Eimantas Bendžius

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Eimantas Bendžius
No. 22 – Rytas Vilnius
PositionSmall forward
LeagueLithuanian Basketball League
EuroCup
Personal information
Born (1990-04-23) April 23, 1990 (age 28)
Klaipėda, Lithuania
NationalityLithuanian
Listed height2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
Playing career2008–present
Career history
2008–2010Perlas Vilnius
2010–2014Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
2011–2012Pieno žvaigždės Pasvalys
2014–2015Trefl Sopot
2015–2018Obradoiro
2018–presentRytas Vilnius
Career highlights and awards

Eimantas Bendžius (born 23 April 1990) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player who currently plays for Rytas Vilnius of the Lithuanian Basketball League. His primary position is small forward, but also he can play power forward, if necessary.

Professional career[edit]

Bendžius started his career with Vilnius playing in the NKL in 2008. During the 2009–10 season, he became one of the leaders of Perlas, a team that debuted in the LKL that season. On June 2, 2010, Bendžius joined Lietuvos rytas Vilnius.[1]

Bendžius became one of the key players for Lietuvos rytas during the 2012–13 LKL season. In an important game against the rival Žalgiris Kaunas, Bendžius hit 6 out of 9 three-pointers to overcome Žalgiris.[2] Because of this win, Lietuvos rytas secured a second place in the regular season and avoided meeting Žalgiris before the finals.

In June 2015, Bendžius signed a two-year contract with the Spanish team Río Natura Monbús Obradoiro.[3]

National team career[edit]

Bendžius represented Lithuania at the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. In the game against Kazakhstan, Bendžius scored 21 points.[4] He later participated at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, as part of the Lithuania students' basketball team.[5]

Bendžius represented primary Lithuania men's national basketball team during the EuroBasket 2017 for the first time and averaged 2.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists.[6]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro hace su primer fichaje: Eimantas Bendzius" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 3 June 2015.
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  6. ^ "Eimantas BENDZIUS at the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 - FIBA.basketball". FIBA.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017.