Leuven Bears
Leuven Bears logo
LeaguesBNXT League
Founded1999; 25 years ago (1999)
History
List
  • Telindus Leuven
    (1999–2001)
    Vastiau-Godeau Leuven
    (2001–2003)
    Basket Groot Leuven
    (2003–2007)
    Spotter Leuven
    (2007–2009)
    Leuven Bears
    (2009–present)
ArenaSportoase
Capacity3,400
LocationLeuven, Belgium
Team colorsBlack, Orange, White
     
Main sponsorStella Artois
PresidentBen De Goignies
Head coachEddy Casteels
Championships1 Belgian Cup
Websiteleuvenbears.be

Leuven Bears, for sponsorship reasons also called Stella Artois Leuven Bears, is a Belgian professional basketball club from Leuven. The club competes in the BNXT League, the highest tier in Belgian basketball.

History

The team has played in the Belgian First Division since 1999 and has participated in the Belgian Cup since 1954, winning the tournament in 2005. The Belgian Cup victory earned the team a place in the 2005–06 FIBA EuroCup where it finished fourth in its opening-round group and was eliminated.

Since the 2021–22 season, Leuven plays in the BNXT League, in which the national leagues of Belgium and the Netherlands have been merged.[1]

Honours and titles

Season by season

A home game of Leuven Bears in February 2017
Season Tier League Pos. Belgian Cup European competitions
2002–03 1 BLB 5th
2003–04 1 BLB 9th
2004–05 1 BLB 6th
2005–06 1 BLB 8th 3 FIBA EuroCup
2006–07 1 BLB 10th
2007–08 1 BLB 9th
2008–09 1 BLB 6th
2009–10 1 BLB 9th
2010–11 1 BLB 6th
2011–12 1 BLB 6th Semifinalist
2012–13 1 BLB 6th Quarterfinalist
2013–14 1 BLB 7th Quarterfinalist
2014–15 1 BLB 11th Quarterfinalist
2015–16 1 BLB 11th Quarterfinalist
2016–17 1 BLB 9th Quarterfinalist
2017–18 1 BLB 10th Round of 16
2018–19 1 BLB 9th Quarterfinalist
2019–20 1 BLB 6th Quarterfinalist
2020–21 1 BLB 6th Semifinalist
2021–22 1 BNXT League

Players

Current roster

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

Leuven Bears roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht.
PG 4 Belgium Willems, Wouter 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 23 – (2000-03-30)30 March 2000
PG 5 United States Heath, Joshua 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 29 – (1994-12-28)28 December 1994
G 7 United States Allen, KeVaughn 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 28 – (1995-10-10)10 October 1995
PF 9 United States Fulkerson, John 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 26 – (1997-04-29)29 April 1997
SF 10 Belgium Nunes, Tiago 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 22 – (2002-01-15)15 January 2002
PG 11 Belgium Bucumi, Roel 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 20 – (2003-08-11)11 August 2003
C 12 Belgium Vanderhaegen, Thibault 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 25 – (1998-02-16)16 February 1998
PF 14 Netherlands Kherrazi, Mohamed 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 33 – (1990-06-29)29 June 1990
C 15 Belgium Stilmant, Kevin 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 23 – (2000-02-29)29 February 2000
SG 21 Belgium Snyers, Darnell 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 25 – (1998-06-16)16 June 1998
SF 22 Belgium Janssens, Thomas 21 – (2002-06-23)23 June 2002
SF 23 Belgium Nunes, Remco 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 22 – (2002-01-15)15 January 2002
PG 24 Belgium Ven, Lucas 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 22 – (2001-04-07)7 April 2001
C 25 Belgium Schrevens, Arne 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 21 – (2002-07-08)8 July 2002
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Belgium Jill Lorent

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

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.

List of head coaches

Period Coach Nat.
2005–2007 Peter van Noord Netherlands
2008–2010 Ivica Skelin Croatia
2016–2018 Ferried Naciri Belgium
2018–present Eddy Casteels Belgium

References

  1. ^ "Licenties BNXT League 2021-2022 toegekend". Basketball League (in Dutch). Retrieved 10 July 2021.