|No. 19 - Panathinaikos BC|
|Date of Birth:||March 5, 1976|
|Place of Birth:||Kaunas, Lithuania|
|Listed Height:||6 ft 4|
|Listed Weight:||205 lbs|
|NBA Draft:||1998; Undrafted|
|Lietuvos Rytas (1998–99)|
Olimpija Ljubljana (1999–00)
FC Barcelona (2000–03)
Maccabi Tel Aviv (2003–05)
Indiana Pacers (2005–2007)
Golden State Warriors (2007)
|Career Highlights Awards|
|Šarūnas Jasikevičius at NBA.com|
Šarūnas Jasikevičius (pronunciation Sha-ROO-nas Yas-ee-KEH-vishus) born March 5, 1976 in Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union (present-day Lithuania)) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for Panathinaikos BC in the Greek League. He plays point guard.
Jasikevičius moved to the United States at a young age, playing high school basketball at Solanco High School in Quarryville, Pennsylvania and college basketball at the University of Maryland. Although he was moderately successful on that level, he went undrafted in the 1998 NBA Draft and returned to Lithuania to play for Lietuvos Rytas for one season (1998-99). He spent 1999-2000 in Slovenia with Olimpija Ljubljana.
Jasikevičius won a bronze medal for Lithuania in the 2000 Olympics, when his team lost to the United States by just two points in the semifinals. The margin was the closest at the time since the U.S. started to use professionals, as Jasikevičius's last-second desperation three-pointer that could have won the game for Lithuania had no chance.
Jasikevičius moved to Spain and FC Barcelona, playing there from 2000 to 2003. He blossomed into one of the best players in Europe, winning the 2003 Euroleague championship. That same year, he led Lithuania to the European Championship, and was named MVP in the process. Jasikevičius then moved to Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv, and promptly won the 2004 and 2005 Euroleague championship with them.
In the 2004 Olympics, Jasikevičius had an amazing performance against the United States, hitting seven three-pointers and scoring 28 points, leading Lithuania to a terrific win. Unfortunately, Lithuania couldn't repeat its triumph, losing to the U.S. in the bronze medal game.
After having great success in Europe, Jasikevičius finally decided to try his luck in the NBA, signing a three-year deal worth $12 million with the Indiana Pacers in July 2005. He became the latest of several Kaunas natives to play in the NBA, among them Šarūnas Marčiulionis, Arvydas Sabonis, and current players Žydrūnas Ilgauskas and Linas Kleiza.
On January 17, 2007, Jasikevičius was dealt to the Golden State Warriors along with teammates Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, and Josh Powell for Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Ike Diogu, and Keith McLeod.
In 2006, Jasikevičius married Linor Abargil, Israeli winner of the 1998 Miss World beauty pageant.