Léo Westermann

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Léo Westermann
Léo Westermann 9 PBC CSKA Moscow 20171027 (cropped).jpg
Westermann, in 2017.
No. 9 – Žalgiris Kaunas
PositionPoint guard
LeagueLithuanian League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1992-07-24) July 24, 1992 (age 26)
Haguenau, France
NationalityFrench
Listed height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Listed weight90 kg (198 lb)
Career information
NBA draft2014 / Undrafted
Playing career2010–present
Career history
2010–2012ASVEL
2012–2014Partizan
2014–2016Limoges CSP
2016–2017Žalgiris
2017–2018CSKA Moscow
2018–presentŽalgiris
Career highlights and awards

Léo Joseph Paul Westermann (born July 24, 1992) is a French professional basketball player for Žalgiris Kaunas of the Lithuanian Basketball League and the EuroLeague. Standing at 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in),[1] he plays at the point guard position. He also represents the senior French national basketball team.

Early years[edit]

Westermann started his men's club career in 2008, playing for Centre Fédéral de Basketball, in the Nationale Masculine 1, the third division of French basketball. He played for Centre Fed for two seasons, averaging 10.1 points, 2.6 assists, and 1.1 steals per game, in 48 games played.

Professional career[edit]

ASVEL[edit]

Westermann signed with the French club ASVEL Basket, in 2010.[2] He stayed there for two seasons, playing in the top-tier level French Pro A and in the European-wide 2nd-tier level EuroCup. In 2012, Westermann was selected to play for the World Team at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon.[3] He left the team just a few hours before he signed a contract with a different team.[4]

Partizan[edit]

On July 2, 2012, it was reported that Westermann had signed a three-year contract with Serbian club Partizan Belgrade.[5] With Partizan was one of the candidates for the prestigious EuroLeague Rising Star award, which eventually went to Kostas Papanikolaou.[6] In his first season, he averaged 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game in the EuroLeague. In the ABA League season, Westermann helped his team to win the title, averaging 6.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game, in 28 games. In November's EuroLeague away game against CSKA Moscow, he tore his ACL on his knee, which sidelined him for the remainder of the season.[7][8] As a result of the injury, Partizan had to find a replacement for him in Milenko Tepić, a former member of the team.[9]

Barcelona / Limoges[edit]

On July 17, 2014, Spanish club FC Barcelona acquired the player rights of Westermann.[10] On July 25, 2014, he was loaned by Barcelona to the French EuroLeague team Limoges CSP, for one season.[11] Over 10 EuroLeague season games, he averaged 7.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, a career-high 4.3 assists, and 1.3 steal per game. On July 11, 2015, Westermann signed a one-year extension, with the option of another year, with Limoges.[12]

Žalgiris Kaunas[edit]

On May 30, 2016, Westermann signed a one-year contract, with the possibility to extend it for one more year, with the Lithuanian club Žalgiris Kaunas.[13] Over 30 EuroLeague season games, he averaged 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 0.5 steals per game.

CSKA Moscow[edit]

On June 22, 2017, the Russian club CSKA Moscow, announced the signing of Westermann, to a 1+1 (2nd year being optional) year contract.[14] On July 16, 2018, Westermann was officially released from CSKA.

Return to Žalgiris Kaunas[edit]

Westermann returned and signed with Žalgiris Kaunas on September 23, 2018.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2012–13 Partizan 9 7 28.9 .392 .433 .846 2.6 4.1 .3 .0 9.6 6.6
2013–14 5 5 27.1 .344 .385 1.000 1.4 2.2 .4 .0 7.0 3.8
2014–15 Limoges 10 10 23.4 .370 .368 .900 2.3 4.3 1.7 .1 7.7 8.3
2015–16 10 10 27.3 .468 .344 .889 2.8 4.3 1.1 .1 10.1 10.7
2016–17 Žalgiris 30 27 25.3 .425 .344 .886 3.2 5.5 .5 .0 8.2 10.0
2017–18 CSKA Moscow 17 4 13.5 .362 .325 1.000 1.2 1.9 .4 .1 4.6 4.0
Career 81 63 23.4 .406 .358 .908 2.4 4.1 .7 .0 8.5 7.9

National team career[edit]

French junior national team[edit]

As a player of France's junior teams, Westermann won a silver medal at the 2009 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship.[16] Westermann also played at the 2011 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, where he helped France to win a bronze medal.[17] At the 2012 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, Westermann won the silver medal, and was named the tournament's MVP.[18]

French senior national team[edit]

Westermann was on the senior French national basketball team's candidate list to compete at the EuroBasket 2013. However, unlike his teammate in Partizan Belgrade, Joffrey Lauvergne, he did not make it onto France's final 12-man squad for the tournament.[19] He played with France at EuroBasket 2015, where he won a bronze medal.

He also played at EuroBasket 2017.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ WESTERMANN, LEO HEIGHT: 1.98.
  2. ^ "ASVEL tabs Tillie, Westermann". euroleague.net. May 26, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  3. ^ "World Team's Leo Westermann Follows In Hero's Footsteps". usabasketball.com. April 4, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  4. ^ "Leo Westermann leaves ASVEL Villeurbanne". Sportando. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Partizan mt:s picks up promising guard Westermann". euroleague.net. July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  6. ^ "Trio iz Partizana i Nedović kandidati za "Zvezdu u usponu"". sport.blic.rs. Tanjug. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  7. ^ Ostojić, Aca. "Partizan NIS loses Westermann to knee injury". euroleague.net. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Leo Westermann confirmed he has torn his ACL". Sportando. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  9. ^ Vrakela, S. "Tepić se vraća kući". ALO! (in Serbian). Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  10. ^ "FC Barcelona acquires Leo Westermann's rights". sportando.com. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Léo Westermann au Limoges CSP". limogescsp.com (in French). Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  12. ^ "Limoges re-signs point guard Westermann". euroleague.net. 11 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Zalgiris inks playmaker Westermann". Euroleague. May 30, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  14. ^ "CSKA brings in point guard Westermann". Euroleague.net. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Leo Westermann signs a 1+1 deal with Zalgiris Kaunas". Sportando. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  16. ^ "Serbia Hold Off France To Win Title". fibaeurope.com. August 2, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  17. ^ "France Suffocate Russia To Win Bronze". fibaeurope.com. July 24, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  18. ^ "Westermann Heads All Tournament Team". fibaeurope.com. July 22, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  19. ^ Dimitrijević, M. "Vesterman otpao sa spiska, Lovernj igra na Eurobasketu". sport.blic.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  20. ^ Leo WESTERMANN (FRA).

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