Sigtryggur Arnar Björnsson

Sigtryggur Arnar Björnsson (born March 7, 1993) is an Icelandic basketball player who plays for Grindavík of the Úrvalsdeild karla and the Icelandic national basketball team.

Sigtryggur Arnar Björnsson
Grindavík
PositionGuard
LeagueÚrvalsdeild karla
Personal information
Born (1993-03-07) March 7, 1993
NationalityIcelandic
Listed height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Career information
High schoolSt. Mary's
Playing career2012–present
Career history
2012Breiðablik
2012–2013Tindastóll
2014–2017Skallagrímur
2017–2018Tindastóll
2018–presentGrindavík
Career highlights and awards

Career

Club career

After stints with Breiðablik, Tindastóll and St. Mary's High School in Canada[1], Sigtryggur had his breakout season with Skallagrímur during the 2014–2015 Úrvalsdeild karla season, averaging 16.7 points and 5.0 assists. Despite his performance, Skallagrímur was religated to 1. deild karla after the season.[2] He had a standout season in the 1. deild karla, helping Skallagrímur achieve promotion back to the Úrvalsdeild after averaging 21.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assist, and was named as the leagues Domestic Player of the Year.[3] He continued his stellar play[4] during the 2016-2017 season, averaging 18.0 points and 5.3 assists, and was called up to the Icelandic national team for the first time after the season. He was though once again unable to help Skallagrímur avoid religation and signed with Tindastóll during the off season.[5][6]

On December 15, 2017, Sigtryggur was named to the All-First team of the first half of the 2017-2018 season[7] On January 10, 2018, he scored 35 points in a victory against Haukar in the Icelandic Basketball Cup semi-finals.[8][9] On January 13, 2018, he helped Tindastóll to its first major title when they beat KR in Icelandic Basketball Cup finals.[10]

On May 4, 2018, Sigtryggur was named to the Úrvalsdeild Karla Domestic All-First Team.[11]

On July 3, 2018, it was reported that Sigtryggur wanted to leave Tindastóll and join Grindavík, and that he considered his contract with the club not valid as the club did not send it to the Icelandic Basketball Federation within 30 days from its signing as the federations rules stipulated. The chairman of Tindastól in turn said that they viewed the contract as valid and that they expected Sigtryggur to report to the team for training camp before the season.[12] The next day the clubs reported that they had reached an agreement and Sigtryggur signed with Grindavík later that day.[13]

Icelandic national team

In July 2017, Sigtryggur was among the 24 players selected for the Icelandic national team training camp prior to EuroBasket 2017.[14] He played his first national game on July 27, 2017, in a victory against Belgium .[15][16] He made the cut to the final 15 players but was ultimately not named to the twelve man roster for Eurobasket.[17]

In November, 2017, Sigtryggur was named to the national team for the upcoming games in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification.[18]

Personal life

Sigtryggur's father, Björn Sigtryggsson, played six seasons in the Úrvalsdeild karla with Tindastóll, Breiðablik and Valur.[15][19] His uncle, Ómar Sigmarsson, played nine seasons in the Úrvalsdeild, eight of them with Tindastóll and one with Íþróttafélagið Hamar.[15][20]

References

  1. "Sigtryggur Arnar á leið í Skallagrím". karfan.is (in Icelandic). 3 July 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  2. Benedikt Grétarsson (10 March 2015). "Sigtryggur Arnar bíður eftir tilboðum". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  3. "Helena og Haukur valin best". kki.is (in Icelandic). 6 May 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  4. Henry Birgir Gunnarsson (17 November 2016). "Sjáðu körfuna ótrúlegu sem bjargaði Sköllunum". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  5. Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (27 July 2017). "Sigtryggur Arnar fær að stíga fyrstu landsliðsskrefin á gamla heimavellinum". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  6. "Sigtryggur Arnar til Stólanna". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 24 April 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  7. Eiríkur Stefán Ásgeirsson (18 December 2017). "Helena og Taylor kjörin best". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  8. Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (11 January 2018). "Besta frammistaða Íslendings í bikarleik í Höllinni í tæp 24 ár". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  9. Ástrós Ýr Eggertsdóttir (10 January 2018). "Stólarnir mæta sjóðheitum Haukum í Höllinni". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  10. Anton Ingi Leifsson (13 January 2018). "Umfjöllun og viðtöl: KR - Tindastóll 69-96 - Tindastóll bikarmeistari í fyrsta sinn". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  11. Henry Birgir Gunnarsson (4 May 2018). "Kristófer og Helena valin leikmenn ársins". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  12. Kolbeinn Tumi Daðason (3 July 2018). "Samningsbundinn Stólunum en að semja við Grindavík". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  13. Ástrós Ýr Eggertsdóttir (4 July 2018). "Ágreiningur leystur og Sigtryggur Arnar skrifar undir hjá Grindavík". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  14. "Undirbúningurinn fyrir Evrópumótið hefst á morgun". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 19 July 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  15. "Sigtryggur Arnar að spila sína fyrstu landsleiki". feykir.is (in Icelandic). 30 July 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  16. "KKÍ | A landslið". kki.is. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  17. Kristjana Arnarsdóttir (27 August 2017). "Landsliðshópur Íslands fyrir Eurobasket klár". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  18. Haukur Harðarson (24 November 2017). "Ísland og Tékkland mætast í undankeppni HM". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  19. "Björn Sigtryggsson: Ferillinn í úrvalsdeild". kki.is (in Icelandic). Icelandic Basketball Federation. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  20. "Ómar Örn Sigmarsson: Ferillinn í úrvalsdeild". kki.is (in Icelandic). Icelandic Basketball Federation. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
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