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Kresimir Cosic

   Kresimir Cosic


(November 26, 1948 - March 25, 1995) was a professional basketball player.
He was born in Zagreb and raised in Zadar. He was the first foreign player to earn All-America honors by United Press International, garnering them in 1972 and 1973. He played for Brigham Young University from 1971 to 1973. After his college career, he rejected several professional offers and returned home to Croatia.
Ćosić played in four Olympic Games: 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1980 in Moscow when he led his team to the gold medal. He previously led Yugoslavia to a pair of World Championship gold medals in 1970 and 1978.
Following his playing days, he turned to coaching, and led the former Yugoslav team to a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Ćosić became only the third international player ever elected to the world's Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball.
In the years following basketball he worked in the USA as a Croatian diplomat at the Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Brigham Young University (1971-73)

College Playing Highlights:

First foreign player to earn All-America honors in both 1972 and 1973 by United Press International, Converse,
Street & Smiths and the Helms Foundation
All-District Seven (1972, 1973)
All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) First Team (1971, 1972, 1973)
Upon graduation, held six WAC records
Named to the WAC All-Decade Team (1974)
Played in prestigious East-West college All-Star Game (1973)
Drafted by the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and the ABA's Carolina Cougars (1973)
Led BYU in scoring as a junior (22.3 ppg) and senior (20.2 ppg)
Second all-time rebounder (919, 11.6 rpg) and among top 10 scorers (1,512 points)
Led BYU to the NCAA Regional Finals (1971, 1972)
Led BYU to a pair of WAC titles (1971, 1972)
International Playing:

KK Zadar (1964-69, 1973-75)
KK Cibona (1980-83)
International Playing Highlights:

Played in four Olympic Games (1968, 1972, 1976, 1980)
Led Cibona to a gold medal (1980), and Zadar to silver medals (1968, 1976)
Led Cibona to a pair of World Championship gold medals (1970, 1978) and three European titles
Earned First Team All-European honors seven times
Played for two-time Italian champions Virtus Bologna (1979, 1980)
Led Virtus Bologna to a third place in European Cup of Champions (1980)
International Coaching:

Coached the former Yugoslavian team to a 7th place in the 1985 Europeans, 3rd in the 1986 Worlds and 3rd in the 1987 Europeans.
A hero on and off the court in his native homeland of Croatia, Kresimir Cosic's decision to attend Brigham Young University paved the way for international basketball players to come to America to hone their basketball skills at the collegiate level. Cosic, a 6-foot-11 center who was equally effective playing near the basket and on the perimeter, enrolled at BYU in 1970 after leading the former Yugoslavia to an Olympic silver medal in 1968. He is the first foreign player to earn All-America honors. The versatile big man led BYU to the NCAA Tournament Regional Finals and two Western Athletic Conference (WAC) titles in 1971 and 1972. Cosic led the Cougars in scoring (22.3 ppg) and rebounding (13.0 rpg) in his junior year and again in scoring in his senior year (20.2 ppg). In his a three-year collegiate career, Cosic compiled 1,512 points (19.1 ppg) and grabbed the second most rebounds in BYU history (919 rebounds, 11.6 rpg). His combination of shooting skills and aggressive rebounding made him an All-America selection following his junior season and a WAC First Team All-Star in each of his three years.
After his outstanding college career, Cosic rejected several pro offers, and instead returned home to Croatia, where his career continued to catapult. He played in four Olympic Games (1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980) and guided his team to the Gold Medal in 1980. Cosic led the former Yugoslavia to a pair of World Championship gold medals in 1970 and 1978. A seven-time First-Team All European selection, Cosic was a member of the former Yugoslavian team that won three European titles. Following his playing days, Cosic turned his talents to coaching, and led the former Yugoslavian team to a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. A member of the BYU Hall of Fame, Cosic's years of hard work and commitment to his native land were rewarded with the presentation of the Freedom Award. The Award was presented to recognize Cosic's outstanding contributions to the principles of democracy and freedom. In the years following basketball, Cosic worked in the Croatian Embassy in Washington, D.C. On May 25, 1995, after a year-long battle with a form of cancer known as non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Cosic passed away. He was 46.

   Nicola Plecas

Nikola Plecas
born January 10, 1948 in Bruvno, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia squad - 1970 FIBA World Championship Champions - Gold medal
Yugoslavia squad - 1974 FIBA World Championship Finalists - Silver medal
1968 Olympic Silver Medalists Men's Basketball – Yugoslavia

   Danko Cvjeticanin


Danko Cvjeticanin
Cibona Zagreb
After ending his career as a player, he was scouting in Europe for the NBA teams.
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