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  Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks

Player Profile
Hometown:
Riga, Latvia

High School:
Florida Air Academy

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 210

Position:
G-F

Birthdate:
07/17/1988

Experience:
4V

03/27/2013

First-Team All-Pac-12 Academic Honors Arrive For Carrick

Senior led the league with 13 double-doubles on the season.

03/22/2013

Sun Devils Fall To Baylor In Second Round Of NIT

The Sun Devils fought hard, but came up short against the Bears, 89-86.

03/20/2013

GAME NOTES: Sun Devils Take On Baylor Friday At 7 p.m. CT On ESPN2

Jahii Carson nation's top freshman scorer at 18.4 points per game.

03/17/2013

MEN'S HOOPS GAME NOTES: Sun Devils Host Detroit (20-12) Wednesday In NIT

Jahii Carson averaging 23 points in past five games.

06/07/2012

Coach Sendek and Jahii Carson Chat It Up With Fans

Full Transcript From May Fan Forum

Ty, Rik and Jamelle join list of Sun Devil men's basektball players to earn their degrees (May 12, 2011)
ASU needs a go-to man? Kuksiks is ready (Arizona Republic/October 21, 2009, by Doug Haller) Get Acrobat Reader
Jeff Goodman of FOXSports.com ranks the nation's best shooters, and Rihards checks in at No. 8 (Oct. 12, 2009)
ASU's Kuksiks getting over growing pains (East Valley Tribune/Dec. 13, 2008)
Kuksiks more than outside shooter (Arizona Republic/Dec. 13, 2008)

YearG-GSMin-AvgFG-APctFG3-APctFT-APctRb-AvgF-DAstToBkStPts-Avg
07-0827-13464-17.251-132.38636-98.3678-13.61548-1.829-13119217146-5.4
08-0934-341127-33.1118-267.44293-210.44320-28.714128-3.882-25445517349-10.3
09-1033-29982-29.8134-307.43681-211.38449-56.875118-3.674-158411037398-12.1
10-1127-22737-27.392-227.40570-177.39528-35.80072-2.761-04929822282-10.4
Career121-983310-27.4395-933.423280-696.402105-132 .795366-3.0246-419213425931175-9.7

RIHARDS CAREER RECAP
Rihards Kuksiks -- pronounced Reh-HARDS (roll the r) KOOK-six -- finished career 62-of-147 (.422) from the three-point stripe in his final 21 games after starting the year 8-of-30 in the first four contests. He posted 10th 20-point game of his career with 22 points vs. Oregon on Mar. 3, and ASU was 7-3 in those games. Rihards finished with 280 career three-pointers made, second spot on the ASU career list and seventh on the Pac-10 list, while 696 attempts is ninth on the Pac-10 career chart and fourth in ASU history. He became the 34th member of ASU's 1,000-point club against Long Beach State, as he finished with 1,175 points (23rd on Sun Devil career charts). He was 29-of-60 (.483) from the three-point stripe in his final 10 games against ranked opponents. He was clutch in close games his final two seasons, as ASU played eight games of two points or less (4-4), and he was 29-of-59 (.491) from three. He matched career-highs in points (27) and rebounds (nine) in the Jan. 8, 2010, win over No. 24 Washington. He had six 20-point games in 2009-10 with ASU going 5-1 in those games and led team in scoring in six times in 2010-11 and in 20 times in career. Described by high school coach Aubin Goporo as someone who leads by example and just goes about his business as in his senior year team went 26-3. When Florida Air Academy had a 49-game winning streak in his junior year but had a key injury to a teammate, Rihards took over and put the exclamation point on the 50-game streak with a 45-point performance that included nine three-pointers.

20-POINT SCORING GAMES FOR RIHARDS
27 vs. #24 Washington (Jan. 8, 2010)
27 vs. San Francisco (Nov. 20, 2009)
25 at Oregon (Jan. 14, 2010)
24 vs. USC (Mar. 4, 2010)
24 vs. UCSB (Dec. 21, 2009)
22 vs. Oregon (Mar. 3, 2011)
22 vs. USC (Jan. 27, 2011)
21 vs. Jacksonville (Mar. 16, 2010/NIT)
20 at Nevada (Dec. 17, 2010)
20 vs. Syracuse (Mar. 22, 2009 @Miami/NCAA)

PAC-10 CAREER THREES MADE (AS OF END OF 2010-11 SEASON)
1. Tajuan Porter/UO, 2007-10, 345
5. Jason Kapono/UCLA, 1999-03, 317
6. Orlando Williams/UO, 1992-95, 282
7. Rihards Kuksiks/ASU, 2007-11, 280
8. Ty Abbott/ASU, 2007-11, 273

PAC-10 CAREER THREES ATTEMPTED (AS OF END OF 2010-11 SEASON)
1. Tajuan Porter/UO, 2007-10, 896
4. Ron Riley/ASU, 1993-96, 263
5. Ty Abbott/ASU, 2007-11, 757
9. Rihards Kuksiks/ASU, 2007-11, 696

SUN DEVIL CAREER THREE-POINTERS (AS OF END OF 2010-11 SEASON)
1. Stevin Smith, 1990-94, 323
2. Rihards Kuksiks, 2007-11, 280
3. Ty Abbott, 2007-11, 273
4. Ron Riley, 1992-96, 263
5. Eddie House, 1996-2000, 250

SUN DEVIL CAREER POINTS (AS OF END OF 2010-11 SEASON)
20. Arthur Thomas, 1984-88, 1,268
21. Dennis Dairman, 1962-64, 1,220
22. Chad Prewitt, 1998-02, 1,177
23. Rihards Kuksiks, 2007-11, 1,175

SUN DEVIL CAREER THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE
1. .435 (94-of-216), Matt Anderson, 1988-91
2. .413 (156-of-378), Tarence Wheeler, 1987-91
3. .409 (45-of-110), Steve Beck, 1984-87
4. .402 (280-of-696), Rihards Kuksiks, 2007-11
10. .373 (123-of-330), Jamelle McMillan, 2007-11

JUNIOR SEASON (2009-2010)
Team's leading scorer in 2009-10 at 12.1 points per game...had six 20-point games in 2009-10 and ASU was 5-1 in those games...had 17 points in win in Tucson on Feb. 21, matching the most Sun Devil points off the pine on the year with Trent Lockett's 17 vs. Texas State on Nov. 16, and matching the most off the bench by a Sun Devil since Christian Polk had 18 vs. Arizona on Feb. 25, 2007...made 27-of-29 (.931) free throws in league play...led team in scoring in home games at 13 points per game...made 16-of-18 (.889) free throws in 10 road games...averaged 14 points per game in eight January contests and shot 28-of-60 (.467) from the three-point stripe...had 24 points in intense USC game on March 4 when every bucket mattered in 56-46 win...had 25 in win at Oregon on Jan. 14 on 9-of-12 shooting...posted 27 including five three-pointers in win over #24 Washington on Jan. 8...had 24 points including 8-of-16 from the three-point stripe in Dec. 21 win over eventual Big West champion UCSB...had 27 points and eight assists in Nov. 20 USF win as ASU pumped in 104 points in 39-point win.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008-2009)
Ended 2008-09 season eighth in the nation in three-bomb percentage per official NCAA minimum of 2.5 made per game, as he was 93-of-210 (.443) from beyond the arc...established himself as a solid third option behind NBA draft picks James Harden and Jeff Pendergraph by averaging 10.3 points in 33.1 minutes per game, and averaged 10.8 points in Pac-10 games in 34.9 minutes...posted 19 games of double-digit points including a season-high 20 points in season finale against No. 13 Syracuse in NCAA Tournament...also had 17 in regular season finale against NCAA Tournament-bound California...posted four straight double-digit point games in early season Pac-10 play with 16 at California, 13 vs. Oregon State and Oregon and then 16 at USC...minutes increased in final nine games, as he led the team with 38.9 minutes per game...had huge game vs. Arizona on Feb. 22 in Tempe by making 5-of-10 three-pointers en route to 17 points...shot 42 percent from the three-point stripe in the 16 games against NCAA Tournament teams (ASU was 10-6).

FRESHMAN SEASON (2007-2008)
Was one of four freshman to start against No. 17 Xavier on Dec. 17 as ASU won 77-55, the largest margin of victory over a ranked team in ASU history...averaged 17.2 minutes per game on the year and posted 36 three pointers...shot 39.2 percent from three-point stripe in ASU wins (20-of-51)...had double digits in six of final 12 games, including 15 in huge win at Washington and 12 in big home win vs. USC...hit 21 three-pointers in final nine games against Pac-10 teams...had 15 points on 6-of-12 field goals and had three three-pointers in win over seventh-ranked Stanford on Feb. 14...light bulb went bright on Valentine's Day in his freshman season, as ASU's late-season surge coincided with him posting solid minutes. He averaged 26.6 minutes and 8.7 points in the final 12 games and had 25 three-pointers, beginning with the overtime upset of seventh-ranked Stanford on Feb. 14 as he had 15 points in that game

SUN DEVIL FRESHMAN THREE POINTERS (THROUGH 2010-11)
76-Ty Abbott, 2007-08
66-Ron Riley, 1992-93
64-Christian Polk, 2006-07
57- Eddie House, 1996-97
44¬-James Harden, 2007-08
44-Gee Gervin, 1996-97
44-Jeremy Veal, 1994-95
40-Stevin Smith, 1990-91
39-Kenny Crandall, 1998-99
36-Rihards Kuksiks, 2007-08>
36-Jerren Shipp, 2006-07

FLORIDA AIR ACADEMY
Team captain for Falcons in senior year and averaged nearly 30 points per game and 22 points per game in his junior year and won three straight state titles...scored a game-high 23 points as squad topped Gainesville P.K. Yonge 68-56 the Florida 3A state finals as he was 8-of-15 from the field with a trio of three-pointers...had 26 points and eight boards in state semifinal win over Ribault.

FAMILY
Parents Nokolay and Gunta live in Latvia...has an older brother, Andris...born July 17, 1988.

CAREER HIGHS FOR RIHARDS KUKSIKS
POINTS: 27, twice, last vs. #24 Washington (1/8/10)
FIELD GOALS MADE: 9, twice, last at Oregon (1/14/10)
FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED:17, twice, last vs. Houston Baptist (11/25/10)
THREE-POINTERS MADE: 8 vs. UCSB (12/21/09)
THREE-POINTERS ATTEMPTED: 16 vs. UCSB (12/21/09)
FREE THROWS MADE: 7, twice, last vs. UCLA (1/29/11)
FREE THROWS ATTEMPTED: 8, three times, last vs. UCLA (1/29/11)
REBOUNDS: 10 vs. UCLA (3/6/10)
STEALS: 3, four times, last vs. USC (3/4/10)
BLOCKS: 2, three times, last vs. UCLA (1/29/11)
ASSISTS:8 vs. USF (11/20/09)
MINUTES: 45 at Washington State (2/28/09)

GETTING TO KNOW RIHARDS
Toughest loss: All of them
Favorite player: Michael Jordan
Game day superstition: Lie down in my bed and take a nap
Best Sun Devil memory: Making the 2009 NCAA Tournament Place to visit: Riga, Latvia
Favorite music: Depends on the moment
Favorite movie: Brigada
Favorite type of car: BMW X6
Favorite restaurant in Arizona: City Hall or Outback Steakhouse
Best-dressed teammate: Got to be me!
I would like to switch places for a day with: Robin Thicke
One word Coach Sendek has said that I don't know what it means: Too many
Something people don't know about me: English is my third language
Biggest clutch shot I remember: Derek's corner shot against UCLA (ASU was down by one when Glasser hit a three-pointer at 1:17 to take the lead it would not relinquish in the Feb. 12, 2009, ESPN home game)
If I could have lunch with anyone it would be: Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan
Favorits on the Ipod: Blueprint 3, Timoti, Micheal Jackson
What I like about ASU: Weather
What I like about my hometown: My family
What I like about school: Meeting new people
What I don't like: Long flights and early wake-up calls

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