Vassil Evtimov during EuroBasket 2009
|Position||Power forward / Center|
May 30, 1977 |
|Nationality||French / Bulgarian|
|Listed height||2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)|
|Listed weight||120 kg (265 lb)|
|High school||Long Island Lutheran
(Brookville, New York)
|College||North Carolina (1996–1999)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Undrafted|
|1997–1998||Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez|
|2002||PBC Ural Great Perm|
|2003–2005||Caja San Fernando|
|Career highlights and awards|
Vassil Iliev "Vasco" Evtimov (Bulgarian: Васил Илиев "Васко" Евтимов) (born 30 May 1977) is a French-Bulgarian professional basketball player who plays for Levski Sofia of the Bulgarian League. He is a 2.08 m power forward.
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).
After being selected as a 1995 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.
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.
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.
In February 2015, he signed with Levski Sofia.
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.