Raitis Grafs

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Raitis Grafs
Raitis Grafs, Armands Šķēle, Estonia-Latvia, 2006.jpg
Raitis Grafs (left) with Armands Šķēle playing against Estonia in 2006.
Personal information
Born (1981-06-12) June 12, 1981 (age 38)
Riga, Latvia
NationalityLatvian
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
CollegeValparaiso (1999–2003)
NBA draft2003 / Undrafted
Playing career1997–2014, 2016
PositionCenter
Number5, 13
Career history
1997–1999Broceni Riga
2003–2004BC Telindus Oostende
2004–2005Śląsk Wrocław
2005–2006BK Ventspils
2006–2009ASK Rīga
2009–2010BC Šiauliai
2010VEF Rīga
2011BK SPU Nitra
2011–2012Apollon Limassol BC
2012BC Šiauliai
2012BC Rakvere Tarvas
2012–2014Valga/Maks&Moorits
2016VEF skola

Raitis Grafs (born June 12, 1981) is a Latvian professional basketball center. Born in Riga, Latvia, he is a member of the Latvia national basketball team.[1]

In kindergarten, Grafs met Kristaps Valters and they became fast friends.[citation needed] Since then, the two have grown to be best friends and teammates on the Latvia national basketball team. As a teenager, Grafs was regarded[by whom?] as one of the best prospects in Europe averaging 13.8 points and 10.5 rebounds at the 1998 U18 European Championship. He posted similar numbers (11.9 ppg and 11.0 rpg) at the 1999 World Junior Championship during which he was voted a First Team All-Star. At 16 years 5 months, Grafs became the youngest Latvian National Team member. For the next step in his career he chose to study at Valparaiso University; during four years at Valparaiso University (NCAA) he was nominated newcomer of the year in the conference. After university he returned to Europe and played in Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Estonia, Cyprus and Latvia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RAITIS GRAFS basketball profile". eurobasket.com. Retrieved 2010-04-05.