Date of birth: 12 November 1990
Place of birth
: Tartu (Estonia)
Height
: 203 cm
Role
: forward

Carreer
In contact with basketball from a very early age under the tutelage of his mother Lea (also an internationally recognised player), Vene grew up under the technical guidance of his father Priit, his coach at TTÜ (Tallinn University of Technology), he, too, a professional basketball player. His talent immediately attracted the interest of the big names in Europe and, at the age of 15, he decided to move to Zalgiris in the renowned Arvydas Sabonis School. During his ten-year stay in Lithuania, he was mostly loaned out to fill out his experience: Ludwigsburg (Germany), Atletas Kaunas and Prienai (Lithuania) and Riga (Latvia). In July 2013, he returned to the Zalgiris roster with whom he won three consecutive Lithuanian titles (4 points, 2.8 rebounds in 3 seasons) and played in the Euroleague up to the Top 16 (3.1 points and 1.6 average rebounds in 45 games). In the 2016-2017, season he wore a Nizhny Novgorod jersey, the Russian team with whom he amassed 10.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2 assists in the league and 10.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists in the Eurocup. In the following year, he arrived on the shores of Italy, at Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia, a team with whom he could not even begin because of an injury that kept him in the pits for the entire first stage of the championship. He completely re-established himself, signed up with coach Caja and Openjobmetis Varese, and was the outright star of the Red & White cavalcade which, because of the 12 victories in the second half of the season, allowed them to qualify for the post-season. After a two-month stay at Baxi Manresa, and an even shorter one with Montakit Fuenlabrada, Vene (December 2018) relocated to Gran Canaria where he managed to put his talent on display in the Euroleague.

Internationally, he wore his National team’s jersey in the U18 line-up (12.1 points and 5 rebounds during the 2007 Under-18s FIBA Championship) and is still a member of the national team with whom he played in Eurobasket 2015, collecting 10 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He was also awarded Estonian Player of the Year 2017, a recognition for which former Red & White Kangur holds the record with 8 consecutive titles.

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