#1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL. Opacak could not help PGE Turow (10-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance PGE Turow lost 58-67 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Anwil.
Opacak was the top scorer with 26 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court.
It's Opacak's first season with the team.
This year Opacak averages: 8.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 31.1% and FT: 86.4% in the 13 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.
Ex-KK Zenica Celik player is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Turkey). Bajramovic contributed to a Banvit BK's victory against the closely-ranked Galatasaray (10-2) 74-67 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night.
He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (11-2) is placed third in the TBL.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Bajramovic's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 36.0%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 75.0%.
He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.
#3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy). Bremer was not able to help Armani Milano (7-6) in their game against Cimberio Varese (12-1) in the Italian SerieA.
He scored 9 points and added 6 passes in 30 minutes.
But Armani Milano lost 77-83 in Varese to the leading Cimberio.
This year Bremer's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 5.5apg, 1.5spg, 3FGP: 26.7% in the two games.
He is a naturalized American.
Bremer played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team one years ago.
He used to play for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.
#4. An experienced power forward Ratko Varda (215-79, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) led his Serbian team Radnicki KG to a victory against the closely-ranked Cedevita (9-6) 85-77 in the Adriatic League on Sunday night.
He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Radnicki Kragujevac (8-7) is placed eighth in the Adriatic League.
Varda's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg and 3.0rpg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.
Varda used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team
#5. International center Ognjen Kuzmic (215-90, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for FIATC Joventut (7-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance FIATC Joventut was crushed 80-50 in Las Palmas by the much higher-ranked (#4) G.Canaria 2014.
Kuzmic was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 8 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes.
This year Kuzmic's total stats are: 6.9ppg and 6.0rpg in the 15 games.
He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.
#6. Power forward Elvir Ovcina (212-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help LTi 46ers (4-12) in their game against EWE Baskets (12-5) in the German BBL, despite his very good performance last Sunday.
Ovcina was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 7 assists in 32 minutes.
But the bottom-ranked LTi 46ers was badly defeated 102-86 in Oldenburg by the second-ranked EWE Baskets.
Ovcina has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.9apg in the 12 games.
He is a former international player as he played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team seven years ago.
#7. International forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Brooklyn Nets to win against the Charlotte Bobcats (7-23) 97-81 in the NBA on Friday night.
Teletovic recorded only 2 points.
The Brooklyn Nets have 16-14 record this season.
This year Teletovic averages just 2.1ppg.
He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.
#8. Guard Goran Ikonic (196-80, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Halychyna edge the closely-ranked Ferro-ZNTU (17-6) 91-90 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Sunday night's game.
Ikonic recorded 9 points.
Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (13-10) is placed fifth in the Superleague.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Ikonic has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.3apg.
He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.
#9. International guard Diego Kapelan (190-87, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Apollon (4-6) in their game against AEL (4-6) in the Cypriot Division A. Despite his very good performance on Friday night Kapelan recorded 17 points.
Kapelan is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers.
He has very reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3apg.
Kapelan used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team
#10. Point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (180-79, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) is a teammate of previously mentioned Goran Ikonic and both played together in the last Ukrainian Superleague game.
Vasiljevic helped Halychyna edge the closely-ranked Ferro-ZNTU (17-6) 91-90.
He recorded 5 points and added 4 assists in 24 minutes.
Vasiljevic has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg in the 23 games.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.
#11. Former international point guard Terell Castle (182-72, agency: Court Side, college: Nicholls St., currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in a Eco Orebro's victory against the league outsider Nassjo 80-74 in the Swedish Basketligan on Friday night.
Castle recorded 15 points and added 5 assists in 34 minutes.
Castle is currently second on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (second place).
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Castle averages: 16.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.1apg and 2.1spg in the 19 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Castle used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team
five years ago.
He played also for BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.
#12. U20 international power forward Dzenan Kurtic (206-92, currently plays in France) couldn't help Denain Voltaire in their game against Olympique Antibes in the French ProB (second division). Despite his good performance in Wednesday night's game Kurtic recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
He has averaged so far 1.9ppg and 1.4rpg.
Despite Kurtic played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team roster.
#13. International center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blancos de Rueda in their game against G.Canaria 2014 in the Spanish ACB. Sinanovic cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points.
His team was defeated 84-73.
Sinanovic has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 4.6rpg.
He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.
#14. U20 international center Miljan Markovic (92, currently plays in Austria) helped UBSC Graz win their game against one of league's weakest teams St.Polten 90-82 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday.
Markovic scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
He has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.6spg.
Markovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team
The list of other players, who all have Bosnia and Herzegovina passport but never been selected to any of Bosnia and Herzegovina national teams:
#1.Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, currently plays in Russia) was the major contributor in Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (4-5) 104-100 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game.
He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and making 12 passes (made all of his seven free throws) in 39 minutes.
BC Khimky Moscow Region (6-2) is placed second in the PBL.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
Planinic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #4) and also on the list of best passers (first place).
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Planinic averages: 15.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 6.0apg in the five games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
#2.Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Turkey could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (0-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite Bogdanovic's very good performance the sixth-placed Fenerbahce Ulker was crushed 100-78 on the road by the leading Regal FC Barcelona in the group F of Euroleague.
He was the top scorer with 19 points (made all of his five free throws).
Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg and 1.5rpg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.
#3.Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Croatia was not able to help Cedevita (9-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Suton's very good performance Cedevita was defeated 85-77 in Kragujevac by the lower-ranked Radnicki KG (#8).
He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Suton also added 8 rebounds.
Suton's overall stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 1.5rpg.
Similarly like Bogdanovic and Planinic above he has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.
#4.Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Hungary was not able to secure a victory for Szolnok (4-11) in their last game. Despite Sehovic's very good performance the bottom-ranked Szolnok was crushed 97-71 in Zagreb by the higher-ranked (#10) Cibona.
He was the top scorer with 22 points. Sehovic also added 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes.
Sehovic has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.3apg in the 11 games.
He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin.
#5.Damir Markota (209-F-85, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Besiktas (0-1) in their game against Khimky (1-0) in the Euroleague.
Markota recorded 6 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in 32 minutes.
The seventh-placed Besiktas lost 75-80 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Khimky in the group F of Euroleague.
This year Markota's overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.5apg in the 11 games.
He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.
#6.Stanko Barac (216-C-86, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Anadolu Efes in their game against CSKA Moscow in the Euroleague.
Barac recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
His team was badly defeated by 19 points 90-71.
Barac's overall stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 3.4rpg.
He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian passports.
#7.Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, currently plays in Sweden) led Sodertalje Kings to a victory over the league leader Sundsvall Dragons 76-70 in the Swedish Basketligan in Sunday night's game.
Bizaca was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
This season Bizaca has very high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg.
#8.Miroslav Todic (205-F-85, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in a LeGamberi Foods Forlì's victory against the closely-ranked Biancoblu BO crushing them 96-71 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday.
Todic was MVP of the game. He recorded 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes.
Todic is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.4rpg.
This year he also averages: 14.6ppg in the 12 games.
Todic holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian passports.
#9.Mirza Begic (217-C-85, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid in a victory against the league outsider Lagun Aro GBC 85-71 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game.
He scored only 3 points in 13 minutes.
This year Begic's total stats are: 5.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1bpg in the 15 games.
He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian.
#10.Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88, currently plays in Finland) contributed to KTP-Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Kauhajoen Karhu 118-108 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Sunday.
Sarcevic scored 15 points, had 5 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line).
Sarcevic has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.6spg.
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OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) re-signed 18-year old Serbian forward Aleksa Stepanovic (206-98). He played there last season. In 6 Division I games he averaged 3.3ppg and 1.2rpg. Part of previous (2014-15) season Stepanovic spent at Fair Play Nis (KLS) in Serbian league. He helped them to win the group title. Stepanovic also played that season for Nibac Nis (2MRL) in Serbian league. He is a member of Serbian U18 National Team. OKK Spars Sarajevo roster for 2016-2017: Forwards: Dalibor... [read more]
OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) re-signed 18-year old Serbian forward Aleksa Stepanovic (206-98). He played there last season. In 6 Division I games he averaged 3.3ppg and 1.2rpg. Part of previous (2014-15) season Stepanovic spent at Fair Play Nis (KLS) in Serbian league. He helped them to win the group title. Stepanovic also played that season for Nibac Nis (2MRL) in Serbian league. He is a member of Serbian U18 National Team.
OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) confirmed in their roster 19-year old center Alija Piric (211-97). He has played there for the last three seasons. But in 16 Division I games he had just 1.6ppg last season. Piric helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals. He won Bosnian A1 Liga championship title in 2013. Piric represented Bosnia at the European Championships U18 in Volos (Greece) last year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 5 games:... [read more]
OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) confirmed in their roster 19-year old center Alija Piric (211-97). He has played there for the last three seasons. But in 16 Division I games he had just 1.6ppg last season. Piric helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals. He won Bosnian A1 Liga championship title in 2013. Piric represented Bosnia at the European Championships U18 in Volos (Greece) last year. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 5 games: 1.2ppg, 1.0rpg. Piric has played previously for Magic Tuzla.
Alex Renfroe doesn't deserve the chance to represent Bosnia and Herzigovina! Bosnia deserves better! Back in April of 2015 Harun Mahmutovic was finishing his negotiations with Alex Renfroe to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina's basketball team. Shortly after that it was announced that Renfroe would be the next American following the legacy of Americans who have played for Bosnia starting with Terrel Castle, Henry Domercant and Zach Wright. At that time there was no way to know that Renfro... [read more]
Alex Renfroe doesn't deserve the chance to represent Bosnia and Herzigovina! Bosnia deserves better!
Back in April of 2015 Harun Mahmutovic was finishing his negotiations with Alex Renfroe to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina's basketball team. Shortly after that it was announced that Renfroe would be the next American following the legacy of Americans who have played for Bosnia starting with Terrel Castle, Henry Domercant and Zach Wright. At that time there was no way to know that Renfroe would be following in the footsteps of another American to represent Bosnia internationally, the debacle that was DJ Cooper's tenure with the BiH National Team. At the time it seemed like a good idea, Renfroe appeared eager and had a good reputation as a quality person and a good teammate. He had played for seven teams since becoming a professional and looked like someone who could fit in, having experience playing in the Balkans and was familiar to the leadership of the Bosnian National Team. He played in five games for the BiH NT in 2015 mostly coming off the bench. He struggled on the floor and the team went 1-4 but he seemed to accept his role on the team and made a solid contribution. The trouble started when he was in Bayern this year and started sending mixed signals privately about playing for BiH. He committed to playing in 'The Basketball Tournament' a winner takes all tournament with a two million dollar pot for the winning team. His team, Kings of the South agreed to a $125,000 payout if the team was able to win it all. The question arose of his commitment to the BiH NT because of the timing of the finals of the TBT. The championship game is scheduled for August 2nd and Renfroe is expected to report to the BiH NT the next day, if his team made it that far. Privately he was making assurances he was in the tournament till the end and had no intentions of playing for Bosnia again this year. His team played in two games before being eliminated. His early round elimination didn't seem to effect his lack of commitment to the BiH National Team because when the call up came from coach Damir Mulaomerovic it has been reported that he said he couldn't make it this year due to 'personal matters' a nebulous, convenient excuse used by DJ Cooper when he decided he didn't want to play under the pressure of former BiH NT coach Dusko Ivanovic. Coach Mula was furious and he and KSBiH didn't accept this excuse from the player. Publicly Alex posted on twitter the reason why was because he needed time to prepare for the Bayern Munich season, that the qualifiers fall too close to his club season. It has been reported that he said he needed time as he has a new coach in Sasa Djordjevic in Munich. A poor excuse considering that Djordjevic was in Rio at the time coaching the Serbian National Team. The lame excuses and lack of respect forced KSBiH officials to threaten to pull his Bosnian passport as he had refused the call up to the National Team and was voiding his contract. A bad situation for an American international player with a European passport allows you not to be counted against countries limits on American players as you are now 'Bosnian'. That was when the story changed for a third time with Renfroe and he claimed an injury that happened to his ankle on August 9th. This is a preposterous idea Renfroe floated, as he was already called up to the National Team and was supposed to report almost a week before this time. Due to his profound lack of respect for BiH, KSBiH filed a complaint with FIBA to sanction him over this issue and compelled him to report for a physical. At which time he was finally forced to report for a medical exam. He showed up with Bosnian Emir Mutapcic who is close to Renfroe's agent and is a member of the Bayern staff. It was clear that Renfroe was coached up in how to report this soft tissue injury that would prevent him from playing for BiH. Those in the exam reported that it was obvious that this was not a legit injury but more wear and tear that you would expect on a professional player with many years already as a pro. The team was in turmoil over the whole situation players like Amar Gegic and Adi Zahiragic were with the team from the early stages and were putting in a lot of work to make the team. The rumors that Renfroe was going to show up threw the team into chaos; players revolted and stated that if he plays they will quit the National Team. There was little chance that this was going to happen, contrary to media reports at the time. It was clear that this was all a ruse to get Renfroe out of his commitment to the team and he responded as expected. The problem isn't that Renfroe deceived Bosnia and treated the team poorly, continuing the ugly legacy created previously by DJ Cooper the problem is that Bosnia has been through so much in its recent history and deserves better treatment. It wasn't too long ago that Bosnia was threatened with annihilation, its people were facing possible extinction. Public warnings were coming and many not heeded. Bosnia was plunged into a dark period where its very survival was in question. Somehow it beat the odds and it did survive, they proved to the world that they would not be marginalized and forgotten. For the people of Bosnia that is why sports are so important, it shows the country on an international stage, much to the dismay of those who want it resigned to history. For the fans you don't only represent basketball you represent Bosnia, the hope of a better future and the fact that they cannot be wiped away and forgotten so easily. For some it is a way to focus on helping to build a united future for the country, young people want prosperity, opportunities and happiness and care much less about the countries terrible recent past. Castle and Domercant knew this; Wright embraced his role, his legacy in Bosnian society and embraces his 'Zeko' moniker. Cooper and Renfroe either didn't grasp or didn't care about this important aspect of representing Bosnia, it's more than just a game, it is history, it is existence and if you embrace it, the people will never forget you. Turn your back on her and they will never forgive you. Instead Renfroe decided to play games, to have an utter lack of respect of those who came before him and paved the way for him. He denies what is widely known and ignores the fact that you can look at his social media and see his story and reasons why he didn't report change, he even denied being in Tuzla for his physical responding to questions with a crying with laughter emoji. His utter disregard for Bosnia, for her fans and basketball fans in general is astounding, he must think Bosnians are the dumbest people on the planet willing to consume every lie he lays out before him. The reality is the damage done by his selfish attitude won't destroy Bosnia in the long run, the country and people have survived much worse than this betrayal by someone they had embraced. The reality is he has brought about damage to his name, reputation and career. Professional basketball careers are a fleeting thing; he has turned a strength of his into a weakness, his character. The next time he has an injury and needs to sit out; will the team trust and believe him given his recent history? When a professional's word and commitment has no meaning beware, what others will then think of you might make your life difficult. There are so many people clamoring for the opportunities given to him and all can be taken away quickly, when your skills start to decline and they will, the quality of one's character can mean the difference between a short or a long career. Regardless, life in Bosnia will go on, it always does, if they can face the calamity of the countries recent history, one person's selfish pursuit and lies won't do real long term damage to the country or it's sporting reputation. What it will likely do is give the country great pause before granting another American the same opportunity. What Renfroe failed to realize is the tremendous opportunity it is to give a country hope, a respite from the daily grind of everyday life in the country. If you embrace Bosnia and her people they will do the same for you and your life will never be the same. This is an experience that through his own poor decisions he will never get to experience again. The good news is Bosnia deserves better than Alex Renfroe. Now they will move on without a person who doesn't understand what it means to beat the odds, change history and tell the world that regardless of what you think, we are here and will always be. Bosnia deserves better than someone of his character and now thanks to his selfish betrayal they now get that opportunity, the country is very familiar with this story and life will move on without him. The country is better off without people who have such utter disregard for the country's history, legacy and strong commitment and character. Good bye Alex, you will be forgotten.
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