The experienced coach Milan Rondovic (ex Primorka, Teodo, White Eagles etc.), who is known as one of the few coaches in Montenegro that won promotion with almost every team he coached, talks for eurobasket.com about his career and plans for the future.
Could you tell us more about your playing career?
I started playing basketball in elementary school in the youth team of Rudar. But I stayed there very short. At that time Berane was one of the stronger teams in Montenegro and I went there as a high school student. There I remained for one season and was one of the best players in the league along with Arsenije Pesic, Dusko Pavlovic, Mihailo Pavicevic etc. Next year as a prospect I joined Buducnost and played there with the generation of Dragan Ivanovic and Dusko Ivanovic. I stayed there for two seasons and entered college. In 1979 I came to Bar and I had to sit out a half-season because I did not get the letter of clearance from my previous club. It was the time of the earthquake that devastated Montenegro. Mornar had a very good generation: Dusko Pavlovic, Djodjije Pavicevic, Mihailo Pavicevic , Nikica Kovacevic, Dodo Pelicic etc.
How did you decide to start coaching?
I finished my career as Ced Duraskovic arrival as head coach of the club and I was offered the position of assistant. At that time I was 28 years old. He told me: I do not count on you this year and I think that's better for you to be my assistant coach. It was hard for me to accept it, I felt like my world was collapsing but I decided to accept. It was 1987. Two years later came Mikica Petrovic, former coach of Buducnost, who later successfully worked in Italy, and to whom I was also assistant coach. That season (1989/1990) did not succeed to avoid relegation from the national league to the republic league and a couple of rounds before the end of the season I was offered to coach the team independently since Petrovic left the head coaching staff. Next season I was the first coach of the team in republican league. I had no experience, and we ended the season in the middle of the table. After that season Mihailo Pavicevic replaced me and I took care of the youth team.
How did you come up with the idea to form VOLI youth league and who are the most famous players who came out of the league?
Primorka, still a respected company at that time, decided to be sponsor of the league. In the organization have been involved all the former players: Dusko Pavlovic, Brano Dobrkovic, Bobo Ljutica, Nikica Kovacevic, etc. Through this competition we developed our own potentials such as Mladen Sekularac (203-G/F-81), Slobodan Tosic (195-G-80, agency: BeoExcell), Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket), Dusko Nedic, who previously played football etc.
Actually, that league was a test for your upcoming project- forming a second team from Bar called Basketball Club Primorka.
Yes, Primorka was formed in 1995 and in 2000 we made it into the First Federal League (YUBA). I had a chance to develop as a coach with that club. In this team I had a young Mladen Sekularac, then probably the greatest talent in the Balkans, which was the co MVP player of Cadet European Championships along with Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81).
However, after the great success you suddenly left the club and went to the third division side Rudar from Pljevlja?
I accepted the invitation from Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ), who is originally from Pljevlja, to help the club tomake it to the Second Division. I managed to make that dream come true because we have been successfull against strong teams Jedinstvo and Ljubovic, then ran by Goran Bojanic. Rudar got a new gym, which was always full. There started his career Mark Rakocevic who later played in Lovcen and abroad, and I brought also Vjekoslav Vujacic from Bar. Our point guard was Dusan Vidic, brother of Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United football star, who was a very talented player and one of the best point guards in the League. I have stayed there for two years...
After the experience with Rudar you joined again Primorka in Division II and started building up a new team?
We have formed a team of juniors of Primorka that were 16 years old with a few lmore experienced players born in Bar. Although at the beginning we were not sure if we should compete or not but we decided to try it and after a couple of defeats we played the rest of the season well and qualified for the First division. That team was led by the prospects such as Goran Martinic (184-PG-87, agency: BeoExcell) and Slobodan Pejovic (192-PG-86) that both later made successful senior careers. In the first division we were not able to be equal rival with others because these guys lacked experience, but we brought a couple of anonymous players (Danilo Draskovic and Radomir Marojevic) that are today well known players. A year later Primorka ceased to exist ..
Where did you go after that?
I went to Ulcinj, where I put together a solid team and brought Ranko Carapic (185-G-70, agency: Beo Basket) and Milisav Susic, but I had to leave them for family reasons. After that I did a season in Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje and although we did not have some great results, I met a lot of friends there.
After that comes a turning point in your career and you joined Teodo Tivat, a newly formed club that played in Second division.
With Teodo I won promotion to the First Division where we played a significant role and advanced to the Superleague every year. There I met some wonderful people led by General manager Misko Lucic. I'm glad to see that this season Teodo achieved some great results in the Balkan League as well as in the domestic league.
Last year in Teodo you coached your son Nikola Rondovic (207-F-91, agency: Interperformances), a talent of Red Star Belgrade. How difficult it to work with your own son? Could you tell us something about that?
This is an extremely difficult task, and I'd like to have a prescription how it works also. Nikola was the National team member of Serbia and won the gold medal at the Cadet and Junior European Championships, he is still young and I hope he will make progress and successful career. He is now the member of Mornar from his home town Bar and it all depends on him. We will see what happens in the future with him.
After a short stay in Sweden, with the White Eagles from Stockholm, you left the team in October this year, and returned to Bar. What are your plans for the future?
Honestly speakling, I have spent many years in professional basketball and now I want to dedicate myself to working with youth players again. I decided to start my own basketball academy and I will give training in the new hall of the elementary school Anto Djedovic. I am very motivated to again do what I love most.
Thank you for the interview. Eurobasket.com and myself wish you a lot of luck with your upcoming activities.
Thanks to you for giving me the opportunity. All the best.
The Round 16 will be remembered because the youngest team in the league won against the leader Teodo (83-77). In a very close game the home team was more focused and got a huge win. Herceg Novi born and raised players Veselin Kovacevic (202-F-94) (20 points) and Slobodan Miljanic (201-F-90, college: Lynn, agency: AproK Sports Group) (17 points) pushed hard their team last night. On the other side experienced Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81, agency: BeoExcell) scored 21 points in a disappointi... [read more]
The Round 16 will be remembered because the youngest team in the league won against the leader Teodo (83-77). In a very close game the home team was more focused and got a huge win. Herceg Novi born and raised players Veselin Kovacevic (202-F-94) (20 points) and Slobodan Miljanic (201-F-90, college: Lynn, agency: AproK Sports Group) (17 points) pushed hard their team last night. On the other side experienced Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81, agency: BeoExcell) scored 21 points in a disappointing performance by Teodo.
Primorje's win probably left Danilovgrad with no hope. Even though Danilovgrad played a solid first half against Lovcen the last placed team did not have any chance to get the win (74-49). The third quarter was decisive (30-5 for Lovcen) and it was clear that Danilovgrad did not practice for whole week due to bad financial situation. Vasilije Knezevic (202-C-96) led the home team with a double double- 16 points and 10 rebounds. For the guests Bojan Ratkovic (183-PG-92) and Emir Hadzibegovic (204-PF-96) scored 15 points each.
In the postponed game of Round 15 Studentski centar lost at home against Ulcinj (76-89), The game was tied until the halftime but then the guests played much better and got another win. Boris Jeknic (203-C-89) led the guests with 25 points while Aleksandar Bogojevic (189-G-86) played a good game for home team but it was not enough to get the win.
Marko Todorovic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Montenegrins playing currently abroad: - 4 days ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Montenegrins who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international forward Marko Todorovic (209-92). He was the major contributor in Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked Astana in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Montenegrins who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international forward Marko Todorovic (209-92, currently plays in VTB United League). He was the major contributor in Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked Astana (6-6) 83-66 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game.
Todorovic had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 29 minutes on the court.
BC Khimky Moscow Region (9-3) is placed fifth in the VTB United League.
This year Todorovic averages: 8.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 64.8%(35-54) in 11 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). Dubljevic led Valencia Basket to a victory over the closely-ranked Movil Estudiantes (9-5) 93-85 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday.
He was MVP of the game. Dubljevic scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Valencia Basket (12-4) is placed second in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
It's Dubljevic's fourth season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3FGP: 27.8% and FT: 88.9%.
Dubljevic is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.
#3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Nikola Vucevic (213-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA). He was the main contributor in an Orlando Magic's victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (18-25) 115-109 in the NBA on Friday night.
Vucevic was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 10 rebounds. Vucevic also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 32 minutes.
The Orlando Magic has 17-27 record this season.
Vucevic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Magic's roster.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Vucevic averages: 13.7ppg, 10.0rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 28.2% and FT: 62.5% in 41 games.
He is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.
#4. Point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Euroleague) could not help FC Barcelona (8-10) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Rice's very good performance the ninth-placed FC Barcelona (8-10) was edged 69-67 at home by the higher-ranked Olympiacos (#3) in the group A of Euroleague.
He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Rice also added 5 assists.
This season Rice has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 5.3apg and 1.3spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Rice used to play for the Montenegrin national team
back in 2014. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.
#5. Former international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St., currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Kalev/Cramo (2-10) crushing them 95-64 in the VTB United League last Sunday.
Rochestie scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes.
Lokomotiv Kuban (10-2) is placed second in the VTB United League.
It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row.
Rochestie has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.8apg and 1.5spg in six games.
He is a naturalized American.
Rochestie used to play for the Montenegrin national team
three years ago.
Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.
#6. Power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Krka (5-13) 79-62 in the ABA League on Sunday night.
Bjelica scored 9 points and added 3 passes.
Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (18-0) is placed first in the ABA League.
So far his team won all eighteen games in the Regular Season.
It's Bjelica's first season with the team.
His stats this year are: 10.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.5apg.
Bjelica is a former international player as he played for the Montenegrin senior team three years ago.
#7. Former international power forward Filip Barovic (207-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (1-4) crushing them 96-69 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game.
He was the top player that evening. Barovic scored 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks in a mere 19 minutes.
Telekom Baskets Bonn (4-1) is placed first in group M.
His team will play only one more game in the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. And that game will be critical.
Barovic averaged so far 10.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.7apg in nine games.
He used to play for the Montenegrin national team
three years ago.
#8. Power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Stelmet's victory against the tenth-ranked Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (8-8) 76-65 in the Polish PLK last Saturday.
Dragicevic scored 15 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
Stelmet Zielona Gora (12-3) is placed second in the PLK.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
Dragicevic's stats this season are: 12.4ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4apg.
He used to play for the Montenegrin national team
back in 2014.
#9. Former international power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help Mega Leks (5-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Spasojevic's very good performance Mega Leks was defeated 89-85 on the road by the much higher-ranked Cedevita (#4).
He was the top scorer with 18 points.
Spasojevic's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 3.5rpg.
He used to play for the Montenegrin national team
two years ago.
#10. Swingman Milos Savovic (200-89, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Tamis (8-5) crushing them 79-59 in the Serbian KLS last Saturday.
Savovic recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes.
KK Vrsac Swisslion (11-2) is placed first in the KLS.
It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row.
Savovic has been at the team for four years.
This season his overall stats are: 9.5ppg and 2.9rpg in 11 games.
Savovic is a former U20 international player as eight years ago he still played for the Montenegrin national team.
#11. International shooting guard Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to secure a victory for Szolnok (2-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Szolnok (#8) lost 91-96 on their home court in Szolnok to the leading Besiktas in the group E of Basketball Champions League.
Pavlicevic recorded 17 points, 9 assists and 4 steals in 33 minutes.
Pavlicevic averaged so far 14.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.0apg and 2.5spg in six games.
He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.
#12. Former international point guard Ivan Koljevic (187-84, currently plays in Iran) contributed to Kashan's victory against the closely-ranked Army 85-74 in the Iranian Superleague last Thursday.
Koljevic scored 23 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 9 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line).
This season Koljevic has very high stats. He averages: 23.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 5.0apg and 1.1spg.
Koljevic used to play for the Montenegrin national team
back in 2012.
#13. International shooting guard Vladimir Mihailovic (193-90, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to a 3-point EWE Baskets' victory against the fifth-ranked PAOK 82-79 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night.
He recorded 10 points in only 13 minutes.
This year Mihailovic's total stats are: 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.0apg in four games.
He is also Montenegrin national team player.
#14. Former international power forward Nemanja Radovic (208-91, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help UCAM Murcia (1-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Radovic's good performance UCAM Murcia was defeated 94-85 in Las Palmas by the lower-ranked Gran Canaria (#3).
He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Radovic has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 3.5rpg.
He used to play for the Montenegrin national team
back in 2014.
#15. Former University international center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Cherno More 76-58 in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday.
Sekulovic scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes.
Sekulovic has very impressive stats this year: 17.8ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.8apg in 12 games.
He used to play for the Montenegrin university national team
two years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Montenegrin passport but never been selected to any of Montenegrin national teams:
#1.Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: UCLA, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) led his French team ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to a victory over the eighth-ranked Rosa (3-10) crushing them 87-67 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night.
Dragovic was the top player that evening. He recorded 16 points in 25 minutes.
ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-3) is placed first in group C.
Dragovic's team will play only one more game in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Dragovic averaged so far 11.1ppg and 3.4rpg in 12 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin.
Despite Dragovic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.
#2.Nikola Vukovic (202-F/C-90, currently plays in Serbia) could not help Dunav SB (8-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Dunav SB was defeated 80-75 on the road by the much lower-ranked Metalac (#11).
Vukovic was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 8 rebounds.
Vukovic's total stats this season are: 9.2ppg and 5.0rpg.
#3.Filip Popovic was the major contributor in a Radnicki 1950's victory against the seventh-ranked Sloboda (7-7) crushing them 100-79 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) last Saturday.
Popovic had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 16 rebounds in 27 minutes.
Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac (11-3) is placed third in the 2MLS.
Popovic has averaged so far 8.2ppg and 4.5rpg in 13 games.
#4.Stefan Ljubenkovic (197-F-95, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to help Spartak in their game against KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac (7-6) in the Serbian KLS.
He recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Spartak was crushed 101-77 in Krusevac by the lower-ranked (#8) KK Napredak Rubin.
Ljubenkovic has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg in 13 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Serbian.
Despite Ljubenkovic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Serbian U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.
#5. Experienced Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia) was not able to secure a victory for Gradjanski (3-8) in their game against Spars Sarajevo (6-5) in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. Despite his very good performance last Sunday Marojevic was the top scorer with 30 points. He also added 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line).
Marojevic averaged so far 14.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.4apg.
#6.Nikola Korac (185-G-86, currently plays in Balkan League) couldn't help Bashkimi in their game against Sigal Prishtina in the Balkan League, despite his very good performance on Tuesday night.
He was the top scorer with 22 points. Korac also added made 4 passes and 3 steals (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 37 minutes. It was his first game for Bashkimi this season.
But his team lost 81-87.
#7.Milos Komatina (206-F/C-84, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help BC Timisoara in their game against Pitesti in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Komatina recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Komatina averaged so far 12.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg.
#8.Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Chicago Bulls in their game against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA.
He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes.
His team were edged 99-98 in the NBA.
Mirotic averaged so far 9.4ppg and 5.5rpg in 37 games.
He has both Montenegrin and Spanish nationalities.
#9.Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Terme Olimia in their game against Hopsi Polzela in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game.
Julevic scored 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 33 minutes.
But his team was edged 95-93.
Julevic averaged so far 12.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg in 14 games.
He also holds two passports: Montenegrin and Slovenian.
Despite Julevic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U21 national team.
#10.Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) managed to help Union Olimpija Ljubljana in a victory against the league outsider LTH Castings crushing them 90-70 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Tuesday night's game.
Milosevic scored 5 points in 17 minutes.
Milosevic has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg in 13 games.
Jermaine Anderson (ex Chalons-Reims) is a newcomer at Mornar Bar - 5 days ago
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KK Mornar Basket Bar (Erste Liga) added to their roster experienced 34-year old Canadian ex-international point guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham). He started the season at Chalons-Reims in French ProA. In 12 games he recorded 3.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.9apg this season. Anderson ended the last season at Braunschweig in German BBL where in 12 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.3apg. But the most of that year he spent at Betis Energia Plus Sevilla in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 1... [read more]
KK Mornar Basket Bar (Erste Liga) added to their roster experienced 34-year old Canadian ex-international point guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham). He started the season at Chalons-Reims in French ProA. In 12 games he recorded 3.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.9apg this season. Anderson ended the last season at Braunschweig in German BBL where in 12 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.3apg. But the most of that year he spent at Betis Energia Plus Sevilla in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 15 games he had 3.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.1apg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Anderson won Montenegrin League championship title in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Honorable Mention back in 2010. Anderson represented Canada at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.0%. Anderson is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Panionios), Poland (Swiecie), Russia (Zenit), Germany (Gladiators and Walter Tigers), Croatia (Cibona and Cedevita), Montenegro (Buducnost) and Canada (Halifax Rainmen). Anderson attended Fordham University until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
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