line. His best game of the finals was 27-point effort in a road contest on June 21, an 81-78 loss.

Paulding was one of the German league's top players throughout the season as well. The Detroit, Mich., native averaged 14.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 50.9 percent from the floor and 45.0 percent from bonus distance. His scoring numbers ranked fifth in the league, while his 1.5 steals per game ranked fifth and his 72 total three-point field goals was third.

Paulding and his EWE club (located in Oldenburg, Germany) opened the 2009 Playoffs against former Tiger Jimmy McKinney and the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Paulding's team earned a 3-1 series win in that opening round.

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