Richard van Poelgeest

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Richard van Poelgeest
Personal information
Born (1966-03-23) 23 March 1966 (age 54)
Rijswijk, Netherlands
Listed height205 cm (6 ft 9 in)
Career information
College Nebraska (1986–1990)
NBA draft 1990 / Undrafted
Playing career1985–2005
Position Center
Career history
1984–1985 Leiden
1985–1986 Canadians
1990–1994 BSW Weert
1994–1996 GOBA Gorinchem
1996–2001 Oostende
2001–2002 Leuven
2002–2005BSW Weert
Career highlights and awards

Richard van Poelgeest (born 23 March 1966) is a Dutch retired basketball player. He played for several clubs in the Netherlands and Belgium in his career. He was also a member of the Netherlands national basketball team.



Van Poelgeest started his professional career in 1984 with Elmex Leiden in the Eredivisie, the highest league in the Netherlands. [1]

Van Poelgeest played college basketball in the United States for the Nebraska Cornhuskers starting from 1986. [2] His career high was 19 points against Iowa State on 26 February 1988.

After college, he returned to the Netherlands to play for BSW Weert, at the time named Selex Weert. In 1994, he won the club's first Dutch championship with Weert. He was also named the Most Valuable Player of the 1993–94 season.

From 1994 until 1996, Van Poelgeest played for GOBA Gorinchem. With GOBA, he won the NBB Cup in 1995.

For the last three years of his professional career, he returned to BSW Weert.

After, he played at a semi-professional level with Hasselt in the Belgian Second Division.

National team career

With the Netherlands national team, Van Poelgeest played at EuroBasket 1989.

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  1. "Richard van Poelgeest Basketbal statistieken Spelers Dossier - NBB Database, basketball statistieken". Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  2. "Richard van Poelgeest Bio". Retrieved 8 April 2020.