Vassil Evtimov

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Vassil Evtimov
Vassil Evtimov EuroBasket 2009.jpg
Vassil Evtimov during EuroBasket 2009
Personal information
Born (1977-05-30) May 30, 1977 (age 40)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Nationality French / Bulgarian
Listed height 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
Listed weight 120 kg (265 lb)
Career information
High school Long Island Lutheran
(Brookville, New York)
College North Carolina (1996–1999)
NBA draft 2000 / Undrafted
Playing career 1997–present
Position Power forward / Center
Career history
1997–1998 Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez
1999–2000 Dafni Athens
2000–2001 Maroussi
2001–2002 Fortitudo Bologna
2002 PBC Ural Great Perm
2002–2003 ASVEL Basket
2003–2005 Caja San Fernando
2005 Virtus Roma
2005 Union Olimpija
2006 Orlandina Basket
2006–2007 Fortitudo Bologna
2007–2008 CB Valladolid
2008 Levski Sofia
2008–2009 Pallacanestro Reggiana
2009 BC Khimik
2009–2010 Panionios
2010 AEL Limassol
2010–2011 Mitteldeutscher BC
2011 Paris-Levallois
2011–2012 Levski Sofia
2012–2013 Limoges CSP
2013–2014 BC Orchies
2015 Levski Sofia
Career highlights and awards

Vassil Iliev "Vasco" Evtimov (Bulgarian: Васил Илиев "Васко" Евтимов) (born 30 May 1977) is a French-Bulgarian retired professional basketball player. A 2.08 m power forward, he played professionally in ten different countries throughout his career.

He is the son of Ilia and Rosalina Evtimov, his father was also a legendary professional basketball player and his brother, Ilian Evtimov is also a professional basketball player. He has been married to Mary-Martha Evtimov since September 1999 and has three children, Nicholas (2000) and Maria-Grace (2003), and Liliana-Rose (2011).

Player profile[edit]

After being selected as a 1996 McDonald's All American, Evtimov played NCAA Division I college basketball with the University of North Carolina. Although he saw limited action off the bench, he participated in two Final Fours with the Tar Heels.[1]

Evtimov was recruited by the legendary coach Dean Smith and was then caught in the transition to Coach Guthridge. Despite this, his sophomore year Evtimov lead his Tar Heel team in rebounds and points preseason until the NCAA deemed him to have had an unfair advantage by playing overseas for a professional team. He was given an 18-game suspension and returned to the team with 14 games left. Because of these circumstances, he decided to turn professional. He has played for teams in France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Russia, Ukraine and Cyprus over his ten-year professional career.[2]

Vasco Evtimov was a key player for Maroussi BC when they won the Saporta cup in 2001, averaging 13,6 points and 12,6 rebounds during that tournament. Other clubs he has played for are Pau Orthez, Dafni BC, Maroussi BC, Skipper Bologna, PBC Ural Great, ASVEL Basket, CB Sevilla, Lottomatica Roma, KK Union Olimpija, Upea Capo d'Orlando, Climamio Bologna, CB Valladolid, Reggio Emilia, BC Khimik, Panionios BC, AEL Cyprus, Mitteldeutscher BC and Paris-Levallois Basket.[3][4]

In February 2015, he signed with Levski Sofia.[5] Evtimov announced his retirement in October 2016.[6]

National team[edit]

Evtimov played for the France national basketball team at the EuroBasket 2001. He is also a member of the Bulgaria national basketball team. Apart from players who acquired new nationalities due to political changes resulting from the fall of communism in Europe, he is the only player to ever compete at EuroBasket for two countries. He was selected to compete for the Bulgarians at EuroBasket 2009, where he was the team's leading rebounder.[7]


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