Vytautas Budriūnas

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Vytautas Budriūnas
Vytautas Budriūnas (portrait).jpg
Vytautas Budriūnas in 1939
Personal information
Born December 19, 1908
Waukegan, Illinois
Died June 28, 2003(2003-06-28) (aged 94)
Wisconsin, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg)
Vytautas Budriūnas with Lithuania team

Vytautas Budriūnas (Americanized his name as Walter "Whitey" Budrun; born December 19, 1908; died June 28, 2003[1]) was a Lithuanian basketball player. He won gold medal at EuroBasket 1939 with Lithuania national basketball team. He was notable for his one-handed jumpshot (he used it because of a left arm that never straightened after being broken)[2][3] and is one of the hookshot founders.

Biography[edit]

In 1934 he graduated Marquette University. Played for college stars team (Marquette University team). In 1938 he arrived to Lithuania and competed for Lithuania national basketball team during EuroBasket 1939.[4] During EuroBasket 1939 he scored 73 points combined.

Later he returned to United States and worked as a coach and school sports director (1940–1959).

In 2007 he was named fourth during the most famous Lithuanian basketball player election.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ United States Social Security Death Index, FamilySearch. (in English)
  2. ^ Darts & Laurels, in «The News Sun - Waukegan», August 8, 2003. (in English)
  3. ^ European Championships for Men, Lithuanian Basketball Research. (in English)
  4. ^ Marquette Men's Basketball In the Summer Olympics, gomarquette.com. (in English)
  • Stanislovas Stonkus, Vytautas Budriūnas - Visuotinė lietuvių enciklopedija, T. III (Beketeriai-Chakasai). – Vilnius: Science and encyclopedia publishing institute, 2003, page 563
  • Vidas Mačiulis, Vytautas Gudelis. Halė, kurioje žaidė Lubinas ir Sabonis. 1939–1989 – Respublikinis sporto kombinatas, Kaunas, 1989