Vlad Moldoveanu

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Vlad Moldoveanu

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Moldoveanu with Le Havre in 2012
U BT Cluj-Napoca
Position Power forward
League Liga Națională
FIBA Europe Cup
Personal information
Born (1988-02-11) February 11, 1988 (age 30)
Bucharest, Romania
Nationality Romanian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school St. John's College
(Washington, D.C.)
NBA draft 2011 / Undrafted
Playing career 2011–present
Career history
2011–2012 Benetton Treviso
2012–2013 Le Havre
2013–2014 Kalev/Cramo
2014–2015 Turów Zgorzelec
2015–2016 Stelmet Zielona Góra
2016–2017 U BT Cluj-Napoca
2017–2018 Büyükçekmece
2018–present U BT Cluj-Napoca
Career highlights and awards

Vlad-Sorin Moldoveanu (born February 11, 1988) is a Romanian professional basketball player for U BT Cluj-Napoca. He also represents the Romanian national basketball team in the international competitions. Standing at 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), he plays at the power forward position.

Basketball team sport played on a court with baskets on either end

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.

Romania national basketball team mens national basketball team representing Romania

The Romanian national basketball team represents Romania in men's international basketball competition. They are administered by the Romanian Basketball Federation. The national team has qualified for both the EuroBasket and Summer Olympics. Their best finish at either event was at 5th place for the EuroBasket, in 1957 and 1967. Romania though, has yet to qualify for the FIBA World Cup.

Power forward (basketball) position in the sport of basketball

The power forward (PF), also known as the four, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. It has also been referred to as the "post" position. Power forwards play a role similar to that of center. They typically play offensively with their backs towards the basket and position themselves defensively under the basket in a zone defense or against the opposing power forward in man-to-man defense. The power forward position entails a variety of responsibilities, one of which is rebounding. Many power forwards are noted for their mid-range jump-shot, and several players have become very accurate from 12 to 18 feet. Earlier, these skills were more typically exhibited in the European style of play. Some power forwards, known as stretch fours, have since extended their shooting range to three-point field goals.


Early life

Moldoveanu, a 6'9" forward from Bucharest, is the son of former Romanian women's basketball player Carmen Tocală (born 1962). [1]

Bucharest Capital of Romania

Bucharest is the capital and largest city of Romania, as well as its cultural, industrial, and financial centre. It is located in the southeast of the country, at 44°25′57″N26°06′14″E, on the banks of the Dâmbovița River, less than 60 km (37.3 mi) north of the Danube River and the Bulgarian border.

College career

He began playing college basketball at the George Mason University, where he played sparingly and averaged 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per game over two seasons. He then transferred to American University, where he enjoyed a breakout junior year. Moldoveanu averaged 18.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and was named first team All-Patriot League. As a senior in 2010–11, he increased his scoring to 20.1 per game and was again named first team all-conference. [2] In his last year of college he was also named in the Reese's College All-Star Game and was the Oscar Robertson Player of the Week for the week of Jan 9th 2011 after averaging 31.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game during that week. [3]

George Mason University Public liberal arts and research university in Fairfax, VA

George Mason University is a public research university with its main campus in Fairfax, Virginia. Initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, it became an independent institution in 1972. The university is named after the founding father George Mason, a Virginia planter and politician who authored the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the basis for the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights. Mason operates four campuses in Virginia, the main campus being in Fairfax, with a fifth campus in Songdo, South Korea.

American University private liberal arts and research-based university in Washington, D.C.

The American University (AU or American) is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Its main campus spans 90 acres near Ward Circle, a residential area in the northwest of the District. AU was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1893 at the urging of Methodist bishop John Fletcher Hurst, who sought to create an institution that would promote public service, internationalism, and pragmatic idealism. AU broke ground in 1902, opened in 1914, and admitted its first undergraduates in 1925. Although affiliated with the United Methodist Church, religious affiliation is not a criterion for admission.

Patriot League U.S. college athletic conference

The Patriot League is a collegiate athletic conference comprising private institutions of higher education and two United States service academies based in the Northeastern United States. Outside the Ivy League, it is among the most selective group of higher education institutions in NCAA Division I and has a very high student-athlete graduation rate for both the NCAA graduation success rate and the federal graduation rate.

During his collegiate career, he has scored 1,098 points.

Professional career

After going undrafted in the 2011 NBA draft, Moldoveanu signed a contract with the Italian team Benetton Treviso. In his first season as a professional player, he averaged 6.7 points in 37 games. [4] For the 2012–13 season, he signed with the French team Le Havre. [5] In 2012 and 2013, he has been named the Romanian Player of the Year. In August 2013, he signed a one-year deal with Kalev/Cramo. [6]

2011 NBA draft

The 2011 NBA draft was held on June 23, 2011, at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The draft started at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The Cleveland Cavaliers had the first pick due to a previous trade they had involving the Los Angeles Clippers, choosing point guard Kyrie Irving of Duke. Of the 60 players drafted, 7 were freshmen, 7 were sophomores, 14 were juniors, 19 were seniors, 12 were international players without U.S. college basketball experience, and 1 was a D-League player.

Pallacanestro Treviso basketball team

Pallacanestro Treviso, named Benetton Basket due to a long running sponsorship by the Benetton Group and widely referred to as Benetton Treviso, is an Italian youth basketball club based in Treviso, Veneto.

STB Le Havre basketball team

Saint Thomas Basket Le Havre or simply STB Le Havre is a basketball club based in Le Havre, France that plays in the Pro B division of the Ligue Nationale de Basket (LNB). Their home arena is Dock Océane.

On July 18, 2014, he signed a contract with the Polish team Turów Zgorzelec. [7] On July 11, 2015, he signed with Stelmet Zielona Góra. [8] On June 20, 2016, he signed with U-Banca Transilvania. [9]

Turów Zgorzelec

PGE Turów Zgorzelec is a Polish professional basketball team that is based in Zgorzelec. The club plays in the Polish League (PLK). The club's home court for domestic Polish League games is the PGE Turów Arena. The club is sponsored by the PGE Group, and they are also the club's name sponsor as well.

Basket Zielona Góra Polish basketball team

Basket Zielona Góra, also known as Stelmet Enea BC Zielona Góra for sponsorship reasons, or Zastal Zielona Góra as its historic name that the fans identify with, is a Polish professional basketball team that is based in Zielona Góra, Poland. The team plays in the Polish League and internationally in the Basketball Champions League. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.

On July 4, 2017, Moldoveanu signed with Turkish club Büyükçekmece Basketbol for the 2017–18 season. [10]

Büyükçekmece Basketbol

Büyükçekmece Basketbol, for sponsorship reasons Arel Üniversitesi Büyükçekmece, is a Turkish professional basketball club based in Büyükçekmece, Istanbul which plays Turkish Basketball Super League. Their home arena is Gazanfer Bilge Sports Hall with a capacity of 3,000 seats.

On July 10, 2018, Moldoveanu returned to U BT Cluj-Napoca. [11]

National team career

Moldoveanu represents the Romanian national basketball team. He played at the EuroBasket 2017. [12]

Individual awards

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  2. "All-Patriot League, Major Awards Announced for Men's Basketball". Patriot League. February 28, 2011. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
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  12. EuroBasket 2017 profile