Vytautas Budriūnas

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Vytautas Budriūnas
Vytautas Budriūnas (portrait).jpg
Vytautas Budriūnas in 1939
Personal information
BornDecember 19, 1908
Waukegan, Illinois
DiedJune 28, 2003(2003-06-28) (aged 94)
Wisconsin, United States
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight192 lb (87 kg)
Medal record
Men's basketball
Representing  Lithuania
FIBA EuroBasket
Gold medal – first place 1939 Kaunas Team competition
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.


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.


  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