Alexander Volkov

Alexander Volkov

Tennis player
Date of Birth: 29.03.1964
Country: Ukraine

  1. Biography of Alexander Volkov
  2. Early Life
  3. Early Basketball Career
  4. National and International Success
  5. Transition to the NBA
  6. Italian and Greek Career
  7. Legacy

Biography of Alexander Volkov

Early Life

Alexander Volkov was born on March 29, 1964, in Omsk, Russia. His father, Anatoly Alexandrovich Volkov, and his mother, Valentina Yakovlevna Volkova, were both sports enthusiasts who introduced him to basketball at a young age. The family moved to Chernigov, Ukraine, a few months after his birth.

Early Basketball Career

Volkov showed a natural talent for basketball from a young age. He started playing the sport in the 3rd grade and continued his training at the Chernigov Children and Youth Sports School #1. He later joined the Kiev City Sports Boarding School and began playing for the Kiev "Stroitel" team in 1981. Within two years, Volkov won his first medals, a bronze in the USSR championship and a silver in the World Youth Championship.

National and International Success

In 1985, Volkov became a key player for the Soviet Union national team under the coaching of Vladimir Obukhov. He played a crucial role in leading the team to victory in the European Championship, earning him the title of Olympic champion. Volkov's success continued as he became a two-time Soviet Union champion with the Kiev "Stroitel" team in 1988 and 1989.

Transition to the NBA

In 1989, Volkov received an invitation to join the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA. Despite facing initial challenges and injuries, he quickly established himself as a valuable player with the team. Volkov's performance caught the attention of other NBA teams, but he decided to return to Europe to play for Italian and Greek clubs.

Italian and Greek Career

Volkov joined the Italian team "Panasonic" in Reggio, Calabria, in the 1992/1993 season. He played a significant role in leading the team to success, but his season was cut short due to a knee injury. However, Volkov's determination and resilience paid off when he joined the Greek team "Panathinaikos" in 1993. Playing alongside renowned players, he contributed to the team's dominance in European basketball.


Alexander Volkov's basketball career is remembered for his achievements on both the national and international levels. He was known for his skill, versatility, and ability to adapt to different teams and playing styles. Volkov's impact on the sport continues to be recognized and celebrated.