Raitis Grafs

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Raitis Grafs
Raitis Grafs, Armands Šķēle, Estonia-Latvia, 2006.jpg
Raitis Grafs (left) with Armands Šķēle playing against Estonia in 2006.
Personal information
Born (1981-06-12) June 12, 1981 (age 37)
Riga, Latvia
Nationality Latvian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
College Valparaiso (1999–2003)
NBA draft 2003 / Undrafted
Playing career 1997–present
Position Center
Number 11
Career history
1997–1999 Broceni Riga
2003–2004 BC Telindus Oostende
2004–2005 Śląsk Wrocław
2005–2006 BK Ventspils
2006–2009 ASK Rīga
2009–2010 BC Šiauliai
2010 VEF Rīga
2011 BK SPU Nitra
2011–2012 Apollon Limassol BC
2012 BC Šiauliai
2012 BC Rakvere Tarvas
2012–2014 Valga/Maks&Moorits
2016 VEF skola

Raitis Grafs (born June 12, 1981) is a Latvian professional basketball center. Born in Riga, Latvia, he is a member of the Latvia national basketball team.[1]

In kindergarten, Grafs met Kristaps Valters and they became fast friends.[citation needed] Since then, the two have grown to be best friends and teammates on the Latvia national basketball team. As a teenager, Grafs was regarded[by whom?] as one of the best prospects in Europe averaging 13.8 points and 10.5 rebounds at the 1998 U18 European Championship. He posted similar numbers (11.9 ppg and 11.0 rpg) at the 1999 World Junior Championship during which he was voted a First Team All-Star. At 16 years 5 months, Grafs became the youngest Latvian National Team member. For the next step in his career he chose to study at Valparaiso University; during four years at Valparaiso University (NCAA) he was nominated newcomer of the year in the conference. After university he returned to Europe and played in Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Estonia, Cyprus and Latvia.

References

  1. ^ "RAITIS GRAFS basketball profile". eurobasket.com. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 


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