Jānis Bērziņš (basketball)

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Jānis Bērziņš
No. 31 – Zastal Zielona Góra
PositionSmall forward
LeaguePolish League
VTB United League
Personal information
Born (1993-05-04) 4 May 1993 (age 28)
Limbaži, Latvia
NationalityLatvian
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2015 / Undrafted
Playing career2009–present
Career history
2009–2011BK Valmiera
2011–2012VEF Rīga
2012–2013BK Valmiera
2013–2016VEF Rīga
2016–2017Orlandina Basket
2018–2020Ventspils
2020–presentStelmet Zielona Góra
Career highlights and awards

Jānis Bērziņš (born May 4, 1993) is a Latvian professional basketball player for Stelmet Zielona Góra of the Polish League. Standing at 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) he plays at the small forward position.

Professional career[edit]

Jānis Bērziņš who in childhood was raised in Latvian most northern town Rūjiena started his professional career in 2009 with BK Valmiera. He played there for two seasons until he joined VEF Rīga, signing a multiyear contract. After his first season with VEF he was loaned back to Valmiera. Bērziņš had very successful 2012–2013 campaign. First he played major role for Valmiera, that won Latvian League bronze medals, which was followed by invitation to participate in Adidas Eurocamp, which was held in Treviso, Italy.

In August 2013, after an impressive showing with Latvian team in U20 European Championship, Bērziņš signed an extension with VEF Rīga.[1] He also had contract offer from Spanish powerhouse Barcelona,[2] but instead chose Riga as best place for his development.

Bērziņš promising carrier was plagued by knee injuries. First time he tore his ACL with VEF Rīga in end of 2013.[3] In 2016, playing for Orlandina Basket forward suffered his second leg injury with partial ACL tear in his right knee.[4] Shortly after his recovery Bērziņš torn his ACL for third time, playing in friendly game against Finland with Latvian national team at summer of 2017.[5] After sedliened season Bērziņs managed to get his carrier back on track playing for BK Ventspils.

On July 2, 2020, he has signed with Stelmet Zielona Góra of the Polish League.[6]

Latvian National Team[edit]

Jānis has played for Latvian U16, U18 and U20 National Team as well as Senior National Team. In July 2013, Bērziņš was big part of Latvia's historic run at U20 European Championship in Tallinn, Estonia, which was highlighted by making finals, while Jānis was named to All-Tournament team.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Euroleague.net
  2. ^ Gigantes.es
  3. ^ "Bērziņam krustenisko saišu plīsums, nespēlēs 8-9 mēnešus". Sportacentrs.com (in Latvian). 2 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Berzins suffered a partial ACL tear in his right knee". Sportando. 18 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Mačā pret Somiju savainojumu guvis basketbola izlases kandidāts Jānis Bērziņš". Jauns.lv (in Latvian). 29 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Janis Berzins signs with Stelmet Zielona Gora". Sportando. July 2, 2020. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  7. ^ FIBA Europe

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