CS Universitatea Cluj-Napoca (men's basketball)

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U-BT Cluj-Napoca
U-BT Cluj-Napoca logo
Nickname Șepcile roșii
(The Red Caps)
Studenții
(The Students)
Alb-Negrii
(The White and Blacks)
Leagues Liga Națională
FIBA Europe Cup
Founded 1947; 71 years ago (1947)
History CS Universitatea Cluj-Napoca
(1947–present)
Arena Polyvalent Hall
Horia Demian
Arena Capacity 10,000[1]
2,525
Location Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Team colors White, Black
         
President Marius Bojiță
Vice-president(s) Nicolae Tarcea
Mircea Cristescu
Head coach Mihai Silvășan
Championships 5 Romanian Leagues
2 Romanian Cup
2 Romanian Supercup
Website www.u-bt.ro
Uniforms

CS Universitatea Cluj-Napoca is a Romanian professional basketball club based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The club, for sponsorship reason under the name U-Banca Transilvania Cluj-Napoca, 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 keeps the name U (short form of Universitatea) in its name.

History[edit]

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 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.

The most famous player who played for U Cluj was Gheorghe Mureșan, who signed in 1993 with the Washington Bullets, becoming the tallest player ever in the NBA. He 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. Mureșan obtained the title of NBA Most Improved Player following the 1995–96 NBA season. He began his career playing two years for Universitatea Cluj-Napoca.

Arena[edit]

Sala Polivalentă

U-BT Cluj plays its home games in the main Sports hall from Cluj-Napoca, Sala Polivalentă, which accommodates 10,000 spectators[2] or in Horia Demian Sports Hall, with a capacity of 2,525 spectators.

Sponsorship names[edit]

Due to sponsorship reasons, the team has been known as:

  • 'CS Universitatea Cluj-Napoca (1947–1996)
  • U Invest Cluj-Napoca (1996–1997)
  • U Sanex Cluj-Napoca (1997–1998)
  • U Carbochim Cluj-Napoca (1998–2002)
  • Policarbochim Cluj-Napoca (2002–2005)
  • U Poli-Mobitelco-Carbochim (2005–2006)
  • U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca (2006–2014)
  • U-BT Cluj-Napoca (2014–present)

Logos[edit]

Honours[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj-Napoca roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name
G 1 United States Gray, Justin. 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
F 3 Croatia Šakić, Željko 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in)
PG 4 United States Watson, Giordan 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
PG 6 Romania Mureșan, Andrei. 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
F/C 7 Senegal Barro, Ousmane 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)
PG 8 Lithuania Kariniauskas, Vaidas 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
SF 11 Moldova Kalnichenko, Andrii 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
F/C 14 Romania Török, Rolland 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
PG 18 Serbia Rašić, Aleksandar 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
G 21 United States Kromah, Lasan 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
C 22 Romania Olah, Alexandru 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in)
G/F 23 Romania Berculescu, Camil 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
SG 32 Romania Kuti, Nandor (C) 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
G 35 Romania Vida, David 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
F 41 Denmark Teir, Anders 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Serbia Ćuić Branko
    Romania Pintea Dorin

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 15 February 2017

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Ousmane Barro George Toth
PF Vlad Moldoveanu Rolland Török Vaidas Kariniauskas
SF Kyndall Dykes Tudor Jucan Nandor Kuti
SG Aleksandar Rašić Maksym Pustozvonov Wilhelm Brosser
PG Filip Adamović Tudor Gheorghe Andrei Mureșan

Notable players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Notable former coaches[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]