Domantas Sabonis

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Domantas Sabonis
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No. 8 – Unicaja Málaga
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1996-05-03) May 3, 1996 (age 18)
Portland, Oregon
Nationality Lithuanian
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (208 cm)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College Gonzaga (2014–present)
Career history
2013–2014 Unicaja Málaga
2012–2013 Clínicas Rincón (loan)

Domantas Sabonis (born May 3, 1996) is a Lithuanian basketball player who has played for the Unicaja Málaga junior and senior teams. He is the son of Arvydas Sabonis, a legendary Lithuanian basketball player who has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Domantas wears the number 11 just like his father.

Professional career[edit]

Despite being only a 16-year-old, on September 5, 2012 he debuted in the main Unicaja Málaga team during the game against Cibona Zagreb.[1] However he was loaned to Clínicas Rincón for the 12/13 season. He was recalled in 2013. Domantas hasn't signed a professional contract with salary because he wishes to play in NCAA in 2014.[2] On October 13, 2013, he debuted in ACB league as a Unicaja member. Domantas started the game in starting line-up and scored 6 points, grabbed 3 rebounds per 15 minutes of game action.[3] He is the youngest Unicaja player to debut in ACB (17 years, 5 months and 10 days).[4] On October 18, 2013, he debuted in the Euroleague during the game against the consecutive 2-time champions Olympiacos Piraeus by scoring 2 points with a dunk and grabbing 2 rebounds per 11 minutes.[5] In 2014 D.Sabonis was named as one of the best young European players of the year.[6] His best ACB game as a Unicaja Málaga member was during his eighteenth birthday on May 3, 2014, when he scored 13 points per 17 minutes with 100% shooting.[7] On May 10, 2014 Sabonis won Spain Youth Basketball League silver medal with Unicaja junior team. During final game he scored 14 points (including one three pointer) and grabbed 8 rebounds.[8]

International career[edit]

Sabonis made his international debut with the Lithuania national team at the 2012 FIBA U-16 European Championship, averaging 14.1 points, 14.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He grabbed a tournament-high 27 rebounds against Poland on July 27. In 2013, being 17-year-old, Domantas played for Lithuania U-18 team in 2013 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. He averaged 14 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game[9] and was tournament leader in rebounds per game.[10] His best game was against Serbia when he scored 22 points, grabbed 22 rebounds and dished out 3 assists. Lithuania won the game 74-70 in OT.[11] In 2014 coach Jonas Kazlauskas included Sabonis into preliminary 24 players list for main Lithuania national basketball team.[12]

College career[edit]

Sabonis committed to NCAA Division I squad Gonzaga University prior to the 2014–15 season.[13][14]

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