Śląsk Wrocław (basketball)

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WKS Śląsk Wrocław
WKS Śląsk Wrocław logo
NicknameWKS
Wojskowi (Military)
LeaguesPolish Basketball League
Founded1948; 74 years ago (1948)
HistoryŚląsk Wrocław
(1948–present)
ArenaHala Orbita
Capacity3,000
LocationWrocław, Poland
Team colorsGreen, White, Red
     
PresidentMichał Lizak
Head coachAndrej Urlep
Team captainMichał Gabiński
Championships17 Polish Championships
14 Polish Cups
2 Polish Supercups
Websitewks-slask.eu

WKS Śląsk Wrocław is a Polish basketball club, based in Wrocław. Founded in 1948, Śląsk is the most decorated Polish basketball club, with 17 Polish League and 14 Polish cup championships. The club currently plays in the Polish Basketball League (PLK), the highest-tier level in Polish men's basketball. The home court is Hala Orbita.

History

Since the basketball section was founded in 1948, Śląsk Wrocław has been the most decorated and most recognizable club in Polish basketball. The team has won the Polish league championships 17 times so far. Most recognized period of Śląsk's history is the "Great Śląsk Era" when the team won five championship titles in a row (1998-2002). Most of those successes where achieved with coach Andrej Urlep. The notable players playing for Śląsk Wrocław over the years were: Mieczysław Łopatka (1960s), Edward Jurkiewicz (1970s and 1980s), Jerzy Binkowski (1980s, 1990s), Dariusz Zelig (1980s, 1990s), Maciej Zieliński (1980s, 1990s, 2000s), Adam Wójcik and Dominik Tomczyk. In 2008 the club has gone into serious financial difficulties, which resulted in withdrawing the team from Polish Basketball League. After years of rebuilding attempts, the club is now back playing in the Polish Basketball League top division.[1][2] In the 2020–21 PLK season, the team finished third. Śląsk defeated Legia Warszawa 86:85 in overtime of the decisive game 3 of the bronze medal series. The result exceeded expectations as it was the club's first league podium finish in 11 years. Key players of that team included Aleksander Dziewa, Kyle Gibson, Elijah Stewart and Strahinja Jovanović.[3]

Season by season (since 1990)

Season Tier League Pos. Polish Cup European competitions
1990–91 1 PLK Champion 2 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup
T16
0-2
1991–92 1 PLK Champion Winner 1 FIBA European League / 2 European Cup
R3
1-3
1992–93 1 PLK Champion 1 FIBA EuroLeague
R2
2-2
1993–94 1 PLK Champion 1 FIBA EuroLeague
R1
0-2
1994–95 1 PLK 5th 1 FIBA EuroLeague
R1
0-2
1995–96 1 PLK Champion 3 FIBA Korać Cup
R1
1-1
1996–97 1 PLK 4th Winner 2 FIBA EuroCup
QF
9-7
1997–98 1 PLK Champion 2 FIBA EuroCup
QF
9-6
1998–99 1 PLK Champion 2 FIBA Saporta Cup
R32
5-7
1999–00 1 PLK Champion 2 FIBA Saporta Cup
QF
10-6
2000–01 1 PLK Champion 1 FIBA SuproLeague
T16
7-13
2001–02 1 PLK Champion 1 Euroleague
RS
4–10
2002–03 1 PLK 3nd 1 Euroleague
RS
5–9
2003–04 1 PLK 2nd Winner 1 Euroleague
RS
6–8
2004–05 1 PLK 5th Winner 2 ULEB Cup
T16
6–6
2005–06 1 PLK 5th 3 FIBA EuroCup
T16
6–6
2006–07 1 PLK 3rd
2007–08 1 PLK 3rd[a] Runner-up 2 ULEB Cup
T32
5–7
2008–09 3 II Liga 11th
2009–10 3 II Liga 12th
2010–11 3 II Liga 12th
2011–12 3 II Liga 1st
2012–13 2 I Liga 1st
2013–14 1 PLK 9th Winner
2014–15 1 PLK 5th Quarterfinalist
2015–16 1 PLK 14th[b] 3 FIBA Europe Cup
R32
4–8
2016–17 3 II Liga 1st
2017–18 2 I Liga 9th
2018–19 2 I Liga 2nd
2019–20 1 PLK 7th[c]
2020–21 1 PLK 3rd Quarterfinalist
  1. ^ Withdrew from the PLK after bankruptcy.
  2. ^ Withdrew from the PLK due to financial problems.
  3. ^ Season shortened due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Players

Current roster

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


Śląsk Wrocław roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name
PG 0 United States Trice, Travis 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 29 – (1993-01-22)22 January 1993
PG 2 Poland Kolenda, Łukasz 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 22 – (1999-07-28)28 July 1999
G/F 3 Poland Karolak, Jakub 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 28 – (1993-09-26)26 September 1993
F/C 5 Turkey Kanter, Kerem 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 27 – (1995-04-29)29 April 1995
SG 6 United States Justice, Kodi 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 27 – (1995-04-03)3 April 1995
PG 7 Poland Gordon, Kacper 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 20 – (2002-05-06)6 May 2002
PG 8 United States Trice, D'Mitrik 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 26 – (1996-05-02)2 May 1996
PF 10 Poland Wójcik, Jan 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 22 – (1999-11-11)11 November 1999
F/C 11 Poland Dziewa, Aleksander 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 24 – (1997-11-06)6 November 1997
F/C 15 Poland Gabiński, Michał (C) 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 35 – (1987-02-11)11 February 1987
C 18 Poland Tomczak, Szymon 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 24 – (1998-01-17)17 January 1998
C 19 Latvia Meiers, Mārtiņš 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 31 – (1991-01-30)30 January 1991
SG 20 United States Bibbs, Justin 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 26 – (1996-01-14)14 January 1996
F 21 Poland Zagórski, Maksymilian 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 23 – (1999-05-13)13 May 1999
SG 24 Poland Marchewka, Kacper 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 19 – (2002-07-24)24 July 2002
F 27 Croatia Ramljak, Ivan 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 31 – (1990-08-09)9 August 1990
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: February 13, 2022

Retired numbers

Śląsk Wrocław retired numbers
Nat. Player Position Tenure
9 Poland Maciej Zieliński F 1987–1992, 1995–2006

Notable players

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

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Achievements

  • Polish League (17):
    • Winner (17): 1965, 1970, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
    • Runners-up (6): 1963, 1964, 1972, 1978, 1989, 2004
    • Third place (15): 1960, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1990, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2021
  • 1 Liga (1):
    • Winner (1): 2012–13
  • Polish Cup (14):
    • 1957, 1959, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2014
  • Polish Supercup (2):
    • 1999, 2000

See also

References

  1. ^ "Jak to było?" (in Polish). WKS Śląsk Wrocław. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Club profile: Slask Wroclaw". 7DAYS EuroCup. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
  3. ^ EBL: Aleksander Dziewa: To nieopisana radość. Nikt w Polsce na nas nie stawiał Mariusz Hawryszczuk (Polsat Sport), 25 April 2021. Accessed 20 May 2021.(in Polish)

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