Van der Mars playing for the Netherlands in 2016
|No. 21–Heroes Den Bosch|
|League||Dutch Basketball League|
|Born||November 15, 1990|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||236 lb (107 kg)|
|High school|| Canarias Basketball Academy |
(Las Palmas, Gran Canaria)
|NBA draft||2015 / Undrafted|
|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 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 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.
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.
A native of Gouda,van der Mars played for Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain.
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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.
In August 2015, Van der Mars signed with Kavala B.C. of the Greek Basket League.In January 2016, he parted ways with Kavala and signed with AVIS Rapla of the Estonian KML. 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. 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.
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On 4 July 2018, Van der Mars signed with Crelan Okapi Aalstar of the Belgian Pro Basketball League (PBL).
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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).
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