Mateusz Ponitka

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Mateusz Ponitka
EuroBasket 2017 Finland vs Poland 22.jpg
Ponitka with Poland during EuroBasket 2017
Lokomotiv Kuban
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League VTB United League
Personal information
Born (1993-08-29) August 29, 1993 (age 24)
Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland
Nationality Polish
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2015 / Undrafted
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2012 AZS Warsaw University of Technology
2012–2013 Asseco Prokom
2013–2015 Oostende
2015–2016 Zielona Góra
2016–2017 Karşıyaka
2017–2018 Canarias
2018–present Lokomotiv Kuban
Career highlights and awards

Mateusz Ponitka (born August 29, 1993) is a Polish professional basketball player for Lokomotiv Kuban of the VTB United League. He also represents the senior Polish national basketball team in international competitions. Standing at a height of 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), he plays at the shooting guard and small forward positions.

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Ponitka started playing basketball in UKS Kasprowiczanka Ostrow Wielkopolski, before moving in 2009 to AZS Warsaw University of Technology. In his first season as a professional player, he appeared in 27 games of the Polish 2nd-tier League, averaging 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 18 minutes per game. He also appeared in four games of the Polish Cup, averaging 9 points per game. In September 2010, Ponitka took part in the Basketball Without Borders camp, held in Barcelona.[1] He was named the MVP of the camp.[2]

In the 2010–11 season, he had bigger role in the team, which reflected on his stats. In April 2011, he took part in Nike Hoop Summit held in Portland, Oregon. He was the leading scorer of the World Select Team with 17 points in a 92–80 loss to the USA Team.[3] Over the season, he averaged 11.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 34 games. His team eventually won the championship, this way promoting to the Polish League in the following season.

In the 2011–12 season, due to his good performances, he was voted for the Polish League All-Star game with the most votes.[4] In the game, he was the third scorer in his team with 13 points.[5] In his final season with AZS Warsaw University of Technology, he averaged 13.6 points and 4.6 rebounds.

Asseco Prokom[edit]

On March 27, 2012, Ponitka signed a three-year deal with the Polish team Asseco Prokom.[6] He also had an option to leave the team after two seasons. In the new team, his minutes were very limited, and the player had the averages of 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds for the rest of the season. However, his team won the Polish League championship, by defeating Trefl Sopot with 78-67 in the final series.[7] In the 2012–13 season, his role in the team increased, as he averaged 8.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game over the season. He also played in the EuroLeague, averaging 8.8 points and 3.5 rebounds over 10 games.

Telenet Oostende[edit]

On August 4, 2013, he signed a three-year contract with the Belgian team Telenet Oostende.[8] In the 2013–14 season, his team won the Belgian League championship.[9]

He went undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft.

Zielona Góra[edit]

On August 4, 2015, he signed a contract with the Polish team Stelmet Zielona Góra.[10] Ponitka was named the EuroCup Rising Star of the 2015–16 season.[11]

Pınar Karşıyaka[edit]

On August 8, 2016, he signed a two-year deal with Turkish club Pınar Karşıyaka.[12]

Lokomotiv Kuban[edit]

On July 13, 2018, he signed with Russian club Lokomotiv Kuban.[13]

National team career[edit]

Ponitka was part of the Poland U-17 national basketball team which took the silver medal at the 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championship held in Germany. In the final game he scored 14 points against the United States, but his team lost by huge margin, 111–80.[14] He played against athletes like Bradley Beal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, James Michael McAdoo, Andre Drummond, Quinn Cook, Marquis Teague and others. He was named to the All-Tournament Team.[15]

In 2011, he was part of the U-18 team which took sixth place at the 2011 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship held in Poland. Over 9 tournament games, he averaged 15.3 points and 7.6 assists per game.

He officially debuted for the senior national team on August 3, 2012 in the friendly game against Montenegro. Even he played for nearly 23 minutes, he scored just 4 points.[16][17] He was a member of the team at the 2013 FIBA EuroBasket held in Slovenia. He averaged 3.6 points and 1.4 rebounds over 5 tournament games.[18]

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 Asseco Prokom 10 4 22.2 .486 .323 .381 3.5 .8 1.0 .0 8.8 7.8
Career 10 4 22.2 .486 .323 .381 3.5 .8 1.0 .0 8.8 7.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BWB Europe 2010 - Players". FIBA.com. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Basketball without Borders Europe (day 4): Ponitka and Niedzwiedzki, polish MVPs". eurohopes.com. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Ingle, Tyler. "Nike Hoop Summit: World Select Team Evaluations". NBADraft.net. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Cegliński, Łukasz. "TBL. Mateusz Ponitka, czyli oczekujcie nieoczekiwanego". warszawa.gazeta.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Północ wygrywa Mecz Gwiazd PLK, show Biednego i Pluty" (in Polish). Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Asseco Prokom sign Mateusz Ponitka to a long-term deal". sportando.com. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "ASSECO PROKOM CLINCH POLISH TITLE". FIBAEurope.com. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Belgowie potwierdzają: Mateusz Ponitka podpisał dwuletni kontrakt z Telenet Ostenda". trojmiasto.sport.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Mateusz Ponitka mistrzem Belgii z Telenetem Ostenda". interia.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Zielona Gora adds Ponitka, Gruszecki". euroleague.net. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  11. ^ 2015-16 Eurocup Rising Star Trophy winner: Mateusz Ponitka, Stelmet Zielona Gora
  12. ^ Mateusz Ponitka signs a two-year deal with Pinar Karsiyaka
  13. ^ "Lokomotiv gets former All-EuroCup selection Ponitka". EuroCupBasketball.com. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018. 
  14. ^ "Koszykówka. Polska wicemistrzem świata". .jupiter-online.at (in Polish). Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Majchrzak, Paweł. "MŚ U-17. Ponitka i Karnowski wyróżnieni". wiadomosci24.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Sopot Basket Cup: Czarnogóra silniejsza". pzkosz.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "OFICJALNE STATYSTYKI" (PDF). pzkosz.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "MATEUSZ PONITKA (POLAND)". eurobasket2013.org. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 

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