#1. This week's number one is an international center Nikola Vucevic (210-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Orlando Magic (12-20) in their last game. Despite Vucevic's very good performance the Orlando Magic was edged in an overtime 112-110 on the road by the Miami Heat.
He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 29 rebounds. Vucevic also added 2 blocks and 3 steals in 47 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was Magic's seventh consecutive loss in a row.
Vucevic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.1ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 50.9% and FT: 63.8% in the 32 games he played so far.
Vucevic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Nikola Pekovic (209-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA). He led Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory over the Phoenix Suns (12-21) 111-107 in the NBA last Saturday.
Pekovic was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 11 rebounds.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have 15-14 record this season.
This year Pekovic has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 49.9% and FT: 77.0%.
Pekovic is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.
#3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Milko Bjelica (205-84, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague). Bjelica contributed to a 1-point Caja Laboral's victory against the eighth-ranked Maccabi T-A (0-2) 71-70 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game.
He scored 8 points.
Caja Laboral Vitoria (2-0) is placed third in group F.
Bjelica's overall stats this season are: 4.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 28.2%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 81.3%.
He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin.
Bjelica is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.
#4. Power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (8-7) 82-64 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday.
He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes.
Valencia Basket (11-4) is placed third in the ACB.
Dubljevic has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg and 3.3rpg in the 14 games.
He is also Montenegrin national team player.
#5. International point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (188-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Milko Bjelica and both played together in the last Euroleague game.
Cook managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria to win against the eighth-ranked Maccabi T-A (0-2) 71-70.
He scored 5 points and added 5 passes.
It's Cook's first season with the team.
Cook's overall stats this year are: 2.5ppg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Cook plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.
Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.
#6. Center Blagota Sekulic (209-82, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a 3-point CB Canarias' victory against one of league's weakest teams Assignia Manresa (2-13) 81-78 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game.
Sekulic scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes.
Iberostar Canarias Tenerife (5-10) is placed 14th in the ACB.
This year Sekulic's overall stats are: 7.9ppg and 4.2rpg in the 15 games.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.
#7. Former international forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Austria), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga was not able to help BC Vienna (11-2) in their last game. Despite Rakocevic's very good performance the league leader BC Vienna lost 78-86 in Gussing to the lower-ranked (#5) Knights.
He was the top scorer with 24 points. Rakocevic also added 6 rebounds in 31 minutes.
They ended the series of four consecutive victories.
Rakocevic is ranked first on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.2bpg.
This year his other stats are: 16.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3apg in the 11 games.
Rakocevic used to play for the Montenegrin national team
four years ago.
#8. Swingman Sasha Pavlovic (200-83, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Portland Trail Blazers (16-15) in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers (15-16) in the NBA.
He recorded 5 points.
The Portland Trail Blazers were badly defeated 104-87 in Los Angeles by the Lakers.
Pavlovic's total stats this season are: 2.4ppg and 1.6rpg.
He used to play for the Montenegrin national team
back in 2008.
#9. Former U20 international forward Nemanja Djurisic (203-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Georgia's surprising victory against the Florida A&M University (1-0) 82-73 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Djurisic recorded 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes.
The University of Georgia has conference record this season.
This year Djurisic's total stats are: 2.4ppg and 1.6rpg in the 25 games.
He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team
two years ago.
#10. Center Marko Ljujic (205-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a White Eagles' victory against the league outsider Nassjo (3-17) 80-67 in the Swedish Basketligan on Thursday night.
Ljujic recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds.
White Eagles Stockholm (5-15) is placed tenth in the Basketligan.
It was his team's first victory after seven consecutive loses.
Ljujic has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 3.6rpg.
He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the Montenegrin national team.
#11. U21 international power forward Marko Todorovic (210-92, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Spanish team Regal FC Barcelona win their game against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker crushing them 100-78 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game.
Todorovic recorded only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court.
Todorovic has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.7rpg in the nine games.
He plays currently for the Montenegrin U21 national team.
#12. International power forward Ivan Maras (207-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help Etha in their game against AEK in the Cypriot Division A.
Maras recorded 7 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. It was his first game for Etha this season.
His team was edged 67-65.
Maras is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.
#13. International swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87, currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help Khimik in their game against Kryvbasbasket in the Ukrainian Superleague. Sehovic cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 3 points.
His team was badly defeated by 16 points 89-73.
This season Sehovic has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg.
He is also Montenegrin national team player.
#14. Former international guard Vujadin Subotic (198-81, currently plays in Cyprus) faced previously mentioned Ivan Maras in the Cypriot Division A last game.
Subotic helped AEK edge the league leader Etha 67-65.
He recorded 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 32 minutes.
Subotic has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg and 4.6rpg in the eight games.
He used to play for the Montenegrin national team
back in 2008.
#15. U21 international power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga couldn't help Arkadia Lions (1-13) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Spasojevic's very good performance the bottom-ranked Arkadia Lions were crushed 99-73 in Graz by the higher-ranked UBSC (#8).
He was the top scorer with 16 points. Spasojevic also added 4 rebounds.
Spasojevic is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league.
This season he has very high stats. Spasojevic averages: 19.1ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.6apg.
He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin U21 national team.
The list of other players, who all have Montenegrin passport but never been selected to any of Montenegrin national teams:
#1.Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Spanish team Real Madrid to a victory over the eighth-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-2) 82-67 in the Euroleague on Thursday night.
He was the best player in that game. Mirotic scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes.
Real Madrid (2-0) is placed first in group E.
Mirotic has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg and 5.1rpg in the 12 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish.
Despite Mirotic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.
#2.Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to a CEZ Nymburk's victory against the seventh-ranked Levice (9-10) 77-63 in the Czech Republic NBL last Thursday.
Pavkovic scored 8 points and added 7 passes.
CEZ Basketball Nymburk (18-1) is placed first in the NBL.
Pavkovic is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league.
His total stats this season are: 5.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.1apg and 1.2spg.
#3.Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, college: UCLA, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Air Avellino (3-10) to beat Juvecaserta (6-7).
He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes.
Air Avellino was edged in an overtime 86-84 on the road by the higher-ranked (#10) Juvecaserta.
It was Air Avellino's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
This year Dragovic has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.2spg in the 13 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin.
Despite Dragovic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.
Latkovic number one in Montenegro for round 19 (by Court Side) - 1 day ago
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Guard Milos Latkovic (196-G-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) had a great game in the last round for Lovcen, receiving a Court Side Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, five rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Jedinstvo (#7, 7-10) with 34-point margin 98-64. Lovcen maintains the 4th position in Montenegrin Erste Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games... [read more]
Guard Milos Latkovic (196-G-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management) had a great game in the last round for Lovcen, receiving a Court Side Player of the Week award for round 19. The 23-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, five rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Jedinstvo (#7, 7-10) with 34-point margin 98-64. Lovcen maintains the 4th position in Montenegrin Erste Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lovcen will need more victories to improve their 10-7 record. In the team's last game Latkovic had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Lovcen, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Milos Latkovic has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.3ppg. Latkovic is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.0apg) and averages impressive 2.3spg,55.0% FGP and 41.7% from behind 3-point line.
The second best player in last round's games was another Lovcen's star - young Vasilije Knezevic (202-C-96). Knezevic had a very good evening with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course together with Latkovic he helped Lovcen with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Jedinstvo (#7, 7-10) 98-64. Lovcen's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-7 record is not bad at all. Knezevic is one of the most experienced players at Lovcen and similarly like Milos Latkovic has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third on the list of top players last round was center Boris Jeknic (203-C-89) of Ulcinj (#5). Jeknic showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Ulcinj, leading his team to a 92-83 win against slightly lower-ranked S.Centar (#6, 7-10). Ulcinj needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 8 lost games. Jeknic has a very solid season. In 17 games in Montenegro he scored 13.1ppg. He also has 5.7rpg and FGP: 64.2%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Djoko Salic (213-C-95) of Sutjeska - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Milan Latkovic (184-G-86) of Ulcinj - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists 6. Marko Koljevic (191-G-90) of S.Centar - 32 points and 3 rebounds 7. Nikola Rondovic (207-PF-91) of Ibar Rozaje - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Marko Ljujic (207-C-90) of Ibar Rozaje - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Dejan Bjelic (209-C-90) of Jedinstvo - 18 points and 7 rebounds 10. Dragoje Djokovic (190-G-93) of Ulcinj - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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Buducnost is the new-old winner of Montenegrin Cup. Even though nothing has really changed this time Buducnost could be considered lucky because one shot decided their destiny and this time this shot was in the hands of Antabia Waller (191-G-88, college: Auburn), Mornar's sharp shooter who missed a wide open shot from a central position to secure a big win for his team. But Buducnost won at the end (72-68). Buducnost started the game much better and opened it with a 20-11 lead in the firs... [read more]
Buducnost is the new-old winner of Montenegrin Cup. Even though nothing has really changed this time Buducnost could be considered lucky because one shot decided their destiny and this time this shot was in the hands of Antabia Waller (191-G-88, college: Auburn), Mornar's sharp shooter who missed a wide open shot from a central position to secure a big win for his team. But Buducnost won at the end (72-68). Buducnost started the game much better and opened it with a 20-11 lead in the first quarter which was defended by the halftime. However, in the third quarter Mornar played much better, Octavius Ellis (208-C-93, college: Cincinnati) protected the basket and Buducnost's big men got in foul trouble. The last quarter was a very exciting experience for everybody in the gym because Mornar got the lead back and Buducnost's rotation did not bring any results. But in the last few minutes thanks to outstanding performances by Nemanja Gordic (193-PG-88) and Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) Buducnost won the game and celebrated another Cup title. Sehovic and Gordic scored 15 points each for the winners and most of these points came in the crucial moments. On the other side former Buducnost's talent Boris Bakic (193-G-86, agency: BeoBasket) scored 17 points.
KK Ibar Rozaje (Erste Liga) signed 25-year old Slovenian guard Stefan Vukovic (196-98kg-92, college: Blue Mountain) after he was tested there shortly. He played recently at KK Splosna plovba Portoroz in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM, but left. In 9 games he had 10.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Vukovic played at Studentski Centar Podgorica where in 6 Erste Liga games he recorded 3.5ppg and 2.0rpg. He was named to SSAC All-Academic Team in 2015. Vukovic graduated fr... [read more]
KK Ibar Rozaje (Erste Liga) signed 25-year old Slovenian guard Stefan Vukovic (196-98kg-92, college: Blue Mountain) after he was tested there shortly. He played recently at KK Splosna plovba Portoroz in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM, but left. In 9 games he had 10.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Vukovic played at Studentski Centar Podgorica where in 6 Erste Liga games he recorded 3.5ppg and 2.0rpg. He was named to SSAC All-Academic Team in 2015. Vukovic graduated from Blue Mountain College in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.
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