Donatas Zavackas (born 23 April 1980) is a Lithuanian former professional basketball player. He played college basketball at University of Pittsburgh. Standing at 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m), he plays the power forward position.
|Born||23 April 1980|
Klaipėda, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||St. Vincent – St. Mary|
|NBA draft||2003 / Undrafted|
|2013||Telekom Baskets Bonn|
|Career highlights and awards|
During his successful career at Pitt, Zavackas was known as one of the most intelligent, hardworking team players in the Big East Conference. Zavackas was a key component in Head Coach Ben Howland's transformation of the Panthers into a level of league elite status. The season before Zavackas arrived, Pitt finished the Big East season in 11th place with a 5–13 record (14–16 overall). During Zavackas' four years the Panthers captured two regular season Big East Titles, played in three Big East Tournament (BET) Championship games and captured one BET Championship. Pitt also played in one National Invitation Tournament and two NCAA Tournaments (advancing to the Sweet 16 round both times) with Zavackas at power forward position.
Zavackas scored 1,099 points for the Panthers which currently places him 31st on Pitt's All Time scoring list. His .807 free throw percentage is good enough for 5th place in Panther history.
Unfortunately, many Pittsburgh fans only remember Zavackas for removing his shoes and refusing to play in the waning minutes of an NCAA Tournament game. That game, versus Marquette, would be his last career college game.
After winning third place in the Lithuanian League (LKL) with Šiauliai, he moved to Lietuvos Rytas, where he became the LKL champion in 2009. In this club he gained reputation of overly emotional player.
In August 2010, he signed a one-year contract with the German club EnBW Ludwigsburg. In June 2011, he extended his contract with Ludwigsburg for one more season. In February, 2012 he moved to BK VEF Rīga, signing a two-year contract with a team.
On September 2, 2013, he signed a one-month contract with the EuroLeague powerhouse CSKA Moscow, to work with the team during preseason period. Later that month he moved to the German team Telekom Baskets Bonn. On December 30, 2013, he signed with the Italian team Vanoli Cremona for the remainder of the season.
EuroLeague career statisticsEdit
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- "Donatas Zavackas inks with EnBW Ludwigsburg". Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
- Donatas Zavackas extends with EnBW Ludwigsburg
- "VEF Riga officially signs Donatas Zavackas". Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
- Donatas Zavackas to help CSKA during preseason
- "Telekom Baskets Bonn sign Donatas Zavackas". Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
- Donatas Zavackas to join Telekom Bonn
- "Vanoli Cremona announced Donatas Zavackas". Sportando.net. Retrieved 30 December 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Neptunas brings back Zavackas". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 4 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Zavackas è biancorosso!". www.victorialibertas.it (in Italian). 16 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)