Thomas van der Mars

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Thomas van der Mars
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Van der Mars playing for the Netherlands in 2016
No. 21Heroes Den Bosch
Position Center
League Dutch Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1990-11-15) November 15, 1990 (age 29)
Gouda, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Canarias Basketball Academy
(Las Palmas, Gran Canaria)
College Portland (2011–2015)
NBA draft 2015 / Undrafted
Playing career2015–present
Career history
2015–2016 Kavala
2016–2017 Rapla
2017–2018 Kalev
2018–2019 Okapi Aalstar
2019–present Heroes Den Bosch
Career highlights and awards

Thomas van der Mars (born November 15, 1990) is a Dutch professional basketball player for Heroes Den Bosch of the Dutch Basketball League. Standing at 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), he usually plays as center.

Basketball Team sport

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

Heroes Den Bosch basketball team from the Netherlands

Heroes Den Bosch is a Dutch professional basketball club based in 's-Hertogenbosch. The club plays in the Dutch Basketball League (DBL), the top basketball division in the Netherlands, since 1972. Founded as EBBC in 1951, the club would have several sponsored names the following decades.

Dutch Basketball League sports league

The Dutch Basketball League (DBL), formerly the Eredivisie, is the highest professional basketball league in the Netherlands. The league has a closed system. To participate, a team has to have enough money and potential. The league began in 1960 as the Eredivisie and was organized by the NBB and later the FEB. In 1977 the league introduced the play-offs. As of 2019, the Dutch Basketball League consists of ten teams and plays under the FIBA rules.

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Early career

A native of Gouda, [1] van der Mars played for Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain. [2]

Gouda, South Holland City and municipality in South Holland, Netherlands

Gouda is a city and municipality in the west of the Netherlands, between Rotterdam and Utrecht, in the province of South Holland. Gouda has a population of 72,338 and is famous for its Gouda cheese, stroopwafels, many grachten, smoking pipes, and its 15th-century city hall. Its array of historic churches and other buildings makes it a very popular day trip destination.

Canarias Basketball Academy

Canarias Basketball Academy is a basketball institute based in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

College

Thomas van der Mars played four years at Portland, averaging 13.5 pts and 7.2 rebs as a junior and 10.4 pts and 8.0 rebs as a senior.

Professional career

In August 2015, Van der Mars signed with Kavala B.C. of the Greek Basket League. [3] In January 2016, he parted ways with Kavala and signed with AVIS Rapla of the Estonian KML. [4] Van der Mars had a successful season, as he claimed KML Most Valuable Player and All-KML Team honors on his way to the league finals. [5] Over the 2017–18 season, he averaged 15.5 points (fifth in the league) and 12.3 rebounds per game (first in the league). With Rapla, he qualified for the team's first ever KML finals. However, Van der Mars and Rapla lost to Kalev Cramo, being swept 0–4.

Kavala B.C. Greek basketball club

Kavala B.C. is a Greek professional basketball club that is located in Kavala, Greece. The club is also known as E.K. Kavalas, with the club's full name being Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas, which means Kavala Basketball Union. The club competes in the 2nd-tier level Greek A2 Basket League.

Greek Basket League highest-level professional basketball league in Greece

The Greek Basket League (GBL), often also referred to as the Greek Basketball League, Greek A1 Basketball League, or Greek Basketball Championship, and known as the betshop.gr Basket League for sponsorship reasons, is the first tier professional basketball league in Greece. It is run by HEBA, under the legal authority of the Hellenic Basketball Federation (E.O.K.). The league is also known as the Betshop.gr Basket League for sponsorship reasons.

Rapla KK, also known as Avis Utilitas Rapla for sponsorship reasons, is a professional basketball club based in Rapla, Estonia. The team plays in the Latvian–Estonian Basketball League. Their home arena is the Sadolin Sports Hall.

In the 2017 offseason, he signed with Estonian defending champions Kalev Cramo. [6]

On 4 July 2018, Van der Mars signed with Crelan Okapi Aalstar of the Belgian Pro Basketball League (PBL). [7]

Pro Basketball League

The Pro Basketball League (PBL), for sponsorship reasons, known as the EuroMillions Basketball League, is the highest tier level professional basketball league in Belgium for clubs. Through 2014, for sponsorship reasons, the league was previously known as the Ethias League, and from 2014–2016, it was known as the Scoore! League, for sponsorship reasons. The league is organized by the Basketball League Belgium. The current president of the league is Arthur Goethals.

On 30 July 2019, van der Mars returned to the Netherlands by signing a three-year contract with New Heroes Den Bosch of the Dutch Basketball League (DBL). [8]

International career

Van der Mars made his debut for the Netherlands national basketball team on 5 August 2016, in an 84–79 loss against Poland. [9]

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References

  1. Portland Pilots Profile
  2. Thomas van der Mars inks with Kavala.
  3. FOTO: Rapla Avise uus korvialune jõud on kohal (in Estonian)
  4. Kalev/Cramo sõlmis lepingu Thomas van der Marsiga (in Estonian)
  5. "New Heroes slaat slag met Van der Mars". www.newheroesbasketball.com. Retrieved 30 July 2019.