Bosnians in Euroleague 2012-13! Bosnia is well represented in Euroleague this year and even had the MVP of the first round in Emir Preldzic who put up 20 points on 5-6 from the field (1-2 from 3) 9-10 with 4 rebounds 3 assists and two steals. Zoran Planinic when healthy is one of the best guards in Europe and is off to a fast start as well for his team. Jusuf Nurkic and Nedim Dedovic are two of the best young prospects in Europe and both have serious NBA potential in their future.
SF Emir Preldzic FENERBAHCE ULKER ISTANBUL: Emir was MVP of the first game of the regular season. The talent has never been the question with this former NBA draft pick; consistency from game to game is his weakness. SG Bojan Bogdanovic FENERBAHCE ULKER ISTANBUL: Bojan is coming off the bench to start the season for his team. He is a player who needs minutes and shots to be effective so this situation bears close watching. G JR Bremer FENERBAHCE ULKER ISTANBUL: Bremer is on the downside of his career but can still be a solid contributor to his team. C Mirza Begic REAL MADRID: Mirza comes of the bench for his team but gives the team a solid presence in the paint in rebounding and shot blocking. He is one of the premier shot blockers in Europe. C/F Emir Sulejmanovic UNION OLIMPIJA LJUBLJANA: A young player who reminds many of a young Ersan Illyasova. He will get the chance to contribute to the team, maybe not in Euroleague though. C Alen Omic UNION OLIMPIJA LJUBLJANA: Alen is one of the better young centers in Europe and is getting his first chance to play against the best players in Europe consistently. G Zoran Planinic BC KHIMKY MOSCOW REGION: Zoran had a huge game for his team in the first game, he is healthy going into the season and should have a big year for his team as a do it all point guard. C/F Marko Scekic CHEBOLLETTA CANTU: Marko is a nice role player who is helpful in some matchups coming off the bench for his team. PG Vule Avdalovic ALBA BERLIN: Vule is an underrated guard in Europe who has had a very solid career. SF Nihad Djedovic ALBA BERLIN: Nihad is on a mission to prove he is one of the best young guards in Europe and appears to be one his way to prove that point. C Rasid Mahalbasic ASSECO PROKOM GDYNIA: Rasid is coming off the bench for the team and it will be interesting to see how he responds for his team. He was the best player on the Austrian team in Eurobasket qualifying this summer. C Stanko Barac ANADOLU EFES ISTANBUL: Stanko is coming off the bench early in the season for the team. He is one of the better young centers in Europe but has failed to develop into the player expected of him so far. C Goran Suton KK CEDEVITA ZAGREB: Goran is a rugged defender and tough player whos contribution doesnt always show up in a box score. C Jusuf Nurkic KK CEDEVITA ZAGREB: Jusuf was recently cleared to play with the team, one of the best prospects in Europe he will be given the chance to contribute to the team in certain matchups that favor him. C Damir Markota BESIKTAS ISTANBUL: Damir is an all or nothing player who can do it all on the court, yet rarely dominates. He is as talented as any player in Europe but lacks consistency to be a star so far. SF/SG Nedim Dedovic REGAL FC BARCELONA: One of the top young prospects in Europe he may make his debut with one of the best clubs in Europe this season even though he is only 15 years old.
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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