#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.
Adriatic League: Igokea top Mornar Bar - 4 hours ago
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Igokea - Mornar Bar 74:69 Igokea celebrated the seventh victory in the Adriatic League regular season. They rallied past Mornar Bar at home court. Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) scored 13 points to lead the Bosnian powerhouse. Igokea claimed a 20:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts boosted the margin in the second frame. Igokea piled up a 39:28 halftime advantage. The hosts traded baskets with the visitors throughout the third term. Igokea entered the fourth fra... [read more]
Igokea - Mornar Bar 74:69
Igokea celebrated the seventh victory in the Adriatic League regular season. They rallied past Mornar Bar at home court. Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) scored 13 points to lead the Bosnian powerhouse. Igokea claimed a 20:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts boosted the margin in the second frame. Igokea piled up a 39:28 halftime advantage. The hosts traded baskets with the visitors throughout the third term. Igokea entered the fourth frame up by 11 points. Mornar Bar sank 20 points in the final period cutting the deficit but still came up short at the end. James Robinson (190-PG-94, college: Pittsburgh) accounted for 12 points, while Vuk Radivojevic (196-G-83) added 11 points for the winners. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) responded with 19 points for Mornar Bar. Antabia Waller (188-G-88, college: Auburn, agency: Three Eye Sports) tossed in 18 points in the loss.
Newly promoted Shahrdary Kashan (Superleague) tabbed 32-year old Montenegrin ex-international point guard Ivan Koljevic (187-79kg-84) from Shahrdary Arak. In 33 Superleague games in Iran he averaged 7.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.7apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (2015) summer Koljevic played at Naft Abadan where in 11 Superleague games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 21.8ppg and recorded 5.0rpg, 4.4apg (top 2) and 1.8spg (in top 4) in 2015 season. [read more]
Newly promoted Shahrdary Kashan (Superleague) tabbed 32-year old Montenegrin ex-international point guard Ivan Koljevic (187-79kg-84) from Shahrdary Arak. In 33 Superleague games in Iran he averaged 7.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.7apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (2015) summer Koljevic played at Naft Abadan where in 11 Superleague games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 21.8ppg and recorded 5.0rpg, 4.4apg (top 2) and 1.8spg (in top 4) in 2015 season. He can count that year as a very successful as was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague 2nd Team. His team won Polish League Supercup in 2012. Koljevic also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 six years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 5.5ppg, 1.5apg. Koljevic is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in eight different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Koljevic has played previously professionally also in Greece (Trikalla), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Russia (Ural Great), Spain (RETAbet Bilbao Basket), Turkey (Bornova), Ukraine (BC Odessa, Khimik and Cherkasy) and Poland (PGE Turow and Polpharma). Let's have closer look into His outlook:
Big talent. Fantastic shooter. He is especially excellent in shooting for 3 points. On his days, he can't miss!!! Very fast player, great ball handler and passer. Has excellent dribbling. This is his 3rd season as pro, and 2nd in Buducnost. Has played in Euroleague last season. But, he still very often makes mistakes in offense. He is not strong enough. And needs to improve defense. But, he can score from any position in key moments. His former teammate, Aleksandar Pavlovic, is already playing for Utah Jazz. Koljevic is even better than him and 1 year younger!!!
+ fantastic 3 point shooter (in key moments also)
- strength, defense
Outlook (by NBADraft.TK):
Promissing point guard, who is quick footed, has gerat ball handling skills and can score both in penetration and from the outside; has really a huge upside.
Strengths: A very flashy player with incredible quickness. One of the quickest players in all of Europe. Has an excellent crossover dribble and great ball handling skills. Plays more like an American style game, then the prototypical European point guards. Great at penetrating the defense and slashing to the basket. Good shooter who loves to shoot the three.
Weaknesses: Play can get very out of control. Sometimes forces up ridiculously difficult shots. Tends to launch contested threes that have a very low chance of going in. Might not have the leadership ability to lead a NBA team. Very turnover prone. His decision making is poor and sometimes loses focus of his teammates. Despite his skills he does not play like a pure point guard. A horrible defensive player. He will get beat off the dribble by almost every point guard in the NBA. Lacks the lateral mobility to stay in front of his man.
KTE-Duna Aszfalt (A Division) signed 25-year old Montenegrin international point guard Milutin Djukanovic (190-85kg-91). He played last season at Lovcen in Montenegrin Erste Liga. Djukanovic managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In only one Erste Liga game he recorded 8 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. He also spent pre-season at Metalac (KLS) in Serbian league that year. The other team Djukanovic played shortly was Turk Telekom in Turkish BSL. But in 5 g... [read more]
KTE-Duna Aszfalt (A Division) signed 25-year old Montenegrin international point guard Milutin Djukanovic (190-85kg-91). He played last season at Lovcen in Montenegrin Erste Liga. Djukanovic managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In only one Erste Liga game he recorded 8 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. He also spent pre-season at Metalac (KLS) in Serbian league that year. The other team Djukanovic played shortly was Turk Telekom in Turkish BSL. But in 5 games he had just 1.4ppg. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 3.5ppg and 1.3rpg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Djukanovic's team made it to the Czech Republic Cup Final Four in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Honorable Mention in 2015. Djukanovic has been also a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. He has regularly played for Montenegrin senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011. Djukanovic also represented Montenegro at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 73.3%. Djukanovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bosnia (HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar), Czech Republic (BK Opava) and Turkey (Istanbul BBSK).
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