Vezenkov, Stoichkov’s ‘nephew’ has grown up in Piraeus

Vezenkov, Stoichkov’s ‘nephew’ has grown up in Piraeus

Alexander Vezenkov (6-8-1995, Nicosia), surely the great threat of Spain this Thursday in its debut against Bulgaria, grew up in a Greek community of Cyprus. His father had gone to play there, Sasho Vezenkovwho became captain of the Bulgarian basketball team, with which he played three Eurobaskets. that triangle CyprusGreeceBulgaria allowed, over the years, Sasha, who has all three passports, to choose to play with Bulgaria despite the fact that her first language is Greek (her sister Michaela played with Cyprus). In Hellenic lands, his surname ends in ‘f’: Vezenkof.

Basketball prodigy, with a privileged left wrist, Vezenkov he left at the age of 14 Greece to play in the quarry Arisclub with which he debuted at the age of 16. In 2013 and 2014 he was already the best young player in the Greek League; and in 2015, at just 20 years old, he was the most valuable Player of the competition. He was already prepared to take the leap. Despite the interest of Panathinaikos (the club of one of his idols, Diamonds) and Valencia, among others, decided to play in the barcawho paid 315,000 euros for his transfer. The power forward (2.06 meters, 102 kilos) signed a four-year contract at a rate of half a million euros per course. Barcelona and Bulgaria have a name in common, that of Hristo Stoichkov. The father of Vezenkov he had a relationship with Stoichkov. That allowed them to have some coffee in the Barcelona. In an interview to SportThe left-hander even said that he vaguely remembered encounters between his father and the culé idol when he was barely four years old. After three seasons in the Barcelonawhere it was not strange to see him walk by The Rambla hanging around La Boqueriahis cycle ended barca rescinded him) and was reunited with Bartzokas. Surely, the coach who has believed in him the most. At his charge, the Bulgarian with the three passports has recovered, seven years later, the condition of most valuable Player of greek league: Averaged 15.5 points on 43% shooting from 3-point range, 7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24 minutes on average.

Selected in the second round of the draft (number 57) by the Brooklyn networksand despite having received the invitation from the Kings to attend the summer league of Las Vegas, Vezenkov has decided to continue one more year in the Olympiacos and not make the jump to the NBA, where his other idol played, Dirk Nowitzky. She has never finished making the leap to USA. In 2013, Xavier’s university invited him to play with the ‘Musketeers’, but he was too good at Thessaloniki. Vezenkoveither Vezenkofhas grown older in Greece.

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