Olek Czyż

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Olek Czyż
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Czyż during his tenure with Virtus Roma
No. 32 – Juvecaserta Basket
Position Small forward / Power forward
League Serie A
Personal information
Born (1990-03-03) March 3, 1990 (age 27)
Gdynia, Poland
Nationality Polish
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Reno (Reno, Nevada)
College Duke (2008–2010)
Nevada (2010–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Undrafted
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–2013 Virtus Roma
2013–2014 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2014 Canton Charge
2015 Turów Zgorzelec
2015–2016 Pistoia Basket 2000
2016-2016 Juvecaserta Basket
Career highlights and awards

Aleksander "Olek" Czyż (born March 3, 1990) is a Polish professional basketball player who plays for Juvecaserta Basket of Serie A. He has also represented the Polish national team.

Early years and college[edit]

Czyż grew up playing basketball in Poland. He first started playing when he was 10 years old for a club team called Prokom Trefl Gdynia. At the age of 14, he moved with his mother and sister to the United States and attended Reno High School, where he was a two-time state champion. He earned numerous scholarships to colleges around the country going into his senior year of high school. Throughout his freshman and half of his sophomore years, he played for Duke University.[1] He transferred to the University of Nevada, Reno, where he played during the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons. During his junior year, he was selected for the WAC All-Newcomer team. During his senior year, he was selected for the first-team All-WAC and led the Wolf Pack to a conference championship. Czyż graduated from Nevada with a bachelor's degree in speech communications in May 2012.[2]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2012 NBA draft, Czyż joined the Chicago Bulls for the 2012 NBA Summer League. On August 12, 2012, he signed with Virtus Roma of Italy for the 2012–13 season.[3]

In July 2013, Czyż joined the Portland Trail Blazers for the 2013 NBA Summer League. On September 30, 2013, he signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.[4] However, he was waived by the Bucks on October 26, 2013.[5] In November 2013, he was acquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants as an affiliate player.[6] On January 2, 2014, he was traded to the Canton Charge.[7]

On June 25, 2014, Czyż signed with Enel Brindisi of Italy for the 2014–15 season.[8] In July 2014, he joined the NBA D-League Select Team for the 2014 NBA Summer League. Upon his arrival at Brindisi, he failed his physicals and was subsequently released on August 25, 2014.[9][10]

On January 7, 2015, Czyż signed with PGE Turów Zgorzelec of Poland for the rest of the 2014–15 season.[11] After the regular season, he was named the PLK Rookie of the Year.




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