Marius Grigonis

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Marius Grigonis
Marius Grigonis (2016 Summer Olympics).jpg
No. 40 – Žalgiris Kaunas
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueLithuanian Basketball League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1994-04-26) 26 April 1994 (age 24)
Kaunas, Lithuania
NationalityLithuanian
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2016 / Undrafted
Playing career2013–present
Career history
2013–2014Žalgiris Kaunas
2013–2014Peñas Huesca
2014–2016Manresa
2016–2017Iberostar Tenerife
2017–2018Alba Berlin
2018–presentŽalgiris Kaunas
Career highlights and awards

Marius Grigonis (born 26 April 1994) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for Žalgiris Kaunas of the Lithuanian Basketball League. He can play both guard positions, as well as the small forward position.

Playing career[edit]

Before starting his professional career, Grigonis played in the NKL with the Žalgiris-Arvydas Sabonis school for four seasons. He was an important contributor to the team during his debut season, and established himself as a leader by his third season. He won bronze medals during his last two seasons with the Sabonis school team.

On 15 May 2013, Grigonis was brought into the main Žalgiris roster for a game against BC Nizhny Novgorod in the VTB United League. According to the new Žalgiris director P. Motiejūnas, Grigonis will see more playing time next season.[1]

For the 2013–14 season, Grigonis was loaned to the Spanish second division team Peñas Huesca. Finished the regular season, he was elected in the All-LEB Oro team.[2]

After spending two seasons with Bàsquet Manresa he signed a "2+1" deal with Iberostar Tenerife on 28 July 2016.[3] He was named the Final Four MVP of the Basketball Champions League 2016–17 season. On 13 July 2017, he parted ways with Tenerife.[4] The same day, he signed a three-year deal with German club Alba Berlin.[5] On 3 July 2018, Grigonis returned to Žalgiris Kaunas when he signed a three-year contract.[6]

National team career[edit]

Grigonis represented Lithuania in the U–16, U–18, U–19 and U–20 youth tournaments. He led his team to two silver medals and a bronze medal while participating in four tournaments. During the 2012 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship semifinal game, he scored the winning shot against Serbia. As a result of his contributions to the team's success, he was chosen to be included in the All–Tournament Team.[7] In 2014, coach Jonas Kazlauskas included Grigonis in the preliminary 24–player candidate list for the senior national basketball team.[8] Though, he was invited to the national team training camp for the first time only in 2016 and immediately qualified into the Olympic roster.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Sueños e ilusiones en el quinteto ideal de la temporada 2013/14 Archived 11 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine.; FEB.es, 9 April 2014
  3. ^ Vanagas, Tomas. "Oficialu: Marius Grigonis keliasi į Tenerifės komandą". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Iberostar Tenerife parts ways with Marius Grigonis, signs Rosco Allen". Sportando.com. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  5. ^ "ALBA inks shooting ace Grigonis". Eurocupbasketball.com. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Į Kauno "Žalgirį" sugrįžtantis M.Grigonis: „Noriu patirti tai, ką kiekvienais metais patiria žalgiriečiai" (VIDEO)". Žalgiris (in Lithuanian). 3 July 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ LTU - Numerous options as Kazlauskas announces list for Spain 2014 (in English)
  9. ^ "J. Kazlauskas apsisprendė: rinktinės sąrašas – be L. Lekavičiaus, bet su naujais veidais". Krepsinis.lt. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Jonas Kazlauskas paskelbė galutinį Lietuvos rinktinės dvyliktuką". 24sek.lt. Retrieved 16 July 2016.

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