#1. This week's number one is an international center Kenan Bajramovic (205-81, currently plays in Turkey). He led Banvit BK to a victory against the seventh-ranked TED Kolejliler (10-9) 81-76 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night.
Bajramovic had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court.
Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (17-2) is placed second in the TBL.
It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Bajramovic averages: 8.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 41.9%, 3FGP: 42.2% and FT: 78.8% in the 18 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. Teletovic could not help the Brooklyn Nets (33-24) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Brooklyn Nets lost 96-106 on the road to the Houston Rockets.
Teletovic scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes.
It's Teletovic's first season with the team.
This year his overall stats are: 3.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 2FGP: 45.2%, 3FGP: 32.4% in the 34 games.
Teletovic 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 power forward Edin Bavcic (209-84, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece). Bavcic was not able to help KAOD (5-13) in their game against Olympiacos (17-1) in the Greek A1. Despite his very good performance last Monday He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Bavcic also added 4 rebounds.
Bavcic's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 57.9%(11-19), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 42.5%.
He is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.
#4. Guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Kavala (5-13) in their game against PAOK (14-4) in the Greek A1, despite his very good performance on Sunday night.
Mitrovic was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 31 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Mitrovic's third season in pro basketball. But Kavala lost 69-81 in Thessaloniki to the much higher-ranked (#4) PAOK.
This year Mitrovic's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2apg in the 18 games.
He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mitrovic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.
#5. Former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Timisoara (11-10) in their game against CSU Sibiu (12-11) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Jovanovic also added 7 assists.
Jovanovic is currently sixth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (third place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Jovanovic averages: 16.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 6.3apg.
He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team
four years ago.
#6. An experienced guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Armani Milano (12-8) in their game against Trenkwalder RE (11-9) in the Italian SerieA.
Bremer scored 9 points in 23 minutes.
But Armani Milano was badly defeated 79-61 in Reggio Emilia by the lower-ranked (#8) Trenkwalder RE.
They ended the series of five consecutive victories.
Bremer has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg in the nine games.
He is a naturalized American.
Bremer is a former international player as he played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team two years ago.
He used to play for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.
#7. Former international guard Marko Popovic (193-84, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in Sloga's victory against one of league's weakest teams Vrsac 104-93 in the Serbian A League last Wednesday.
Popovic recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and making 15 passes.
KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo (7-15) is placed 13th in the A League.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Popovic is currently second 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: 17.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 7.8apg and 1.4spg.
He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team
four years ago.
#8. Point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (180-79, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Kryvbasbasket (13-19) crushing them 90-67 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Sunday night.
Vasiljevic scored 12 points and added 6 passes in 26 minutes.
Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (21-12) is placed third in the Superleague.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Vasiljevic has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 4.0apg in the 32 games.
He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.
#9. International guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Aris (10-8) in their game against Panionios (15-3) in the Greek A1. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Pasalic was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 passes.
Pasalic has relatively good stats this season: 12.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg.
He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.
#10. Forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Cedevita (12-10) in their game against Szolnok (7-15) in the Adriatic League.
Masic recorded 6 points.
Cedevita was defeated 64-59 on the opponent's court by the one of league's weakest teams Szolnok (#13).
There are only four games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Masic has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 2.8rpg.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.
#11. International shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to a PGE Turow's victory against the sixth-ranked Lietuvos rytas 86-78 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game.
Opacak scored 9 points in 24 minutes.
Opacak has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 3.2rpg in the 14 games.
He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.
#12. International point guard Nemanja Gordic (192-88, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Partizan in their game against Un.Olimpija in the Adriatic League.
Gordic recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes.
His team was edged 73-71.
Gordic has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.6apg in the 14 games.
He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.
#13. Former international power forward Elvir Ovcina (212-76, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help LTi 46ers in their game against TBB Trier in the German BBL. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Ovcina recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 5 assists.
Ovcina is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league.
He has very reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 6.8rpg and 3.4apg.
Ovcina used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team
eight years ago.
#14. International center Elmedin Kikanovic (210-88, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help Enisey Krasnoyarsk in their game against Zalgiris in the VTB United League, despite his very good performance last Sunday.
He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Kikanovic also added 8 rebounds in 21 minutes.
But his team was crushed by 25 points 86-61.
He has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 3.2rpg in the 15 games.
Kikanovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.
#15. International guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in Russia) managed to help Spartak St.Petersburg to win against the eighth-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod 86-68 in the Russian PBL on Sunday night.
He scored only 4 points.
Wright has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Wright is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.
Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.
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 Euroleague), who plays in Turkey could not help Fenerbahce Ulker (2-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the seventh-placed Fenerbahce Ulker was crushed 99-60 on the road by the leading Regal FC Barcelona in the group F of Euroleague.
Bogdanovic was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 2 shots in 36 minutes.
Bogdanovic is currently sixth on the list of top scorers with 15.4ppg.
He also averaged so far 2.0rpg and 1.2apg in the 18 games he played so far.
Bogdanovic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.
#2.Zoran Planinic (198-G-82, currently plays in VTB United League) led his Russian team Khimky to a victory over the ninth-ranked Kalev/Cramo (3-12) 65-57 in the VTB United League last Monday.
He was MVP of the game. Planinic scored 12 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals.
BC Khimky Moscow Region (11-4) is placed third in group A.
There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Planinic is currently fifth on the list of best passers.
He has very reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 5.2apg.
Planinic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
#3.Stanko Barac (216-C-86, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Antalya (4-15) crushing them 96-72 in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game.
Barac recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul (15-4) is placed fifth in the TBL.
Barac's overall stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 2.6rpg.
Similarly like Planinic and Bogdanovic above he has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.
#4.Damir Markota (209-F-85, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help Besiktas (12-7) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance Besiktas was defeated 78-70 in a derby game by the leading Fenerbahce Ulker.
Markota was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds.
Markota's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.2apg.
Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.
#5.Marko Keselj (206-SF-88, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA was not able to secure a victory for Le Mans (12-8) in their last game. Despite Keselj's good performance Le Mans was edged 71-68 on the opponent's court by the leading Gravelines-Dunkerque.
He scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. It was his first game for Le Mans this season.
Keselj has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.
#6.Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90, currently plays in Slovenia), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League couldn't help Elektra (8-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Elektra was defeated 91-83 in Ljubljana by the lower-ranked Geoplin Slovan (#7).
Atanackovic recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 12 rebounds.
Atanackovic has relatively good stats this season: 10.8ppg and 5.9rpg.
He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian passports.
Despite Atanackovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.
#7.Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to Szolnok's surprising victory against the sixth-ranked Cedevita 64-59 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night.
Sehovic had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 34 minutes.
Sehovic has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.3apg in the 18 games.
He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin nationalities.
#8.Suad Sehovic (196-G/F-87, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Ukraine couldn't help Khimik (2-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Sehovic's good performance the second-placed Khimik was defeated 76-68 in Samara by the leading Krasnie Krilya in the group K of EuroChallenge.
He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Sehovic has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1spg.
He has dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
#9.Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, currently plays in Romania) was the main contributor in a 2-point Targu Mures' victory against the eighth-ranked CSM Bucuresti 93-91 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday.
Ceskovic was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 31 minutes.
Ceskovic has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.6apg in the 18 games.
He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian passports.
#10.Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Adriatic League) faced previously mentioned Sead Sehovic in the Adriatic League last game.
Suton, who plays in Croatia couldn't help Cedevita (12-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Cedevita was defeated 64-59 on the opponent's court by the one of league's weakest teams Szolnok (#13).
Suton was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 4 rebounds.
Suton's total stats this season are: 5.1ppg and 2.8rpg.
He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities.
Eurobasket.com interview with Admir Prasovic (Coach) - 1 hour ago
Another interview, this time with Admir Prasovic, coach who is currently in Zeljeznicar womens team. 1.How did you fall in love with basketball and what was the key moment in your life to start coaching? It happened during the '80s, my brother Adel Prasovic played for youth teams of BC Bosna, a team that was a powerhouse in former Yugoslavia back then. Their youth selections could be compared to the strength of today' s national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I begged him to take me wit... [read more]
Another interview, this time with Admir Prasovic, coach who is currently in Zeljeznicar womens team.
1.How did you fall in love with basketball and what was the key moment in your life to start coaching? It happened during the '80s, my brother Adel Prasovic played for youth teams of BC Bosna, a team that was a powerhouse in former Yugoslavia back then. Their youth selections could be compared to the strength of today' s national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I begged him to take me with him to practices and games, so it all began. I was aware that the war in early 90s will not give me a chance to be a player at the top level, but basketball has already become part of me and I decided to start coaching.
2.The first opportunity to work as a coach arrived in 2003 years when in your native Sarajevo you started coaching youth teams of Zeljeznicar. As a 23 year old young coach it must have been a a big challenge at that time? That's right, I was invited by the head coach Elmedin Omanic to actually organize the work with youth teams at the Club. First we started a basketball school and after only three years of dedicated work we had an important role at the state level. But it was essential that the senior team started getting players from our youth teams and it was not the case before. I also started following the practices of the first team and my love for the game of basketball just grew even more.
3.In 2006 arrived the first trophies in your trophy room. As assistant coach of Zeljeznicar you won the championship and the cup of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Could you tell us more about this experience? I was lucky and enjoyed the experience because of the ambition of the club, commitment of the management and the goals of the club that were very demanding- to win the championship and national cup but also to win as many games as possible on the international level through EWWL Trocal league, then the FIBA Cup. I worked with, or rather learned from top players, had a chance to collaborate with great coaches: Elmedin Omanic, Hamdo Frljak, Mladen Jojic, Mensura Hadzic-Andelija. A large number of top players and national team members from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Serbian played for Zeljeznicar and it was certainly a period in which I learned and gained a lot of experience The national league in Bosnia and international competitions have been at a very high level at that time.
4.In the seasons 2007/2008 and 2009/2010 Zeljeznicar made it to the Top 16 in the FIBA Eurocup. How important was for you as a young assistant coach the chance to scout strong team from the Eurocup? These are things that are remembered for a lifetime, playing against clubs that have huge budgets, the entire roster consisting of professionals from the strongest leagues of Europe. As a young coach you are part of a team and carry a great responsibility. Trying to easily share all the pressure with the first coach, you just focus on one thing and that is to meet the target and go to the second phase of the competition. Experience and school of life for me. The first year we were eliminated by Tarbes (FRA) and in the following season we won against Partizan (SRB) in Vrsac. I will remember it for a lifetime as the greatest victory, because during the game on the day 14.01.2010. my son Nedim was born.
5.The award for quality work came in season 2011/2012 when you were appointed as head coach of Play off from Sarajevo. Was it difficult to make the transition from the role of assistant coach to the role of head coach and could you tell us more about results of Play off in the period while you were head coach? There is no transition, you feel the moment and move to work independently, then you need to see if you are ready to deal with all the pressures, responsibility and have mental strength to manage senior team players. I also do not like the division between coaches of male and female teams. The key is in approach and psychology. When I say 'approach' I mean to have the authority and knowledge, because only in this way you can earn respect from your players. By 'psychology' I mean the power of the spirit that you have as a coach to be able to get the best out of the team, to hide all their weaknesses and make them look strong in the final minutes of important games because it's in your job description. Play off finished the season at 3rd place, right behind Spurs and Sloboda Dita. Many people consider it the best season in Bosnian basketball since its independence. What I was particularly proud on is the fact that I promoted a couple of young players who never got a real chance before and now they are on the national team's lists.
6.In June 2013 years you had the honor to cooperate with John Thompson III at a camp organized by Georgetown University. How important was this experience for you? Did you get any advice from the famous NCAA coach Thompson? I got a call and agreed to do it. It was an unforgettable experience. I was interested in methodology, psychological approach, method of selection of players in terms of potential etc. It fascinated me the motivation of US players who at any time have a passionate motive to win 1 on 1 and play defense with a lot of energy. Shooting drills and percentages get a lot of importance and even though there are many details accurate shooting is the basic of the game of basketball. John Thompson III is a good coach and son of the famous John Thompson, with whom I had the honor to talk and he gave me the right advice. He did not talk much, but he showed that he cared about young coaches at the camp and we talked a lot after we got to know each other better.
7.In 2014 you were the assistant coach of U18 national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the European Championship A division in Turkey (Konya). You had a chance to work with talented young players like Nedim Dedovic, Edin Atic, Kenan Karahodzic, Imran Polutak and others. How did that experience go? Great generation and a smart team. This team showed character and we avoided relegation in A division, which was the goal, but the majority of players were born in 1997 so it was a big accomplishment to fight against older players. The same team in 2015 played in 1/2 finals of the European Championships in Greece and in the end we took 4th place as the upgraded version of the team that in 2013 was selected by my colleague Dragan Bajic. I was very motivated to to work with this generation but also to cooperate with Dragan Bajic because his team in the season 2013/14 played the most attractive basketball in ABA League.
8.After you got a FIBA license in 2014, you took the head coaching job in women basketball club Zeljeznicar and promoted the young generation of players who have qualified for this season for Liga 6, with only two experienced players. How satisfied are you with individual progress and the progress of the team in the previous two seasons? Results come at the end of the process. You take a starting point, transition and result as the final outcome and then you realize that you have done a good work. This is primarily the result of merit of players who started believing in themselves, dedicated themselves to training with a lot of energy while adopting rapidly elements of modern basketball and the most important thing- started to apply lessons learned through the game. We can not ignore the commitment and discipline of my assistants Milos Milosevic, Salih Keljajic and Emir Bukva who all helped me a lot to work with the team. We finished the Liga 6 with 5 wins and 5 defeats and its a solid result. But it essentially important that 6 our players got calls for U16 (2) and U20 (4) national teams of Bosnia, Samra Omerbasic signed for La Harve (FRA) while Ariana Moorer made it to the All League team for the season 2015/16 and was the best player in Bosnian Championship for the season 2015/16. We have to be satisfied.
9. Knowing that you already have good coaching experience can you tell us more about your approach to basketball? What can be expected of the team coached by Admir Prasovic ? First of all, commitment to work. basketball is not something you can leave and come back after a long break, you have to be constantly there, keep track of all game transformations and models similar to how you play. What players need to know and what they need to focus in the game is to defeat opponents and outsmart them in both directions (offense, defense). My team needs to run a lot and play in transition, recognize opportunities, and work hard in defense to win. Prior to this in the selection of players I tell them to pay attention on three very important facts. I chose them because I'm aware of their quality and they have my full support, I want to help them become better players through the season, and the most important thing is that I expect from my players loyalty.
Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team 2016 Atic Buza Delalic Djedovic Gajic Edin Atic 201-G/F-97 Spars Sarajevo Nedim Buza 205-SF-95 Oostende Haris Delalic 202-SF-94 Bosna-Royal Nihad Djedovic 197-F-90 B.Muenchen Nikola Gajic ... [read more]
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