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Nick Fazekas
Fazekas in Akron CIMG9120.JPG
Position Forward/center
Height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Team Free agent
Born June 17, 1985 (1985-06-17) (age 24)
Arvada, Colorado
Nationality American
High school Ralston Valley (Arvada)
College Nevada
Draft 2nd round, 34th overall, 2007
Dallas Mavericks
Pro career 2007–present
Former teams Dallas Mavericks (2007–2008)
Los Angeles Clippers (2008)
Base Oostende (2008–2009)
ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (2009)

Nick Fazekas (born June 17, 1985 in Arvada, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. He currently plays for JDA Dijon in the French Pro A league.

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Early career

Fazekas attended Ralston Valley High School in Arvada, Colorado where he earned the statewide "Mr. Basketball-Colorado" for the 2002-03 season along with being a two-time 4A classification player of the year. As a senior he led the Mustangs to a 25-2 record and a state championship after an undefeated regular season and semi-finals appearance the previous year. During his high school career he wore number 22 and he continued to do so in college.

College career

Fazekas was signed by the University of Nevada for the 2003-04 season. From that point forward, Fazekas led the Wolf Pack to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances during his matriculation, including a run to the Sweet 16 as a freshman. He became the school's all-time leading scorer on November 18, 2006, when he surpassed the old record of 1,877 points scored by Edgar Jones in 1979. He also surpassed the single-season scoring record formerly set by Jones during the 2005-06 season. Fazekas also earned his third straight WAC Player of the Year for the 2006-07 season, a feat only matched by Utah's Keith Van Horn, whom Nick was ironically waived for to make space on the trade that brought point guard Jason Kidd to the Mavericks.

NBA career

Fazekas was an early entrant into the 2006 NBA Draft, however he did not hire an agent, allowing him to eventually remove himself from consideration in order to play one more year of college basketball. The next year, he was taken with the 34th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks.

Fazekas was part of the Mavericks Summer League Team. He averaged 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds while playing an average of 17 minutes a game. On July 26, the Mavericks signed Fazekas to a one year contract. As part of the team's club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Fazekas was released by the Mavericks on February 19, 2008, to make room on the roster for Keith Van Horn, whose signing-and-trading was crucial to facilitate Dallas's trade for veteran point guard Jason Kidd from the New Jersey Nets.On February 27, 2008 he signed with the Clippers.[1] However, on August 1, 2008, the Clippers withdrew their qualifying offer to Fazekas, leaving him as an unrestricted free agent. He was signed by the Denver Nuggets for training camp, but waived again on October 23, 2008.

He played for the Boston Celtics 2009 Summer League team, leading the squad in scoring.

European career

After being waived by the Nuggets, Fazekas failed to find another home in NBA and decided to go overseas. On October 28, 2008, he signed with the Belgian team Base Oostende for the 2008-09 season.[2] In January of 2009, he left Base Oostende and joined the French Pro A club ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne[3] After a stint with the Celtics summer league team, Fazekas signed with JDA Dijon, returning to the French Pro A for the 2009 season.

Personal

Fazekas's grandfather, Albert Fazekas, was a freedom fighter in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution who escaped from a Soviet-operated Hungarian prison after setting himself on fire to create a diversion. He soon emigrated with his wife and child to the United States. They would have two more children, one of them Nick's father Joe, after arriving in America.[4] Joe, who is 6'10" (2.08 m) himself, briefly played professional basketball in Argentina after playing college ball at Wyoming and Idaho State.[4]

Awards

  • Two-time 4A Player of the Year (2001-02, 2002-03)
  • Mr. Basketball-Colorado (2002-03)
  • Three-time WAC Player of the Year (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07)
  • Wooden Award Finalist (2005-06, 2006-07)
  • Third AP Team All-American (2005-06)
  • Second AP Team All-American (2006-07)
  • First team ESPN All-American (2006-07)
  • Joseph Kearney Award (2006)

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Dallas 4 0 2.3 .400 .000 .000 .8 .0 .0 .0 1.0
2007–08 L.A. Clippers 22 0 11.8 .571 .000 .682 3.9 .6 .4 .5 4.7
Career 26 0 10.3 .561 .000 .682 3.4 .4 .3 .4 4.1

See also

References

2009 Summer League Roster | Summer League 2009 | Celtics.com

External links

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