Former Mizzou Basketball player Rickey Paulding was named Finals MVP of the German BBL (Bundesliga Basketball League) after leading his EWE Baskets to the league crown.
Paulding led the Baskets to a 3-2 series win over Telekom Baskets Bonn in the finals averaging a team-leading 19.2 points on 50.9 percent shooting from the floor and 53.6 percent from three-point range.
Paulding was one of the German league’s top players throughout the season as well. He averaged 14.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 51% from the floor and 45.0% on three pointers. His scoring numbers ranked fifth in the league, while his 1.5 steals per game ranked fifth and his 72 total three-point field goals was third.
Paulding and his EWE club beat former Tiger Jimmy McKinney and the Deutsche Bank Skyliners in the opening round of the playoffs.