Aris Leeuwarden

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Aris Leeuwarden
Aris Leeuwarden logo
Leagues Dutch Basketball League
Founded 2004; 15 years ago (2004)
Arena Sporthal Kalverdijkje
Capacity 1,700
Location Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Main sponsor Univé
President G.J. Meelker
Team manager Gert Schurer

Aris Leeuwarden is a Dutch professional basketball club based in Leeuwarden. It has competed in the Dutch Basketball League since 2004. Aris plays its home games at Sporthal Kalverdijkje.


The parent club was actually founded in 1992, when the clubs Sporty and Ymir merged into BV Aris. In 2004 the professional team was founded, when the team promoted from the Promotiedivisie – the Dutch second tier league – to the Eredivisie. The team, coached by Tom Simpson, was named Woon!Aris for sponsorship reasons and reached the Playoffs in its first season. After then, the team failed to reach the postseason for four seasons. In 2009–10, Aris, then named De Friesland Aris, reached the playoff semi-finals for the first time.

In the 2012–13 season, Aris was in financial trouble after it lost their main sponsor Lasaulec.[1] Despite these circumstances Aris' squad – which included All-Stars Holcomb-Faye and Givens – reached the DBL Finals. Rival #1 seed Den Bosch was knocked out of the tournament 3–1 in the semi-finals. In the Finals Aris played ZZ Leiden and lost 0–4 to the #2 seed of the regular season.[2]

Before the start of the 2013–14 Aris got a new main sponsor in Univé, which guaranteed the existence of the team.[3] The capacity of Sportcentrum Kalverdijkje was also increased from 800 to 1,700 to further increase the stability for the club's future.[4]

Season by season

Season Tier League Pos. Dutch Cup
2004–05 1 DBL 7th
2005–06 1 DBL 10th
2006–07 1 DBL 9th Semifinalist
2007–08 1 DBL 10th
2008–09 1 DBL 10th
2009–10 1 DBL 4th Fourth round
2010–11 1 DBL 5th Quarterfinalist
2011–12 1 DBL 6th Fourth place
2012–13 1 DBL 2nd Semifinalist
2013–14 1 DBL 7th Semifinalist
2014–15 1 DBL 6th Quarterfinalist
2015–16 1 DBL 7th Semifinalist
2016–17 1 DBL 7th Quarterfinalist


The teampicture of the Aris roster of the 2011–12 season

Current roster

Aris Leeuwarden roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht.
G 2 United States Blackman, Emile 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
G 3 Netherlands Thomas, Nathanael 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
G/F 4 Netherlands Peterson, Leroy 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
G 5 Netherlands Mladenovic, Stefan 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
F/C 6 Netherlands Lemke, Sven 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
PG 7 Lithuania Kumelis, Deividas 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)
F 8 Netherlands Bunschoten, Niels 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
G 10 Netherlands Lietmeijer, Valentijn 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
F 11 United States Kratch, Nate 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
C 12 Canada Lufile, Meshack 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
C 13 United States Heath, Josiah 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
C 14 Netherlands Musters, Nathaniel 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
Head coach
  • Belgium Tony van den Bosch

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

  • Roster
Updated: 24 October 2017

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Notable players

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Head coaches

Name From To Honours
Netherlands Erik Braal 2011 2013
Netherlands Ed Molthoff 2013 February 2014
Netherlands Tom Simpson February 2014 2015
Netherlands Michael Schuurs 2015 2016
Netherlands Klaas Stoppels 2016 2017
Belgium Tony van den Bosch[5] 2017 present


  1. ^ "Huis aan Huis Leeuwarden maakt gebruik van cookies". Aris in nood na vertrek hoofdsponsor Lasaulec; hoop gevestigd op gemeente (in Dutch). 1 June 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  2. ^ Fryslân, Redaksje Omrop (24 May 2013). "Aris geen basketbalkampioen". Omrop Fryslân (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Sportcomplex Kalverdijkje, Leeuwarden". Jorritsma bouw (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Tony van den Bosch nieuwe headcoach Aris Leeuwarden". Aris Leeuwarden (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 August 2018.

External links

  • Official website
  • Aris Leeuwarden Page
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