PBC Academic

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Lukoil Academic
Lukoil Academic logo
Nickname The Students (Студентите)
Leagues NBL
FIBA Europe Cup
Founded 1947; 70 years ago (1947)
History PBC Academic
Arena Armeets Arena
Arena Capacity 12,395
Location Sofia, Bulgaria
Team colors White and Red
President Valentin Zlatev
Team manager Rumen Guninsky
Head coach Sharon Drucker
Championships 26 Bulgarian Leagues
11 Bulgarian Cups
1 International Students' Cup
Website http://www.lukoilacademic.bg/

PBC Academic (Bulgarian: ПБК "Академик") also known as Lukoil Academic after its title sponsor, is a Bulgarian professional basketball club based in the capital Sofia. They play their home games at the Universiade Hall or at the Pravets sports complex.

Founded in 1947 as part of the Academic Sofia sports club, they have won the championship of Bulgaria 25 times and won the Bulgarian Cup 11 times. Among their international honours are two FIBA European Champions Cup finals (both lost to Rīgas ASK) in 1958 and 1959 and an International Students' Cup in 1957.

In 2000, the team were renamed Lukoil Academic as a sponsorship deal was signed with Russian oil giant LUKoil, and quickly established themselves as dominant in the Bulgarian Championship. Since then they have been a regular ULEB Cup participant, and won the FIBA Europe Regional Challenge Cup Conference South in 2003.


Basketball club Academic Sofia was founded in 1947 as a part of the students' sports association Academic and during its history of more than half a century it has won a just place among the best teams in the country. Under the guidance of ones of the most experienced coaches in Bulgarian basketball - Bozhidar Takev, Veselin Temkov, Neycho Neychev, Tzvetan Zheliazkov, Petko Marinov, etc., BC Academic is 20 times republic champion and nine times winner of the Bulgarian Cup. Along with the titles in the domestic championships and tournaments, naturally comes the international recognition. The basketball players of Academic have successfully played in the tournaments for the Cup of the European champions. With the coach Bozhidar Takev they were twice finalists against Rīgas ASK in 1958 and 1959. In 1957 in Paris the team of Academic became the world's students champion. During its entire existence basketball club Academic has always been a school for the professional improvement and constructive contribution of some of the best Bulgarian basketball players. Stars like Liubomir Panov, Georgi Panov, Viktor Radev, Nikola Ilov, Mihail Semov. Petar Lazarov, Dimitar Sahanikov, Georgi Barzakov, Nikola Atanasov, Atanas Golomeev, Temelaki Dimitrov, Stefan Filipov, Slavei Raychev, Vladimir Boyanov have left their permanent marks in the history of the Bulgarian basketball.

The excellent training of the Academic players and their complete devotion to the game have always been highly evaluated by our national basketball selectionists. Direct participants in the glorious moments of the Bulgarian basketball - the fifth place at the Olympic Games in Melbourne - 1956 and the vice-champion's title at the European Championship - Sofia'57 are the national players Liubomir Panov, Georgi Panov, Viktor Radev, Nikola Ilov, Mihail Semov, Petar Lazarov.

The glorious tradition of the club was revived again in 2000 when Lukoil Bulgaria became the main sponsor of the team. The selection of Lukoil Academic was oriented towards young and talented players, who under the clever guidance of the senior coach Petko Marinov and his assistants built the youngest team in the republican basketball. Renewed was also the work at the adolescents school of the club, from which some players have already shown considerable success at the home championships. The long-term strategy of Lukoil Academic has shown its first results already in season 2001–02. The talented players of Petko Marinov won the cup of the country and played the most attractive final in the play-offs in the championship for the last ten years. Today the name of Lukoil Academic is again a symbol of good basketball. The ambitions of the club are the republican champion's title and the good performance at the European club tournaments.


Domestic competitions[edit]

Winners (26): 1957, 1958, 1959, 1963, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
Winners (11): 1952, 1954, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013
Winners (1): 2016
Runners-up (1): 2017

European competitions[edit]

Runners-up (2): 1958, 1958–59
Winners(1): 2003

Worldwide competitions[edit]

  • International Students' Cup
Winners (1): 1957

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. W–L Bulgarian Cup European competitions
2013–14 1 NBL 2nd 2 Eurocup RS 4–6
2014–15 1 NBL 1st 31–4 Runner-up 3 EuroChallenge RS 2–4
2015–16 1 NBL 1st 33–2 Runner-up 3 FIBA Europe Cup R2 5–7
2016–17 1 NBL 1st 28–7 Runner-up 3 Champions League QR2 1–1
4 FIBA Europe Cup R2 7–5
2017–18 1 NBL 3 Champions League QR3 2–2
4 FIBA Europe Cup RS 2–4

Current roster[edit]

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

PBC Lukoil Academic roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 2 United States Raffa, Anthony 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 77 kg (170 lb) 28 – (1989-09-02)2 September 1989
SF 8 Bulgaria Stoyanov, Nikolay 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 23 – (1994-03-10)10 March 1994
SG 10 Bulgaria Avramov, Bozhidar 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 27 – (1990-03-08)8 March 1990
PG 13 Bulgaria Velikov, Asen 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 31 – (1986-01-11)11 January 1986
SF 18 Bulgaria Nikolov, Hristo 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 32 – (1985-10-02)2 October 1985
SF 20 United States Pepper, Dalton 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 27 – (1990-05-24)24 May 1990
SG 22 Bulgaria Ivanov, Pavlin 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 24 – (1993-03-28)28 March 1993
PF 24 United States Knox, Justin 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 28 – (1989-01-13)13 January 1989
SG 25 United States Wesley, Byron 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 24 – (1992-12-26)26 December 1992
PF 33 United States Clanton, Keith 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 113 kg (249 lb) 27 – (1990-08-18)18 August 1990
PF 34 Bulgaria Dimitrov, Dimitar 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 24 – (1993-03-01)1 March 1993
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Bulgaria Miroslav Ralchev
  • Bulgaria Ivan Kotsev
Strength & conditioning coach(es)
  • Serbia Saša Jakovljević
  • Bulgaria Vasil Vasilev
Team manager
  • Bulgaria Rumen Guninsky

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 16 January 2017

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Justin Knox
PF Keith Clanton Dimitar Dimitrov
SF Hristo Nikolov Dalton Pepper Nikolay Stoyanov
SG Byron Wesley Pavlin Ivanov
PG Anthony Raffa Bozhidar Avramov

Notable players[edit]

Notable coaches[edit]

External links[edit]