#1. This week's number one is an international guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg to a victory over the sixth-ranked Lietuvos rytas (5-6) crushing them 83-63 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game.
Wright was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and made 3 blocks in 35 minutes on the court.
Spartak St.Petersburg (8-2) is placed first in group A.
It's Wright's first season with the team.
This year Wright averages: 7.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 57.4%(27-47) and FT: 79.2% in the 10 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Wright is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Nihad Djedovic (198-90, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Germany). He was the main contributor in an ALBA Berlin's victory against the 16th-ranked New Yorker Phantoms (6-12) crushing them 80-58 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game.
Djedovic was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line).
ALBA Berlin (11-5) is placed fifth in the BBL.
They ended the series of three consecutive loses.
Djedovic has relatively good stats this season: 11.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 86.2%.
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 former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Romania). Jovanovic contributed to Timisoara's victory against the closely-ranked Ploiesti (12-5) 103-91 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Monday night.
He was the top player that evening. Jovanovic recorded 26 points (!!!) and added 9 passes (made all of his ten free throws !!!).
BC Timisoara (12-5) is placed fourth in the Liga Nationala.
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Jovanovic is currently third on the league's list of best passers.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Jovanovic averages: 16.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 6.4apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 38.6% and FT: 94.0%(63-67).
He played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team four years ago.
#4. Center Esmir Rizvic (213-82, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a Maribor Messer's victory against the league outsider Polzela (0-11) 95-86 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday.
Rizvic scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
KK Maribor Messer (9-2) is placed first in the Telemach League.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Rizvic belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #8) and also on the list of best rebounders (second place).
This season he has very high stats. Rizvic averages: 15.2ppg and 7.6rpg.
He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team
back in 2009.
#5. International center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Turkey could not help Banvit BK (0-1) to beat Budivelnyk (1-0).
Bajramovic recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes.
The third-placed Banvit BK lost 69-76 on the road to the leading Budivelnyk in the group I of Eurocup.
This year Bajramovic's overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.7apg in the seven games.
He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.
#6. Point guard Nemanja Gordic (192-88, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Serbia was not able to help Partizan (11-6) in their last game. Despite Gordic's good performance Partizan lost 80-87 in Siroki Brijeg to the much lower-ranked (#12) HKK Siroki WWin.
He was the second best scorer with 11 points in only a mere 14 minutes.
This year Gordic's total stats are: 6.8ppg and 1.7apg in the nine games.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.
#7. International forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA) helped Brooklyn Nets win their game against the Philadelphia 76ers (16-22) crushing them 109-89 in the NBA on Tuesday night.
Teletovic scored 8 points.
The Brooklyn Nets have 22-15 record this season.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
Teletovic has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 1.4rpg.
He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.
#8. Power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Adriatic League) helped his Slovenian team Un.Olimpija win their game against one of league's weakest teams KK Zadar (6-11) 88-81 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night's game.
Sulejmanovic scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Un.Olimpija this season.
His team is placed fifth in the Adriatic League.
Despite Sulejmanovic played previously for the Finnish U16 national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team roster.
#9. An experienced former international power forward Ratko Varda (215-79, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Adriatic League) was the major contributor in a Radnicki KG's victory against the closely-ranked MZT Skopje (9-8) 89-83 in the Adriatic League last Monday.
Varda scored 20 points in a mere 19 minutes.
Radnicki Kragujevac (9-8) is placed eighth in the Adriatic League.
Varda has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 2.8rpg in the 10 games.
He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team
two years ago.
#10. Guard Marko Popovic (193-84, currently plays in Serbia) helped Sloga win their game against the fourth-ranked Metalac (9-6) 90-87 in the Serbian A League on Saturday night.
Popovic was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and making 14 passes.
KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo (4-11) is placed 14th in the A League.
Popovic is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (first place).
This season he has very high stats. Popovic averages: 17.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 7.2apg and 1.5spg.
He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.
#11. International center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Blancos de Rueda (7-10) in their last game. Despite Sinanovic's very good performance Blancos de Rueda was crushed 89-56 in Santoago de Comp by the higher-ranked (#8) Blusens Monbus.
He was the top scorer with 15 points. Sinanovic also added 5 rebounds in 26 minutes.
He has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 4.8rpg in the 16 games.
Sinanovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.
#12. International power forward Jozo Brkic (212-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Croatia couldn't help KK Zadar (6-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance KK Zadar was edged 67-65 in Novo Mesto by the higher-ranked Krka (#9).
Brkic was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Brkic has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 3.3rpg.
Despite he played previously for the Croatian U20 national team, Brkic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.
#13. Former international forward Adnan Hodzic (203-88, college: Lipscomb, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Monthey win their game against the eighth-ranked Starwings crushing them 109-83 in the Swiss LNA in Wednesday night's game.
Hodzic was the top player that evening. He scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds.
This season Hodzic has very high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.7apg.
Hodzic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team
two years ago.
#14. International forward Ante Masic (200-85, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Cedevita in their game against Zvezda in the Adriatic League.
He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes.
His team was crushed by 25 points 90-65.
Masic has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 3.0rpg in the two games.
He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.
#15. International shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland) helped PGE Turow win their game against the fifth-ranked Asseco Prokom Gdynia 90-77 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game.
He recorded 10 points in 22 minutes.
Opacak has averaged so far 8.9ppg and 2.8rpg in the 15 games.
He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina 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.Bojan Bogdanovic (203-SG-89, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help one of league's weakest teams Fenerbahce Ulker (13-2) in their last game on Monday. Despite Bogdanovic's very good performance Fenerbahce Ulker was badly defeated 94-76 in a derby game by the leading Anadolu Efes.
He was the top scorer with 17 points.
Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this season: 13.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.
#2.Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Russia was not able to help Khimky (2-1) in their last game. Despite Planinic's good performance the third-placed Khimky lost 76-82 on the road to the second-ranked Montepaschi Siena in the group F of Euroleague.
He scored 10 points and added 7 assists in 32 minutes.
Planinic is currently second on the league's list of best passers with 5.8apg.
This year his other stats are: 13.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2spg in the 12 games he played so far.
Planinic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
#3.Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Croatia was not able to secure a victory for Cedevita (9-8) in their last game. Despite Suton's good performance Cedevita was crushed 90-65 in Beograd by the second-ranked Zvezda.
He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Suton also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes.
It was Cedevita's third consecutive loss in a row.
This year Suton's overall stats are: 3.9ppg and 1.8rpg in the 15 games.
Similarly like Planinic and Bogdanovic above he has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.
#4.Stanko Barac (216-C-86, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an Anadolu Efes' victory against the 12th-ranked Gaziantep (4-11) 92-82 in the Turkish TBL in Monday night's game.
Barac scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (13-2) is placed first in the TBL.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Barac's overall stats are: 3.9ppg and 1.6rpg in the 10 games.
Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.
#5.Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Hungary couldn't help Szolnok (4-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sehovic's very good performance the bottom-ranked Szolnok was crushed 88-63 in Podgorica by the much higher-ranked Buducnost (#4).
He was the top scorer with 19 points. Sehovic also added 3 assists.
This season Sehovic has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.2apg.
He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin.
#6.Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, currently plays in Romania) led Targu Mures to a victory over the closely-ranked Ploiesti 66-55 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Sunday night's game.
Ceskovic was the top player that evening. He scored 26 points (!!!) and added 3 assists in 30 minutes.
This year Ceskovic has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.6apg in the 12 games.
He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.
#7.Mirza Begic (217-C-85, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid to win against the closely-ranked G.Canaria 2014 crushing them 90-54 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday.
Begic scored only 2 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
Begic has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1bpg.
He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian passports.
#8.Nikola Djurasovic (198-F-83, currently plays in Romania) was the main contributor in Craiova's victory against the 13th-ranked Timba Timosoara 87-75 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Tuesday night.
Djurasovic was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds in 35 minutes.
Djurasovic has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 3.2rpg in the 16 games.
He has Serbian and Bosnia and Herzegovina nationalities.
#9.Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the seventh-ranked 08 Stockholm 82-63 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night.
He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes.
Bizaca has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in the 19 games.
#10.Seid Hajric (203-F-83, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Energa Czarni crushing them 78-57 in the Polish TBL on Saturday night.
Hajric recorded 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks.
This season he has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg and 6.3rpg.
Hajric has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Polish nationalities.
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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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