U BT Cluj-Napoca
|U BT Cluj-Napoca|
|Team colors||Black, White
|Head coach||Dorin Pintea|
|Championships||4 Romanian Championships|
U BT Cluj-Napoca is a Romanian professional basketball club based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The club competes in the Liga Națională. As other sports teams that were initially part of the parent sports club, U Cluj, for historical reasons, the club still keeps the name U (short form of Universitatea) in its name.
Whilst the parent sports club, U Cluj was founded in 1919, the basketball team was founded in 1947 and played for the first time in the Romanian Championship in 1966. Since then, U Cluj was a constant presence in the Romanian First Division, with their best performances being recorded in the 1990s, when they won three Romanian Championships.
During its history, the team had different names. Since 1990, the main sponsor's name is usually added to the name of the parent sports club, U Cluj. This resulted in a change of name every time the main sponsor was changed. Previous names of the team were: U, Ştiinţa, Ştiinţa IMF, U Metalul Rosu, U Fimaro, U SM Invest, U Sanex, and U Carbochim.
In the 2012-2013 season, U Mobitelco Cluj Napoca finished on 7th place (20 wins - 10 losses) and qualify for the Play-Off. Here the team played the first round against CSM Oradea but lost with 3-1. Also the team played the Romanian Cup final, but lost against CS Gaz Metan Medias with the score 62-76. At the end of that season the coach and all the foreign players left the team.
- Romanian Champions: 4
- 1992, 1993, 1996, 2011
- Romanian Championship, Runner-Ups: 7
- 1959, 1962, 1991, 1994, 2006, 2008, 2010
- Romanian Championship, Third place: 12
- 1960, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1995, 1999, 2007
- Romanian Cup, Runner-Ups: 1
- FIBA EuroCup Challenge, Quarter Finals: 1
- Central European Basketball League(CEBL), Final :1
- As of August 16, 2014
|1.||Boris Lalovic||Montenegro||205 cm||C|
|2.||Branko Cuic||Serbia||197 cm||G|
|3.||Miljan Medvedj||Serbia||182 cm||PG|
|4.||Sean Barnette||United States||198 cm||F|
|5.||Mario Lazăr||Romania||201 cm||PF|
|6.||Rareș Mandache||Romania||191 cm||G|
|7.||Michael Southall||United States||210 cm||C|
|8.||Darius Hargrove||United States||194 cm||G|
|9.||Zoran Cvjetkovic||Croatia||190 cm||G|
|10.||Tudor Jucan||Romania||201 cm||F|
|11.||Nandor Kuti||Romania||195 cm||SG|
|12.||Mihai Silvășan||Romania||201 cm||SF|
|13.||Cătălin Baciu||Romania||214 cm||C|
|14.||Wilhelm Brosser||Romania||199 cm||SG|
|15.||Mirel Dragoste||Romania||185 cm||PG|
Notable former players
The most famous player that played for U Cluj was Gheorghe Mureșan - Signed in 1993 with the Washington Bullets, becoming the tallest player ever in the NBA. Played 6 successful seasons with the Bullets and the New Jersey Nets, averaging a career 9.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists. Obtained the title of NBA Most Improved Player following the 1995–96 NBA season. Began his career playing two years for Universitatea Cluj-Napoca.
Notable former coaches
- Official website
- U Mobitelco BT Cluj-Napoca Team Profile at Baschetromania.ro
- Team Profile at Eurobasket.com