Ian Vougioukas (alternate spelling: Ian Vouyoukas) (Greek: Ίαν Βουγιούκας; born May 31, 1985) is a Greek professional basketball player for Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League and the Euroleague. Standing at 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in), he plays at the center position. He played college basketball in the United States, for Saint Louis University.
|No. 15 – Panathinaikos|
|League||Greek Basket League|
|Born||May 31, 1985|
London, United Kingdom
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||280 lb (127 kg)|
|College||Saint Louis (2003–2007)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Early life and careerEdit
Vougioukas, who was born in London, England, started playing basketball in his native country of Greece, with the youth clubs of Aris Glyfadas, Kronos, and Ilysiakos. He them moved to the United States, to play college basketball. He stayed in the U.S. until the end of the 2006–07 season.
While playing NCAA Division I college basketball with the Saint Louis Billikens, Vougioukas was named First-Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference and was ranked 14th in the A-10 in scoring, at 13.9 points per game, and sixth in rebounding, at 7.4 rebounds per game. One of his college highlights was a game-high 28 point performance, in a 65–64 double-overtime loss to Dayton, on March 3, 2007. In the same game, he also grabbed 11 rebounds.
After college, Vougioukas signed a three-year contract with the Greek EuroLeague club Olympiacos Piraeus. He was loaned to Rethymno, and he played with the squad during the 2007–08 season. In 2008, he returned to Olympiacos.
Vougioukas was loaned again, this time to Greek club Panellinios, for the 2009–10 season. In 2010, he signed with Greek club Panathinaikos, to a 2-year €1,620,000 euros gross income (€900,000 net income) contract. With Panathinaikos, Vougioukas won the EuroLeague and Greek League championships in 2011. He also won the Greek Cup title with Panathinaikos, in 2012.
In September 2014, Vougioukas signed a one-year deal with the Turkish club Galatasaray, of the Turkish Super League. In December 2014, he left Galatasaray. On February 26, 2015, he signed with ratiopharm Ulm of the German Bundesliga, for the rest of the season.
On 8 September 2015, Vougioukas signed a one-year deal with the Lithuanian League club Žalgiris Kaunas. On 17 August 2016, Vougioukas signed a 1+1 deal with the Russian club Lokomotiv Kuban. On July 1, 2017, Lokomotiv officially opted out of their deal with Vougioukas.
On July 4, 2017, Vougioukas returned to his former team, Panathinaikos, signing a 1+1 deal with them. He was later named the team's captain. On August 1, 2019, Vougioukas renewed his contract with Panathinaikos, once again signing a 1+1 deal.
National team careerEdit
Greek junior national teamEdit
Vougioukas was a member of the junior Greek national basketball teams. With Greece's junior national teams, he played at the 2001 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship, the 2004 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, and the 2005 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. He also won the bronze medal at the 2003 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, and the silver medal at the 2005 FIBA Under-21 World Cup. He also won the silver medal at the 2009 Mediterranean Games, with Greece's under-26 national team.
Greek senior national teamEdit
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Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
- All-Atlantic 10 Conference First Team: (2006)
- Greek League Best Young Player: (2008)
- 3× Greek All Star Game: (2010, 2011, 2018)
- EuroLeague Champion: (2011)
- 2× Greek League Champion: (2011, 2018)
- Greek Cup Winner: (2012)
- Russian Cup Winner: (2014)
- Lithuanian League Champion: (2016)
Greek junior national teamEdit
- "Turket2010.fiba.com - Player Profile". Archived from the original on 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2010-07-03.
- Saint Louis vs. Dayton - Recap - March 03, 2007 - ESPN.
- Saint Louis vs. Dayton - Box Score - March 03, 2007 - ESPN.
- "Δανεικοί Βουγιούκας - Αποστολίδης". sentragoal.gr. 2007-09-14. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
- Euroleague.net - Olympiacos swoops up center Vougioukas.
- Euroleague.net Panathinaikos inks Vougioukas, Kaimakoglou.
- Euroleague.net Unics tabs low-post threat Vougioukas.
- УНИКС пополнился Яном Вуюкасом (in Russian).
- Sport24.gr Ο Βουγιούκας με 2 εκατ. ευρώ στο Καζάν (in Greek).
- Galatasaray reinforces frontline with Vougioukas.
- Ian Vougioukas tweets he has signed with Ratiopharm Ulm.
- Zalgiris Kaunas announces Ian Vougioukas.
- Lokomotiv Kuban signs Ian Vougioukas to a 1+1 deal.
- Спасибо, Ян! (in Russian).
- Επέστρεψε ο Βουγιούκας. (in Greek).
- Ian Vougioukas extends with Panathinaikos.
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