Aleksander Czyz (Olek) grew up playing basketball in Poland. He first started playing when he was 10 years old for a club team called Prokom Trefl Gdynia. At the age of 14 he moved with his mother and sister to the United States. Olek’s main priority was to play basketball and develop his game into another level. Olek is known for his dunking abilities and his 44.5 inch vert. As a 14 year old, Olek played at Reno High School, where he was a 2 time State Champion. He earned numerous scholarships to colleges around the country going into his Senior year of High School. Throughout his Freshman and half of his Sophmore year he played for Duke University. In mid-season the 6’7, 240 lbs forward recommited to the University of Nevada, where he played during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 season. During his Junior year he was selected for the WAC All-Newcomer team. During his Senior year he was selected for the WAC All-Conference First team and lead the Wolf Pack to a Conference Championship. Currently, Olek is getting ready for the 2012 NBA draft. He is working with Brad Ames at Priority Sports.
Won the NCAA Dunk of the Year Award by The Hoops Manifesto (see dunk).
WAC 2011-2012 All-Conference First Team Award.
Averaged 13.8 ppg, 6.5 reb during 2011-2012 season.
Helped lead the Wolf Pack to a 2011-2012 WAC Conference Championship.
WAC 2010-2011 All-Newcomer Team Award.
Averaged 12.3 ppg, 5.7 reb during 2010-2011 season.
All-WAC leader in 3 pt shooting during 2010-2011, with 46.8% shots made.
Lead the Polish U20 basketball team in winning a bronze medal at the 2010 FIBA tournament.
Olek was an all-tournament first team during FIBA U20 tournament in 2010.
During FIBA 2010 U20, Olek was named “best forward” by www.Eurobasket.com averaging 16.1 ppg, 8.1 rebounds, was ranked #1 in 2 pts Field Goal Percentage (74%) and #1 Field Goal Percentage (70.9%).
Earned a bronze medal while playing for Poland’s Under-20 team at the 2009 European U-20 Championships, averaged 7.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while helping Poland to a 5-1 record, posted a .514 (18-of-35) field goal percentage in the tournament
Played at Duke University.