Tomas Van Den Spiegel
Van den Spiegel in a warm up with Real Madrid.
10 July 1978 |
|Listed height||7 ft 0.25 in (2.14 m)|
|Listed weight||260 lb (118 kg)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Undrafted|
|2007–2008||Prokom Trefl Sopot|
|Career highlights and awards|
Tomas Van Den Spiegel (born 10 July 1978 in Ghent, Belgium) is a Belgian former professional basketball player and the current president of ULEB. At a height of 2.14 m (7 ft ¼) tall, he played at the center position.
Basketball playing career
Van Den Spiegel first began playing basketball in the youth age club ranks of Osiris Denderleeuw, from 1987–1995, and then with the youth clubs of Okapi Aalst. He debuted at age 17, in the Belgian first division. He was named Belgian League Rookie of the year in 1996. In 1997, he moved to Sunair Oostende. With Oostende, he won two Belgian League championship titles and 2 Belgian Cups.
In 2001, he was named the Belgian Player of the Year, and he then signed a three-year contract with the top-tier level Italian LBA League club Fortitudo Bologna, where he was a EuroLeague runner-up in 2004. He them moved to the Italian club Virtus Roma. After a season-and-a-half with Virtus Roma, he chose the Russian club CSKA Moscow, as his next career destination.
With CSKA Moscow, Van Den Spiegel won the EuroLeague championship in both 2006 and 2008. With CSKA, he was also a EuroLeague runner-up in 2007. With CSKA, Van Den Spiegel also won three Russian Championships and two Russian Cups.
After a couple of short stints, one in Poland with Prokom Trefl Sopot, and one in the Ukraine with Azovmash Mariupol, he played two seasons with Real Madrid. After moving to the Italian club Olimpia Milano for the 2010–11 season, he moved back to the Belgian League, in early 2011, as he signed a 4-and-a-half year contract with Telenet Oostende in March 2011. He announced his retirement from playing basketball, in July 2013.