The Basketball Federation of Ukraine (FBU) is the governing body of basketball in Ukraine. Being founded in 1992, FBU celebrates its 20-year anniversary this year. FBU manages the development and promotion of basketball through all age and competition levels. The men's top-flight in Ukraine consists of 14 teams, while six teams compete in the women's first division.
Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the country and might feel a major boost in the upcoming years, as Ukraine will host EuroBasket 2015. The men's national team, taken over by former NBA coach Mike Fratello in 2011, will be eager to achieve their best result in an international competition in front of their home crowd. Up to date Ukraine's best result was 13th place at the European Championship for Men in 1997 and 2005, respectively.
The only gold medal for a Ukrainian team came in 1995, when the women's national team were crowned champions at the European Championship Women. One year later, the team finished fourth at the Olympics in Atlanta.
|Oleksandr Volkov, President of the Ukrainian Basketball Federation, was crowned Olympic Champion in 1988. In total, he has won two gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal with the Soviet Union|
Oleksandr Volkov, the President of the Basketball Federation of Ukraine was the first Ukrainian basketball player to compete in the NBA, playing for the Atlanta Hawks from 1989 to 1992. Two more countrymen have followed his example.
Vitaly Potapenko was selected 12th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1996 NBA Draft. He played in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics, the Seattle SuperSonics, and the Sacramento Kings. Since retiring as a player, Potapenko has served as an assistant coach with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Indiana Pacers, and the Dakota Wizards. Stanislav "Slava" Medvedenko joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000. He was crowned NBA Champion in 2001 and 2002.
STATS & FACTS
Year of foundation: 1992
President: Oleksandr Volkov
Secretary General: Oleksandr Larin
Registered players (in total): 4657
- U20 Men: 2446
- U20 Women: 741
- Senior Men: 704
- Senior Women: 307
Registered clubs: 65
Registered coaches: 173
NATIONAL TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS
1995 European Championship for Women in Brno (Czech Republic): 1st place
1996 Olympic Games : Tournament for Women in Atlanta (USA): 4th place
2003 European Championship for Cadettes in Nevsehir (Turkey): 3rd place