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Vladimir Brodziansky signs with Spanish team

The former Frog did enough impressing in Summer League to earn a contract overseas.

TCU Basketball vs West Virginia, January 22, 2018 (Fort Worth, TX)
TCU Basketball vs West Virginia, January 22, 2018 (Fort Worth, TX)
Melissa Triebwasser

Vladimir Brodziansky has his first professional home, signing with Spanish team Monbus Obradoiro of ACB, the top league in Spain.

The 6’10” forward played with TCU for three seasons, signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Summer League team after graduating. He played in six games for the Cavs, posting 4.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in just under 12 minutes of work per outing. In the finale against the Lakers, he had his best game, going for 10 and six in 21 minutes of play.

Obradoiro is located in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia in Spain, one of 18 teams in the prestigious Liga ACB. NBA players Fran Vasquez, Sergio Rodriguez, and Arvydas Sabonis, among others, have come through the league. Most recently, it was the home of Luka Doncic, the number five overall pick in this year’s draft, by the Dallas Mavericks.

Vlad should have plenty of opportunities with Obradoiro, a team that has struggled over the last several seasons. His skillset fits in well with the European game; a big guy that can shoot from three and handle the ball does well overseas, and the less physical nature of the European game is also a bonus for the slight Brodziansky.

A native of Prievidza, Slovakia, Vlad will be much closer to home for the next edition of his career - though still a robust 1,800 miles away. The club signed him for two years, so he will have a chance to settle in to his new environment.

Brodziansky, an All-Big 12 Conference Third Team honoree, averaged 15.0 points per game as a senior last season, the 11th best in the conference. Of the 33 games played, Brodziansky scored in double-figures 29 times and shot 57.9 percent from the field, the third-best in the Big 12 and the seventh-best in any season in TCU history. The Slovakian also ranked seventh with 1.7 blocks per game.

Brodziansky finished his TCU career tied for first all-time with 171 blocked shots and 11th all-time in scoring with 1,364 points. His career field goal percentage of 55.8 percent ranks fourth in TCU history.

Honors for Brodziansky this past season included being a Reece’s College All-Star, named a Senior CLASS Award finalist, a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award finalist, AP All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, Academic All-District 7 and First Team Academic All-Big 12. He graduated with a degree in psychology.

His new team is excited to have him in the fold (please excuse the google translate version of this quote) “Vladimir is a versatile player, capable of playing in the low post and also threatening [from beyond the arc]. His capacity for work, physical improvement and intelligence [ensure] an upward journey. We value the fact that he waited for us in the special market situation in which we were. We sign for now, but also thinking about the medium term, “ says the club’s general director, José Luis Mateo.

Congrats to Vlad on the next step in his basketball journey!