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Erazem Lorbek
Lorbek with Lottomatica Roma.
Lorbek with Lottomatica Roma.
Position Forward-Center
Height 6 ft 10.75 in (2.10 m)
Weight 245 lb (111 kg)
League Liga ACB
Euroleague
Team FC Barcelona
Born February 21, 1984 (1984-02-21) (age 25)
Ljubljana, Slovenia, Yugoslavia
Nationality Slovenian
College Michigan State University
Draft 2nd round, 46th overall, 2005
Indiana Pacers
Pro career 1999–present
Former teams Union Olimpija (1999-02)
Fortitudo Bologna (2003-06)
Unicaja Málaga (2006-07)
Benetton Treviso (2007)
Lottomatica Roma (2007-08)
CSKA Moscow (2008-09)
Awards FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship MVP 2002
FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship MVP 2004
Euroleague Rising Star Award 2005
All-Euroleague Second Team 2009
EuroBasket 2009 All-Tournament Team

Erazem Lorbek (born February 21, 1984 in Ljubljana, Slovenia) is a Slovenian professional basketball player. He is a 6 ft 10¾ in (2.10 m) forward-center who currently plays with the Liga ACB club FC Barcelona.

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Pro career

Lorbek was developed by the youth program of KK Union Olimpija, the top basketball club in his hometown and in the Slovenian league, and he attended Michigan State University in the U.S., where he played for the Spartans in the 2002-03 season as a freshman, averaging 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. However, he chose to return to Europe after a year at Michigan State, signing a deal with Fortitudo Bologna of the Italian league, where he played from 2003 to 2006 (the team was known as Skipper Bologna in the 2003-2004 season and Climamio Bologna from 2004-2006).

Lorbek won the Euroleague 2004-05 Rising Star Award and originally declared for the 2004 NBA Draft, but he ultimately withdrew his name from consideration.[1] He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers have since allowed him to further develop his game in Europe.

Lorbek began the 2006-07 season on loan from the Spanish league club Unicaja Málaga to the Italian league club Benetton Treviso; however, in February 2007, the deal was voided by the Italian Basketball Federation due to unspecified violations of federation regulations. Lorbek then signed with Lottomatica Roma of the Italian league, where he became one of the best power forwards of the Euroleague.[2] He joined the Russian League club CSKA Moscow in 2008, with whom he reached the Euroleague final in his first season and was voted to the All-Euroleague Second Team.

On August 18, 2009 he was transferred to Liga ACB club FC Barcelona for an undisclosed fee [3]. He signed a three-year contract with the possibility to leave and join NBA after his second year. [4]

Slovenian national team

Lorbek is also a member of the Slovenian national basketball team. With Slovenia's national team he has played at the 2005, 2007 and 2009 FIBA European Championships. He was one of the top players of the 2009 tournament and earned the power forward position in the All-Tournament Team.[5]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tony Parker
FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship MVP
2002
Succeeded by
Sergio Rodríguez
Preceded by
Nikos Zisis
FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship MVP
2004
Succeeded by
Nikita Kurbanov
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