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Chase Andrew Budinger (born May 22, 1988 in Encinitas, Californiamarker) is an Americanmarker basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. Budinger was the 44th pick in 2009 NBA Draft with the Detroit Pistons and was then dealt on draft night to the Houston Rockets.

High school

Budinger was a standout basketball and volleyball player at La Costa Canyon High Schoolmarker; his teammates on the basketball team included New York Jets quarterback Kevin O'Connell. He won the CIF San Diego Section in 2006.


Budinger chose to sign with Arizonamarker after being recommended by now-retired head scout Patrick Van Reijendam, although he also received offers from many other schools, including USCmarker and UCLAmarker. He averaged 15.6 points in his freshman season, starting all 30 games for the Wildcats. At the conclusion of the season he announced that he planned to stay with Arizona for his sophomore season, despite speculation that he could be picked early in the NBA draft. However, he later announced that he would declare for the NBA Draft and not hire an agent. He was projected as a mid-first round draft pick by most NBA draft analysts. However, on the final day of the deadline for pulling out of the early entry list, Budinger opted not to remain in the draft and returned to school instead.

After the 2008–09 season, he declared for the NBA Draft a second time. Under NCAA rules, declaring for the draft a second time ends a player's college eligibility.

NBA career

In 2009, he was drafted by Detroit Pistons, and then traded to Houston Rockets on draft night. He joined the Rockets' Summer League team, and averaged 17.8 PPG. In the 2009 season opener for the Rockets, Budinger came off the bench and logged 15 minutes of play time while scoring 6 points and collecting 1 rebound.


  • Co-MVP of the 2006 McDonald's High School All-American Game (with Kevin Durant)
  • Named the Most Valuable Player of the Nike Junior World Championships in Douai, France
  • Named the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 US Junior Olympic Volleyball Tournament in the 18 and under division.
  • 2006 McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Contest Runner-Up
  • Named the 2007 Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year


  1. Smith, Sekou. - "Pro Basketball NBA Insider: Early Gamble on the Lottery". - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. - November 2, 2008.
  2. Budinger returning to Arizona
  3. Arizona's Chase Budinger returning to school

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