1. Hi Dzenan, could you please introduce yourself? I was born 22nd of June 1992 in Strasbourg-France. I am 207cm tall and weigh about 96kg. I started practicing basketball with ES (Ecole des Sports- sports academy) and moved SLUC Nancy at the age of 15.
2. A few days before you became french U-20 champion. Congratulations! Are you happy with your game during this season? Thank you for your congratulations! I want to point out that the trophy is extraordinary important for us since it is the first time in the club history that the trophy comes to Nancy. I am relatively happy with my performance *Laughing*.
3. You re born in France. How did you get in touch with basketball? Yes I am born in Strasbourg and I started playing basketball at the age of 9. My parents are also very interested in basketball and so my devotion for basketball is a little bit genetic *Laughing*. My mum played basketball and my younger sister Zerina (14 years old) became also French champion two weeks ago!
4. You attend a sports academy. Could you please briefly describe the concept and the role of the french basketball association? How would you describe the level of French U- 20 championship? Yes I attend a sports academy combining both academic and athletic formation. The structure of the class is very favourable. We are only 17 players of different ages. Everyone of us has got his own room, we have a special practice hall, fitness and weight room, class rooms. We have our own doctors and physiotherapeutic treatment in the school thus providing us excellent conditions for the development of our athletic profiles. The competition is organized on country level that means every team in the PRO A has to run an own center for the education of young prospects. Our games are played before the games of the PRO A teams.
5. How did you get noticed by KSBIH and did they know you before? The first contact has been established thanks to Nedzad Kladusak. They didn t know me before.
6. Will you play for BIH this summer and how strong are your ties to BIH? I have been invited for the preparations now in June and I accepted the invitation. I am closely tied to BIH since it is the country where my parents come from and I spend every summer in BIH since all my family lives there.
7. The french PRO A is probably the league that resembles most to NBA in basketball style and athleticity. Which assets do you have and which points have to be improved? My qualities are a very good threepoint-shot for a player of my height, I am very active around the paint and I am one of the best Free-throw-shooters in the French U-20 League.. I think that I have the most upside in my defensive game.
8. You are a PF. Do you feel more comfortable back to basket, close to paint of facing up your defender on high post? I am pretty flexible so I can adapt to every role I have on the PF-position.
9. Have you ever been contacted by French basketball association? Indeed their have been some contacts and chances to play for France are have been very high but I listened to my heart before I decided and I decided to play for BIH.
10. Are you following BIH basketball and do you know some of your teammates in the U20? What do you expect to achieve with the team? I don t know anyone of the U20 players. I hope they have the same ambition s I have- The promotion to A-division!
11. Have you ever attended a match of the BIH NT. Do you know some players like Damir Krupalija? I have watched several games of the NT. I know Damir Krupalija personally and we meet everytime I play in Toulon or when he comes to Nancy.
12. Many young players complain of the poor practice conditions (poor coaching staff, lacking gym capacities) and decide to leave BIH in order to play for other countries like Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia. What do you think about that? Honestly I don t know the Bosnian training conditions and I think these are personal decisions of every player.
13. Who are your basketball heroes and which are your personal career aims? My personal basketball hero is of course a former Yugo-player, Toni Kukoc! My personal aim is to graduate. Concerning the senior team of SLUC Nancy, I signed two days ago an one-year so called Stagiaire- (Associate)- contract. It means that beginning from september I will practice with the professional team of Nancy.
Djukovic's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - 2 days ago
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29-year old swingman Igor Djukovic (202-F/G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Spars Sarajevo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. He had the game-high 31 points adding three rebounds and eight assists for Spars Sarajevo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Siroki Primorka (#8, 2-4) 102-88. Spars Sarajevo maintains the 4th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost game... [read more]
29-year old swingman Igor Djukovic (202-F/G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Spars Sarajevo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. He had the game-high 31 points adding three rebounds and eight assists for Spars Sarajevo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Siroki Primorka (#8, 2-4) 102-88. Spars Sarajevo maintains the 4th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Spars Sarajevo will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Djukovic had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Spars Sarajevo's top player in his first season with the team. Igor Djukovic averages this season 13.7ppg.
Second best performed player last round was Ljubo Samadan (207-C-83, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of league's second-best Zrinjski HT. He is Croatian center in his 2nd season at Zrinjski HT. In the last game Samadan recorded impressive 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Zrinjski HT to another comfortable win 85-69 over the lower-ranked Mladost (4-2) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Zrinjski HT to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Samadan is well-known at Zrinjski HT and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#6).
Third place about best performers goes to swingman Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84, agency: 011 Sports) of Gradjanski (#10). Markovic scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Markovic's great performance Gradjanski lost 81-83 to the higher-ranked Sloboda Tuzla (#6, 3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Gradjanski can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Markovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Markovic has a very solid season. In 5 games in Bosnia he scored 9.0ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Pavle Reljic (194-G-93) of Spars Sarajevo - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists 5. Vedran Princ (191-PG-82) of Zrinjski HT - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists 6. Bojan Stanojevic (203-C-88) of Mladost - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Haris Delalic (202-SF-94) of Bosna-Royal - 13 points and 8 rebounds 8. Devonte Brown (188-G-92) of Sloboda Tuzla - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83) of Leotar - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Almir Hasandic (191-SG-90) of Sloboda Tuzla - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Bosnian Prospects in Europe Update! Dzanan Musa: He's played in three leagues this season and the team has a tough schedule playing in the ABA league, Champions League and in the Croatian domestic league. He's played in 18 games already this season and he's played best so far in the ABA league. He's averaged 12.6mpg 5.9ppg and 1.6rbpg while shooting 61.1% from two. He has struggled with his outside shooting hitting only 5-29 from three so far on the season, barely breaking 20% from long... [read more]
Bosnian Prospects in Europe Update!
Dzanan Musa: He's played in three leagues this season and the team has a tough schedule playing in the ABA league, Champions League and in the Croatian domestic league. He's played in 18 games already this season and he's played best so far in the ABA league. He's averaged 12.6mpg 5.9ppg and 1.6rbpg while shooting 61.1% from two. He has struggled with his outside shooting hitting only 5-29 from three so far on the season, barely breaking 20% from long range. The team has started giving another prospect from Bosnia a chance to play as well in Darko Bajo.
Emir Sulejmanovic: Emir has really started to come on as of late and has started to make an impact for the club. He's played in 20 games already and has shown his wide array of skills for his team Cibona. He's had the chance to play significant minutes in the Champions League and has made the most of them. In 5 games he's averaged 17mpg 9.4ppg 4.2rbpg while shooting a blistering 67.9% from two so far.
Aleksandar Lazic: He's helped to lead his team to a 7-1 start so far. He's been relatively healthy so far and has played in 5 games and has made a major impact. He's averaging 26mpg 8.2ppg 7rbpg 1.4aspg while shooting 56.5% from two and 85.7% from the FT line. He's struggled shooting threes however hitting only 21.4% so far.
Sandro Gacic: He's really bounced back from a tough season last year and looks re-energized after sitting out the summer for the BiH NT. He's played in 8 games averaging 23mpg 12.9ppg 3rbpg 2.5aspg 1.1stls. He is struggling with his shooting percentage but looks good so far overall.
Nedim Djedovic: He's played ok for his club in D2 Spain but hasn't had the breakout year that many expected of him. He's still only a teenager so it still might happen at some point in the future. He's played in 11 games 20mpg 7.1ppg 3.3rbpg 1.2aspg and has shot ok from the field so far.
Amar Gegic: He's starting to get comfortable in Germany after coming over late from Spars. He's played in 7 games averaging 18mpg 7.4ppg 2.3rbpg 1.9aspg but he has struggled shooting from the outside hitting only 1-12 from long range so far this season.
Amar Balic: He's played very well for his club in Italy averaging 11.7ppg 5.8rbpg 5.1aspg but he is turning the ball over too much at four per game so far. He's joined on the team with Emin Mavric who is getting a chance to play as well for his team he's averaging 4.1ppg 1.9rbpg.
FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) tabbed 30-year old Bosnian international point guard Alex Renfroe (191-80kg-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Renfroe already started the season at B.Muenchen in German BBL league. In 9 games he averaged 3.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.8apg this season. Renfroe also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.2apg. The last season Renfroe played also at Bayern Muenchen (also in BB... [read more]
FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) tabbed 30-year old Bosnian international point guard Alex Renfroe (191-80kg-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Renfroe already started the season at B.Muenchen in German BBL league. In 9 games he averaged 3.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.8apg this season. Renfroe also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.2apg. The last season Renfroe played also at Bayern Muenchen (also in BBL). The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 40 BBL games he recorded 9.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 5.5apg. Renfroe helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Renfroe also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 10.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 4.1apg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 14.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.7apg and 1.1spg. Renfroe contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Renfroe received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award in 2016. His team was regular season runner-up in German Bundesliga in 2015. He represented Bosnia at the European Championships last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 6.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.4apg, Steals-4 (1.6spg), FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 25.0%. Renfroe is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (KK Zagreb), Italy (Enel Brindisi), Latvia (VEF Riga), Russia (Enisey), Germany (ALBA Berlin and Brose Baskets) and Spain (Baskonia and Blancos de Rueda). Renfroe attended Belmont University until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
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