Rickey Paulding is a professional basketball player from Detroit, Michigan.  He is currently in his 15th professional season. Rickey played college basketball at the University of Missouri.  While at Mizzou he scored 1200 points and grabbed 300 rebounds, earning a spot as the 10th highest all time scorer in school history.  Rickey also holds Mizzou's career record for most points scored in NCAA tournament play and is remembered by fans for scoring 36 points and making nine threes against Dwayne Wade and the Marquette Golden Eagles in the 2nd round loss of the NCAA tournament his junior year.  Rickey made the decision to return to Mizzou for his senior year where he graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. 


Paulding was drafted by the Detroit Pistons, 54th overall in the second round of the 2004 NBA draft.   He began his professional career in Israel with Hapoel Jerusalem (Jerusalem, 04-05 season) and then played two years in France with Asvel Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (Lyon, 05-06 season) and BCM Gravelines Dunkerque (Gravelines, 06-07 season).  In 2007 Paulding signed in Germany with EWE Baskets Oldenburg (07-present), where he currently holds the BBL record for most consecutive years played on one team.


Rickey is beloved in Oldenburg where fans refer to the name of the city as “Pauldingburg” or to Rickey as “Mr. Oldenburg.” He has received many awards and honors while with EWE Baskets, including a spot on the letter B in a city mural of Oldenburg attractions and more recently a portrait wall on the side of the EWE small arena.

Rickey and his wife Kara, have two sons, Tre and Sidney and a daughter Marleigh.  Besides residing most of the year in Oldenburg, the Pauldings also have a home in Lee’s Summit, Mo.   


Awards and Honors:

  • 2003 Wooden Award pre-season finalist

  • 2003 Second Team All Big 12

  • Scored 36 points in the NCAA Tournament against Marquette.

  • Made 9 three-point field goals against Marquette

  • 10th Highest all time scorer at Mizzou.

  • Holds Mizzou's career record for most points scored in NCAA tournament play.

  • 8 time Basketball Bundesliga All-Star.

  • 2009 BBL Champion.

  • 2009 BBL Finals MVP after leading EWE Baskets Oldenburg to the league title.

  • Most Likeable Player of the Basketball Bundesliga (2009, 2017, 2018).

  • 2015 BBL Cup Winner.

  • 2 time All BBL First team (2013, 2016).

  • Currently the all time leading scorer in the Basketball Bundesliga.

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