Andrew Vlahov

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Andrew Vlahov
Small forward / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1969-04-01) 1 April 1969 (age 45)
Perth, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school Kent Street (Perth, Western Australia)
South Eugene (Eugene, Oregon)
College Stanford (1987–1991)
NBA draft 1991 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 1991–2002
Career history
1991–2002 Perth Wildcats
Career highlights and awards

Andrew Mitchell Vlahov (born 1 April 1969) is a retired Australian professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball League of Australia from 1991 through until the 2001/2002 season. Vlahov now leads RV Sport, a premium sports and event marketing company.

Playing career[edit]

High School[edit]

Vlahov attended Kent Street Senior High School in Western Australia.

Australian Institute of Sport[edit]

He attended the Australian Institute of Sport in 1987. His sister Lisa attended between 1985 to 1986.[1]

College[edit]

Vlahov attended college at Stanford University in the U.S. from 1987 to 1991 and was coached by Mike Montgomery.

Vlahov was a key member of Stanford's 1991 National Invitational Tournament championship winning team, scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds in the championship game against Oklahoma.[2]

Vlahov received the following awards at Stanford:[3]

  • Best Defensive Player - 3 times (1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91)
  • Most Inspirational Player (1989–90)
  • Team Captain (1989–90, 1990–91)
  • Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic Team (1989)

Vlahov holds four Stanford school basketball records:[4]

  • 5th in career steals (130)
  • 7th in career assists (278)
  • 9th in season steals (50)
  • 10th in career fouls (286)

NBL[edit]

After playing at Stanford, Vlahov was signed by the Perth Wildcats where he played his entire NBL career. A stellar first season with the Wildcats saw Vlahov awarded with the NBL's Rookie of the Year award. Vlahov replaced Mike Ellis as the captain of the club in 1993 after only two seasons in the NBL and remained so until his retirement.

International[edit]

Vlahov was a four-time Olympian playing with the Boomers at the 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.

Post-playing career[edit]

While still on the playing roster with the Wildcats, Vlahov teamed up with ex-NBA player and fellow Western Australian Luc Longley to purchase the Wildcats franchise from owner Kerry Stokes. Once Longley pulled out of the venture Vlahov was the majority shareholder of the club (with Mack Hall holding a small minority of shares) until the completion of the 2005/2006 season when West Australian Jack Bendat took over the club.

In his time as owner of the Wildcats, Vlahov was instrumental in the NBL's push into the Asian market including match telecasts to Asian countries and the now discontinued "Singapore Spectacular" (a regular season match where the Wildcats played host to another NBL team in Singapore).

Vlahov appeared in a television commercial for "King Size Big and Tall", an Australian clothing company that specializes in clothing for big men.

On February 4, 2013, Vlahov was named in the Perth Wildcats 30th Anniversary All-Star team.[5][6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. ISBN 174013060X. 
  2. ^ Gary Migdol, Stanford: Home of Champions, published by Sports Publishing LLC, 1997, p.216
  3. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/stan/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/0607-mg-06.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.gostanford.com/sports/m-baskbl/archive/stan-m-baskbl-indmarks.html
  5. ^ 30th Anniversary All-Star Team
  6. ^ Americans dominate Wildcats All-Star team
Awards
Preceded by
Justin Cass
NBL Rookie of the Year
1991
Succeeded by
Lachlan Armfield
Preceded by
Paul Rees
NBL Grand Final MVP
1995
Succeeded by
Mike Kelly