Nick Landrigan '01
The point guard on a basketball team is regarded as the court general. He runs the offense and creates opportunities for scoring. It is no coincidence that as identifying positions from names such as “point guard” shifted to numbers, that the point guard assumed the number “1,” leading all of the rest. When reflecting on Nick Landrigan’s career, it’s difficult to find Rice-Cathedral athletes who have fulfilled the role better than he. A state champion, two time All-State selection, college standout, and Rice-Cathedral’s All-Time Assist leader, Nick has not only been a phenomenal basketball player, but has consistently elevated the play of his teammates through his selfless and skillful playing style.
Nick held the starting guard spot all four years of his career at Rice, and was recognized for his talents when he was selected as a member of the 3rd Team All-State Basketball squad his sophomore year. It was the first of many honors to come. His junior season stands to this day as one of the finest seasons in Rice basketball history. With a team consisting of four Hall of Famers (Mike Cioffi ‘01, Alex Lloyd ‘00, Kyle Cieplicki ‘03 and Nick), Rice grabbed the first seed overall and swept its way to the Championship game, where they earned a decisive victory over BHS, and hung a Boys’ Basketball banner for the first time in 15 years. Nick played a huge role in the game, finishing with 12 points, and several assists to teammate Mike Cioffi, who sparked a scoring run that put Rice safely ahead in the fourth. Nick would later be named Third Team All-State for a second time in a row, and First Team All-Metro. The chemistry between Nick and Mike would only grow more important as Rice lost several talented seniors, and leadership responsibilities fell to the pair, who were named Co-Captains.
Nick continued his success in the 2000-01 season, facilitating yet another very powerful offensive Rice squad. Not only did he set the Rice-Cathedral assist record, but helped produce one of Rice’s top scorers in fellow inductee Mike Cioffi, who tallied up 1,152 points over his career. Unfortunately, the successful senior campaign ended one stop short of the coveted championship when Rice lost to Spaulding in the semi-finals. Nick’s outstanding play, however, earned him yet another 1st Team All-Metro and Second Team All-State.
Nick stood out on the court, not only because of his personal production, but in the way that he helped others play better than they could have without the presence of an elite point guard. His selflessness and leadership on the court translated into wins and a title for the Little Indians. His time at the helm of the Rice offense showcases just how beneficial it is to have an exceptional point guard running the show.
After his graduation from Rice in 2001, Nick went on to attend Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. While earning many accolades during his college career, perhaps his most impressive stat is once again his ability to make his fellow teammates better: Just like at Rice, Nick dished out more assists than anyone in Acadia University history and sits at #10 overall in assists for the conference.
Currently Nick resides in Charlotte, and works as a Real Estate Appraiser. He also co-owned the popular Arrowhead Golf Course in Milton. He volunteers for Vermont Special Olympics, a fitting service to his community by a man who spent his basketball career making those around him better.