<tr><th colspan="2" class="" style="text-align:center; background-color:#DCDCDC;color:#000000;">Career highlights and awards<tr class=""><td colspan="2" class="" style="text-align:center; text-align: left;">
  • Pac-10 All-Freshman Honorable Mention (2000)
  • GSAC Player of Year (2004)
  • NAIA Division 1 All-American First Team (2004)
  • CBA All-Star (2007)
  • CBA All-League Second Team (2004)</th></tr>
</table> Nicholas James "Nick" VanderLaan (born October 27, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player who most notably played in the NBA Summer League for the Golden State Warriors and the NBA D-League for the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

College career

As a freshman at the University of California at Berkeley, VanderLaan started 16 games and was named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Freshman, averaging 8.5 points and 6.7 rebounds.[1]

VanderLaan later transferred to the University of Virginia and played during the 2002-2003 Season.

In 2003 VanderLaan transferred again, to Concordia University, Irvine,[2] where he led the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.1 points and 11.6 rebounds,[3] and was named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year[4] and NAIA All-American First Team for the 2003-2004 season.[5][6] Later that year, VanderLaan led Concordia to the NAIA National Championship Title Game.

Professional career

VanderLaan was not selected in the 2004 NBA Draft, and was picked to play on the Golden State Warriors NBA Summer League team.[7]

He played in the ABA with the Long Beach Jam (2004.)

VanderLaan played in the CBA with the Idaho Stampede (2005) and with the Butte Daredevils (2006-2007). While playing for the Daredevils, VanderLaan started 43 games and averaged 13.0 points and a league-leading 11.3 rebounds.[8] VanderLaan was named CBA All-Star and CBA All-League Second Team.[9]

He played for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the NBA D-League (2007) averaging 12.6 points and 12.4 rebounds.[10]

He also played professionally in Spain with Bàsquet Manresa (2007) [11][12] and won the LEB Gold Championship.

In 2007, VanderLaan was selected to the New Jersey Nets 2007 NBA Summer League Roster.[13]
In November 2007, VanderLaan suffered an injury ending his professional and playing career.

Coaching career

For the 2010-2011 season VanderLaan was an Assistant Coach for his alma mater, Concordia University Irvine and compiled a 32-4 record. [14]

Off the court

In 2009 VanderLaan started Legacy Precious Metals, Inc. which specialized in dealer to dealer sales of precious metals and certified rare coins. In 2011 VanderLaan founded and launched and is the current president. [15]


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  2. Burt, Tim. "Perfect Timing". Orange County Register. Lexis Nexis. 
  3. Concordia (CA) season statistics. Concordia University Irvine. Retrieved on 4 June 2014.
  4. Rank, Adam (1 November 2004). "Concordia takes long view; The Eagles hope their difficult schedule prepares them for another long playoff run". Orange County Register. Lexis Nexis. 
  5. "Top 10 sports stories of 2004". Orange County Register. Lexis Nexis. 6 January 2005. 
  6. Men's Basketball. Concordia University Irvine. Retrieved on 4 June 2014.
  7. Golden State Warriors 2014 summer league guide. National Basketball Association. Retrieved on 4 June 2014.
  8. CBA Team statistics. CBA Hoops. Retrieved on 4 June 2014.
  9. Error on call to Template:cite web: Parameters url and title must be specified. CBA hoops. Retrieved on 4 June 2014.
  10. Nick VanderLaan. National Basketball Association. Retrieved on 4 June 2014.
  11. Nick VanderLaan. FIBA. Retrieved on 4 June 2014.
  12. "Conmemoran el ascenso del Ricoh Manresa con la edición de 'trading cards'". 14 June 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  13. Fired up and ready to rumble. National Basketball Association. Retrieved on 4 June 2014.
  14. Concordia University Eagles - Men's Basketball Roster: Assistant Coach Nick VanderLaan". Concordia University. Retrieved on 18 August 2014.
  15. Meet Our Team". Retrieved on 18 August 2014.

Nick VanderLaan
File:VanderLaan playing for Bàsquet Manresa.jpg
VanderLaan playing for Bàsquet Manresa
No. 32
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born October 27, 1979
Long Beach, California
Nationality American
High school St. Thomas More
(Oakdale, Connecticut)
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
College California (1999–2001)
Virginia (2002–2003)
Concordia (2003–2004)
NBA Draft 2004 / Undrafted
Pro career 2004–2007
Career history
2004 Long Beach Jam
2005 Idaho Stampede
2006–2007 Butte Daredevils
2007 Los Angeles D-Fenders
2007 Basquet Manresa</th>
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