Ukraine national basketball team

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Ukraine Ukraine
Ukrainian Basketball Federation logo.jpg
FIBA ranking29 Decrease 10 (16 September 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1992
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationFBU
CoachYevgen Murzin
Nickname(s)Головна команда
(The Main Team)
Olympic Games
FIBA World Cup
First international
Ukraine Ukraine 87–76 England 
(Wrocław, Poland; 30 May 1997)
Biggest win
 Iceland 62–101 Ukraine Ukraine
(Reykjavík, Iceland; 22 November 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Italy 99–62 Ukraine Ukraine
(Vršac, Serbia and Montenegro; 18 September 2005)

The Ukraine national basketball team (Ukrainian: збірна України з баскетболу) represents Ukraine in international basketball matches. They are controlled by the Basketball Federation of Ukraine.

After Ukrainian Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, and joining FIBA in 1992, the national team played their first official match against England on 30 May 1997, their biggest success so far on the international stage has been competing at the EuroBasket 8 times, and reaching the FIBA World Cup for the first time in 2014.


Gaining Independence[edit]

Upon Ukraine becoming independent from the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukrainian players took part on the Soviet national team during international competition; the Soviets were one of the strongest national teams in the world during this period.

EuroBasket 1997[edit]

Ukraine made their EuroBasket debut in 1997, their first official match at the tournament was not a warm welcome for the national team, as they were demolished by Spain 82-54. With less than 24 hours to regroup for their next tilt, Ukraine faced Germany where they lost again, this time by the score of 81-60. In their final match in group play, they defeated Croatia 95-88, to earn their first ever win at the European Basketball Championship. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for the team to advance to the knockout stage, so they were relegated to the classification rounds for 13th-16th place. There, they beat Latvia, and Slovenia to finish the tournament 13th overall.

EuroBasket 2013[edit]

At EuroBasket 2013, Ukraine were victorious in their first three matches of the tournament, against Belgium, Israel, and Germany. Heading into their 4th match versus the heavily favored France, the national team displayed genuine toughness in an losing effort to the eventual tournament champions 77-71. In their final game of the preliminary round, the team showed resilience in blowing out Great Britain 87-68, to advance to the second group phase. There, they were blasted in their first match in group play against Latvia, but redeemed themselves with an quality victory over Serbia a few days later, they went on to lose their final game in the group to Lithuania, but it was enough to clinch an spot in the knockout phase. In the quarterfinals Ukraine was paired up against Croatia, but the national team came up short, 84-72. With the lost, Ukraine went on to play in classification matches to determine 5th-8th place; the team defeated Italy, before falling to Slovenia to finish up at 6th place. It was the best result for the national team at the EuroBasket to that point.

2014 World Cup[edit]

Ukraine made their first appearance on the global stage at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Led by coach Mike Fratello, the national team won their first ever match in the World Cup, defeating the Dominican Republic 72-62. With their historic win under their belt, the team went into their second match of the tournament confident. Although, Finland unfortunately would come out with an narrow 81-76 victory, to drop Ukraine to an record of (1-1). Entering their third match, Ukraine went up against Turkey and the national team didn't disappoint, they eventually pulled out an hard fought 64-58 victory, before their pivotal match versus New Zealand. With an berth to the Round of 16 on the line, Ukraine needed one more victory to advance, but they were unsuccessful in the crucial match, as they lost 73-61 to head into the do-or-die tilt against the tournament favorite United States in a dire position. In the must win game for Ukraine, the national team got off to a strong start, to even possess the lead after the 1st period, but the Americans flexed their dominance thereafter, and ultimately led to the team being eliminated from the tournament all together by the score of 95-71.

2019 World Cup qualification[edit]

For qualification to the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Ukraine opened up their first round qualifying campaign with an win over Sweden, they eventually attained an (3-3) record in their group to advance to the second and final phase of qualifying. In the second group phase of qualifiers, Ukraine got it started with an big home win against Spain. Although they dropped their second match of group play to Montenegro to fall to (1-1). After that lost, the national team went on to finish up the rest of the qualifiers with an (5-7) record and being eliminated.

Competitive record[edit]


Current roster[edit]

Roster for the EuroBasket 2017.[2]

The following is the squad in the EuroBasket 2017.

Ukraine men's national basketball team – EuroBasket 2017 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
SF 4 Pustozvonov, Maksym 30 – (1987-04-16)16 April 1987 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) U BT Cluj-Napoca Romania
SG 5 Kolchenko, Oleksandr 28 – (1988-09-20)20 September 1988 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Cherkaski Mavpy Ukraine
PG 7 Lukashov, Denys 28 – (1989-04-30)30 April 1989 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Enisey Russia
SG 9 Otverchenko, Ruslan 27 – (1990-01-06)6 January 1990 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Budivelnyk Ukraine
G/F 11 Lypovyy, Oleksandr 25 – (1991-10-09)9 October 1991 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Promitheas Patras Greece
PF 12 Korniyenko, Maksym 30 – (1987-06-26)26 June 1987 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Lukoil Academic Bulgaria
SF 13 Bobrov, Vyacheslav 24 – (1992-09-19)19 September 1992 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Quimper France
F/C 14 Zaytsev, Ihor 28 – (1989-05-11)11 May 1989 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Rosa Radom Poland
C 15 Kravtsov, Viacheslav 30 – (1987-08-25)25 August 1987 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Valencia Spain
C 23 Pustovyi, Artem 25 – (1992-06-25)25 June 1992 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) Obradoiro CAB Spain
SF 24 Konev, Vladimir 28 – (1989-06-18)18 June 1989 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Khimik Ukraine
PG 31 Mishula, Olexandr 25 – (1992-04-18)18 April 1992 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) BC Dnipro Ukraine
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 August 2017

Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Artem Pustovyi Viacheslav Kravtsov
PF Ihor Zaytsev Maksym Korniyenko
SF Maksym Pustozvonov Vladimir Konev Vyacheslav Bobrov
SG Oleksandr Lypovyy Ruslan Otverchenko Oleksandr Kolchenko
PG Denys Lukashov Olexandr Mishula

Head coach position[edit]

Past rosters[edit]

1997 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams

4 Oleksandr Okunsky, 5 Grihoriy Khyzhniak, 6 Leonid Yaylo, 7 Ihor Molchanov, 8 Victor Savchenko, 9 Alexander Lokhmanchuk, 10 Denis Zhuravlov, 11 Roman Rubchenko, 12 Vadym Pudzyrey, 13 Yevheniy Murzin, 14 Dmytro Bazelevsky, 15 Ihor Kharchenko (Coach: Zaurbek Khromaev)

2001 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 16 teams

4 Andriy Lebedev, 5 Vadym Pudzyrey, 6 Viktor Kobzystyy, 7 Stanislav Balashov, 8 Viacheslav Ievstratenko, 9 Serhiy Lishchuk, 10 Nikolay Khryapa, 11 Oleksandr Okunsky, 12 Dmytro Markov, 13 Dmytro Korablov, 14 Oleksandr Rayevskyy, 15 Volodymyr Ryzhov (Coach: Gennadi Zaschuk)

2003 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 16 teams

4 Andrii Lebediev, 5 Oleksandr Rayevskyy, 6 Oleksandr Skutelnyk, 7 Stanislav Balashov, 8 Artur Drozdov, 9 Sergiy Moskalenko, 10 Nikolay Khryapa, 11 Oleksandr Okunsky, 12 Viacheslav Ievstratenko, 13 Alexander Lokhmanchuk, 14 Andriy Botichev, 15 Grigorij Khizhnyak (Coach: Gennadi Zaschuk)

2005 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 16 teams

4 Andrii Lebediev, 5 Artem Butskyy, 6 Viktor Kobzystyy, 7 Stanislav Balashov, 8 Igor Kryvych, 9 Volodymyr Koval, 10 Oleksandr Rayevskyy, 11 Rostyslav Kryvych, 12 Serhiy Lishchuk, 13 Oleksiy Pecherov, 14 Volodymyr Gurtovyy, 15 Slava Medvedenko (Coach: Gennadi Zaschuk)

2011 EuroBasket: finished 17th among 24 teams

4 Maksym Pustozvonov, 5 Denys Lukashov, 6 Steve Burtt Jr., 7 Oleksandr Kolchenko, 8 Oleksandr Lypovyy, 9 Dmytro Zabirchenko, 10 Oleg Saltovets, 11 Oleksiy Pecherov, 12 Serhiy Lishchuk, 13 Danylo Kozlov, 14 Kyrylo Fesenko, 15 Viacheslav Kravtsov (Coach: Mike Fratello)

2013 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 24 teams

4 Maksym Pustozvonov, 5 Eugene Jeter, 6 Olexandr Mišula, 7 Dmytro Gliebov, 8 Sergiy Gladyr, 9 Oleksandr Lypovyy, 10 Kyrylo Natyazhko, 11 Dmytro Zabirchenko, 12 Maxym Korniyenko, 13 Ihor Zaytsev, 14 Artem Pustovyi, 15 Viacheslav Kravtsov (Coach: Mike Fratello)

2014 FIBA World Cup: finished 18th among 24 teams

4 Maksym Pustozvonov, 5 Eugene Jeter, 6 Olexandr Mišula, 7 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, 8 Sergiy Gladyr, 9 Oleksandr Lypovyy, 10 Kyrylo Natyazhko, 11 Dmytro Zabirchenko, 12 Maksym Korniyenko, 13 Ihor Zaytsev, 14 Artem Pustovyi, 15 Viacheslav Kravtsov (Coach: Mike Fratello)

2015 EuroBasket: finished 22nd among 24 teams

4 Maksym Pustozvonov, 5 Jerome Randle, 6 Olexandr Mišula, 7 Denys Lukashov, 8 Kyrylo Fesenko (C), 9 Oleksandr Sizov, 10 Stanislav Tymofeyenko, 11 Oleksandr Lypovyy, 12 Maksym Korniyenko, 13 Ihor Zaytsev, 14 Artem Pustovyi, 15 Pavlo Krutous (Coach: Yevgen Murzin)

2017 EuroBasket: finished 15th among 24 teams

4 Maksym Pustozvonov, 5 Oleksandr Kolchenko, 7 Denys Lukashov, 9 Ruslan Otverchenko, 11 Oleksandr Lypovyy, 12 Maksym Korniyenko, 13 Vyacheslav Bobrov, 14 Ihor Zaytsev, 15 Viacheslav Kravtsov, 23 Artem Pustovyi, 24 Vladimir Konev, 31 Olexandr Mišula (Coach: Yevgen Murzin)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  2. ^ EuroBasket 2017 roster

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