Jeff Nordgaard

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Jeff Nordgaard
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Personal information
Born (1973-02-23) February 23, 1973 (age 47)
Dawson, Minnesota
NationalityAmerican / Polish
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolDawson-Boyd (Dawson, Minnesota)
College Green Bay (1992–1996)
NBA draft 1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53rd overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career1996–2009
Position Small forward
Career history
1996 Dijon
1997Patronato Bilbao
1997 Milwaukee Bucks
1997–1998 Fort Wayne Fury
1998–1999 Viola Reggio Calabria
1999–2000 Besançon
2000 Indiana Legends
2000–2001 Chalon
2001–2003 Anwil Włocławek
2003–2004 Polonia Warsaw
2004 Roseto
2004–2005 Olympiacos
2005Polonia Warsaw
2005–2007 Prokom Trefl Sopot
2007–2009 AZS Koszalin
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Jeff Wallace Nordgaard (born February 23, 1973) is an American-born naturalized Polish former professional basketball player.

Nordgaard's father, John Nordgaard, was a biology teacher and guidance counselor at Dawson-Boyd High School and at one time its head basketball coach. When playing basketball at Dawson-Boyd High School in 1990, as a junior, Jeff scored 41 points in an 86-78 win over Canby, to set a new team record. In 1991 he became the first player in Minnesota state history to achieve a quadruple double. [1] He played college basketball for the Green Bay Phoenix at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. He finished his college hoops career in March 1996 and in May was named "Basketball Man of the Year" in Wisconsin. Nordgaard was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 1996 NBA draft. He began his professional career in Europe, spending the 1996-97 season with two clubs, Dijon (France) and Patronato Bilbao (Spain 2nd). The following season he briefly played for the Bucks before finishing the season with the CBA's Fort Wayne Fury.

Nordgaard then returned to Europe, first going to Viola Reggio Calabria in Italy for the 1998-99 season, where he was a teammate of future NBA star Manu Ginóbili. The next season he returned to France with Besançon BCD. Nordgaard briefly returned to America in 2000 with the Indiana Legends in the ABA before signing a contract that brought him back to France with Chalon.

In 2001 Nordgaard went to Poland, joining Anwil Włocławek. He then moved to Polonia Warsaw in 2003. Nordgaard was especially well-traveled in the 2004-05 season, first returning to Italy to play for Roseto, transferring to Greek power Olympiacos, and ending the season back at Polonia. The following year he signed with another Polish club, Prokom Trefl Sopot, and stayed there through the 2006-07 season. Nordgaard moved to AZS Koszalin for the 2007-08 season and decided to stay for the 2008-09 season.

During his time in Poland, Nordgaard took out Polish citizenship, and played for the Polish national team. On February 15, 2003, a son, Dawson John Nordgaard, was born to Jeff and Alexis Nordgaard.

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  1. Minnesota State High School League