#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 (14-28) in their last game. Despite Vucevic's very good performance the Orlando Magic was edged 97-95 on the road by the Toronto Raptors.
He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 14 rebounds. Vucevic also added 3 blocks in 30 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was Magic's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
Vucevic is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders with 11.1rpg.
He also averaged so far 11.8ppg, 1.6apg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 52.1% and FT: 67.2% in the 42 games he played so far.
Vucevic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He was not able to help Valencia Basket (12-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Dubljevic's very good performance Valencia Basket was edged 72-69 in Madrid by the much lower-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#16).
He was the top scorer with 20 points. Dubljevic also added 4 rebounds.
It's Dubljevic's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 56.9%(66-116) and FT: 87.2%.
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 power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Eurocup). He was the major contributor in a Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against the closely-ranked Stelmet ZG (1-2) crushing them 89-69 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night.
Dragicevic scored 16 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes.
Spartak St.Petersburg (2-1) is placed second in group K.
There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical.
This year Dragicevic has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 69.2%(36-52) and FT: 81.8% in the eight games.
He is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.
#4. Power forward Milko Bjelica (205-84, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (1-4) crushing them 97-75 in the Euroleague last Friday.
Bjelica recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes.
Caja Laboral Vitoria (4-1) is placed third in group F.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Bjelica's overall stats are: 5.3ppg and 2.8rpg in the 14 games.
He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin.
Bjelica is also Montenegrin national team player.
#5. An experienced former international forward Ivan Ivanovic (205-80, currently plays in Romania) led Gaz Metan to a victory over the closely-ranked Targu Mures (5-12) 76-63 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game.
He was MVP of the game. Ivanovic had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 31 minutes.
CS Gaz Metan Medias (10-8) is placed eighth in the Liga Nationala.
Ivanovic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.
Ivanovic has reliable stats this year: 13.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.9apg in the 18 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Serbian.
Ivanovic used to play for the Montenegrin national team
five years ago.
#6. 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 in a victory against the seventh-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (1-4) crushing them 97-75.
He recorded 5 points and added 4 passes in 19 minutes.
This year Cook's total stats are: 3.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.6apg in the five games.
He is a naturalized American.
Cook is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.
Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.
#7. International center Nikola Pekovic (209-86, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-22) in their game against the Los Angeles Clippers (32-12) in the NBA.
Pekovic scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
The Minnesota Timberwolves were defeated 90-77 in Los Angeles by the Clippers.
Pekovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg and 8.6rpg.
Pekovic is also Montenegrin national team player.
#8. Swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to Khimik's victory against the 11th-ranked DniproAzot (10-16) 81-76 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday.
He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 33 minutes.
Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (15-11) is placed fifth in the Superleague.
The Regular Season already ended.
Sehovic's stats this year are: 11.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.2apg in the 26 games.
He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.
#9. International center Blagota Sekulic (209-82, agency: FCM, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an CB Canarias' victory against the closely-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (9-9) 84-79 in the Spanish ACB on Tuesday night.
Sekulic recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists.
Iberostar Canarias Tenerife (7-11) is placed 12th in the ACB.
Sekulic has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 4.8rpg.
He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.
#10. Shooting guard Bojan Bakic (195-83, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Metalac's victory against the closely-ranked Sloboda (10-6) 77-73 in the Serbian A League last Saturday.
He recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!).
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Vujic Metalac Valjevo (10-6) is placed fourth in the A League.
This season Bakic has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.3apg.
Bakic is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.
#11. Former U21 international point guard Goran Martinic (183-87, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Liga Nationala couldn't help CSM Bucuresti (12-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance CSM Bucuresti was badly defeated 103-83 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#4) Ploiesti.
Martinic was the second best scorer with 21 points in 33 minutes.
Martinic is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (seventh place).
He has very impressive stats this year: 22.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.8apg and 1.9spg in the 18 games.
Martinic used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team
six years ago.
#12. International swingman Sead Sehovic (196-89, currently plays in Adriatic League) couldn't help Szolnok in their game against Radnicki KG in the Adriatic League.
He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
His team was defeated 78-66.
Sehovic's stats this season are: 12.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.1apg.
He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.
#13. Former U21 international center Milovan Savic (205-87, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League couldn't help Konstantin (8-8) in their last game. Despite Savic's very good performance Konstantin was badly defeated 86-70 on the opponent's court by the leading Mega_Vizura.
He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Savic also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes.
He has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 3.6rpg in the 11 games.
Savic used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team
six years ago.
#14. International swingman Milos Borisov (198-85, currently plays in Adriatic League) faced previously mentioned Sead Sehovic in the Adriatic League last game.
Borisov contributed to a Radnicki KG's victory against the league outsider Szolnok 78-66.
He scored 9 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Borisov has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 3.6rpg.
He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.
#15. Former U18 international guard Amin Hot (192-92, currently plays in Bosnia), who plays in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I couldn't help Vogosca (5-9) in their last game. Despite Hot's very good performance Vogosca lost 64-71 in Varda to the higher-ranked (#8) Varda HE.
He was the top scorer with 26 points. Hot also added 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 40 minutes.
Hot belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #4) and also on the list of best passers (first place).
He has very impressive stats this year: 19.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 7.4apg and 2.8spg in the 13 games.
Hot used to play for the Montenegrin U18 national team
three years ago.
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 Spain) was the major contributor in a Real Madrid's victory against the 11th-ranked Unicaja Malaga (8-10) crushing them 91-67 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game.
Mirotic scored 12 points.
Real Madrid (17-1) is placed first in the ACB.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Mirotic has reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg and 5.1rpg.
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.Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Belgium) led Base Oostende to a victory against the closely-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (8-5) 74-70 in the Belgian Ethias League on Saturday night.
He recorded 17 points.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet Oostende (9-4) is placed first in the Ethias League.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
Djordjevic belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #3.
This season he averages: 8.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.9apg and 1.1spg.
Djordjevic is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin.
#3.Novak Popovic (207-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia) led Capljina Lasta to a victory over the 12th-ranked Zrinjski HT (5-9) crushing them 83-60 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I last Saturday.
He was the best player in that game. Popovic recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists.
HKK Capljina Lasta (10-4) is placed second in the Division I.
Popovic is currently fourth on the league's list of best blockers.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Popovic averages: 15.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.8apg.
#4.Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Czech Republic could not help CEZ Nymburk (1-2) to beat VEF Riga (2-1).
Pavkovic scored 9 points and added 5 assists in 20 minutes.
But the third-placed CEZ Nymburk lost 80-85 at home to the second-ranked VEF Riga in the group J of Eurocup.
There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical.
Pavkovic has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.0apg in the nine games he played so far.
#5.Filip Goranovic (205-C/F-85, currently plays in Bosnia), who plays in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I was not able to help KK Radnik Bijeljina (8-6) in their last game. Despite Goranovic's very good performance KK Radnik Bijeljina lost 77-85 on the road to the leading Bosna ASA BHT.
He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Goranovic also added 8 rebounds in 28 minutes.
Goranovic averaged so far 10.8ppg and 5.7rpg in the 12 games.
#6.Petar Despotovic (194-G-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Serbia), who plays in the Serbian A League was not able to secure a victory for Konstantin (8-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Konstantin was badly defeated 86-70 on the opponent's court by the leading Mega_Vizura.
Despotovic recorded 12 points, 4 assists and 3 steals.
Despotovic averaged so far 10.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg.
He has both Montenegrin and Serbian nationalities.
Despite Despotovic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.
#7. Experienced Ranko Velimirovic (205-C/F-72, another player represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Bosnia) couldn't help Mladost in their game against Leotar in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I, despite his very good performance last Saturday.
He was the top scorer with 17 points in 31 minutes.
But his team was edged 57-55.
Velimirovic averaged so far 11.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.4apg in the 13 games.
#8.Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Elektra in their game against Tajfun in the Slovenian Telemach League. Despite his good performance on Saturday night He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Julevic also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line).
He averaged so far 12.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.1apg.
Julevic also holds two passports: Montenegrin and Slovenian.
Despite his Montenegrin nationality, Julevic previously played for the Slovenian U21 national team.
#9.Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Smederevo Vizura crushing them 103-78 in the Serbian A League in Saturday night's game.
He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes.
Marojevic has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 3.1rpg in the 16 games.
#10.Milos Komatina (205-F/C-84, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to a 3-point Igokea's victory against the closely-ranked Zvezda 80-77 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night.
He scored 12 points.
Komatina has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 3.2rpg.
213-C-90, college: USC) is a well known name to basketball fans in the whole world. Born in Switzerland, raised in Belgium and Montenegro, professional player in the best league in the world- the National Basketball Association (NBA). EuroBasket.com interviewed him during his stay in Montenegro, while he was on a mission with Montenegrin National Team which ended successfully (Montenegro qualified for the European championship). Hello Nikola, could you tell us how did you... [read more]
Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) is a well known name to basketball fans in the whole world. Born in Switzerland, raised in Belgium and Montenegro, professional player in the best league in the world- the National Basketball Association (NBA). EuroBasket.com interviewed him during his stay in Montenegro, while he was on a mission with Montenegrin National Team which ended successfully (Montenegro qualified for the European championship).
Hello Nikola, could you tell us how did your basketball career start?
I have started playing basketball in Belgium, my father played there professionally. I watched him play, he was my role model and I felt in love with basketball at the age of 9. Then my family moved back to Montenegro.
Coming back to Montenegro was probably a cultural shock knowing that you were raised in Belgium?
Actually, it was not such a big cultural shock for me as I already had friends here. We used to come every summer for vacation to our home country. The only little issue was the knowledge of the local language. I went to French schools so it took me a while to adjust to learning in a different language although I was able to speak it fluently. Basketball was not a problem, its a very universal language so it did not take me long to learn basketball expressions. I was very skinny and I played as a shooting guard at that time.
Your father Borislav Vucevic (201-F-58) was a well known player who played in KK Bosna and Yugoslavian National team as well as abroad. He had a long career and even played at the Belgium League All Star game in his 40s. Did you see his basketball past as a burden for your basketball development or as a motivation to become even a better player?
He did not put any pressure on me. I told him that my wish was to play basketball and he replied that I was talented but I need to work a lot and make sacrifices to be successful. He warned me that I would not have the same life style as my friends if I wanted to be a good basketball player but I was motivated to give it a try. Both my mom and dad played basketball so after a while I realized basketball could be my profession.
As a high school student you were at the crossroads- what to do next? Not many people know that you actually went to Serbian team FMP Zeleznik for try-outs but at the end decided to go to a high school in America. Could you tell us more about that decision?
My first option was FMP Zeleznik. I did try-outs with them, for head coach Slobodan Klipa. They were interested in me but we did not reach agreement. At that time I head from a family friend Vito Dragovic whose son Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, college: UCLA, agency: BeoBasket) played for UCLA that American basketball would be an option to consider. My dad liked the idea, we thought about it and decided to take a chance. Now I realize it was the best move for me and I am proud on my decision. I was also lucky to go to a good high school and later to a good college. I think that the US system can be very beneficial for our basketball players because between 300-400 NCAA colleges you can choose one that will give you a chance and help you improve.
From a small city like Bar you moved to a big state (California). You got a chance in a good school and after promoting yourself there you had another choice to make- finding the right college to continue your basketball development. How did that choice go?
I talked to my family. It was a hard decision to make, I did not have many offers though. The most serious offers were Nevada Reno and USC. There were some other schools that showed interest too. My first choice was Nevada but at the last minute I changed my mind and went to USC. It took me one month to make that decision. But it was the right decision. I had a chance to collaborate with good coaches and teammates, got a chance to play immediately. As a sophomore I started and played over 30 mins a game.
After your junior year you decided to apply for the NBA draft. You had one more year of eligibility. Why did you make that decision?
I thought the level I reached in college was good enough to try to fulfill my dream and play in the NBA. I made a big step forward in the final part of my junior year and it convinced my to try new challenges. I also knew that I was as good as any other post player in my draft class so it gave me confidence. My goal was to make to be a first round pick. I had work outs with 13 NBA teams, two work outs a day. The predictions were that I would be picked as a late first round pick or early second round. But after the work outs my chances got better and I was chosen by the 76ers as a first round draft pick.
You spent your rookie season with the 76ers. How did the team accept you as a rookie? It was a good year for me, I had ups and downs of course but I believe I had a good rookie season. The team was a mix or experienced and young players and they accepted me well, especially Andre Iguodala (198-SF-84, college: Arizona) who was the team captain and best players and he helped me a lot to adjust to the NBA level.
After the 76ers traded you to the Magic you came to a team that started a rebuilding phase. You got a chance immediately to show your worth as a started. How hard it was to adjust to a new role knowing that you were just a rotation player at the 76ers? I was not sure that I would be a starter. They had Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85, college: San Jose St.) as a center but I knew I could fight for the starting five position so I arrived earlier to Orlando, 20 days before the start of the training camp, and it helped me a lot. It was a big change for me. I was not one of the leaders because Orlando had Jameer Nelson (183-PG-82, college: St.Joseph's), Hedo Turkoglu (208-F-79), Glen Davis (206-F-86, college: LSU) etc but I played as the starting center and contributed to the team's results. The teammates and coaches believed in me and I started growing as a player during the season.
This season you were considered one of the elite centers in the NBA. During the summer there were rumors that you would move to a new club but it did not happen and you decided to stay in Orlando. Yes, the club brought few good players this summer and I believe we can make the play offs in the upcoming season. Of course we will need to work hard to do that but its my desire to reach the play offs with Orlando as I am now one of the most experienced players there and its my fifth year in Orlando.
You got a call from Montenegro National Team at the end of season and decided to play for your home country in the qualifications for the European Championship. Interestingly, the head coach of the National Team is Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) who coached your father in Bosna long time ago. Do you feel honored to be coached by him? I did not have any doubts about that decision. Actually, I was looking forward to collaborate with coach Tanjevic. He helped us a lot because now we have good team chemistry and its very important for any team. We come to practices happy and he is a big reason why Montenegro had a successful campaign this summer and qualified for the European Championships. I am very glad I was a part of this team.
Thank you Nikola for the interview and good luck in the upcoming season.
21-year old Montenegrin Pavle Roganovic (95, college: High School). He played most recently at Meliksah in Turkish TB2L. Despite young age Roganovic had impressive career. Roganovic's team made it to the Montenegrin U19 Championships Semifinals in 2013. He was selected to Montenegrin U18 Championships All-Star Game back in 2013 at his college time. He was a member of Montenegrin U20 National Team last year. Roganovic has played also professionally in Montenegro (KK... [read more]
KK Sloboda Uzice signed 21-year old Montenegrin Pavle Roganovic (95, college: High School). He played most recently at Meliksah in Turkish TB2L. Despite young age Roganovic had impressive career. Roganovic's team made it to the Montenegrin U19 Championships Semifinals in 2013. He was selected to Montenegrin U18 Championships All-Star Game back in 2013 at his college time. He was a member of Montenegrin U20 National Team last year. Roganovic has played also professionally in Montenegro (KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi). He attended High School until 2015 and it will be his second season as a professional player.
Darussafaka Dogus 80 - KK Buducnost 57 (24-16; 18-10, 15-13; 23-18) Darussafaka Dogus has just beaten Montenegrin side KK Buducnost and reached the final of Zadar Dogus Tournament: 80-57. American forward Will Clyburn(201-F-90, college: Iowa St.) led his team to an easy victory by scoring 24 points. They'll be playing in the final of the tournament tomorrow at 21:00 C. Darussafaka Dogus has taken the lead in the early first period and kept on increasing the gap. They were up by 16 points... [read more]
Darussafaka Dogus has just beaten Montenegrin side KK Buducnost and reached the final of Zadar Dogus Tournament: 80-57. American forward Will Clyburn (201-F-90, college: Iowa St.) led his team to an easy victory by scoring 24 points. They'll be playing in the final of the tournament tomorrow at 21:00 C. Darussafaka Dogus has taken the lead in the early first period and kept on increasing the gap. They were up by 16 points at the end of first half: 42-26. In the second half Darussafaka never let Buducnost come closer than 15 points and thanks to a strong defensive team effort won the game by 23: 80-57. It was 8th successive preseason game for Darussafaka Dogus.
Copyright (c) 1998-2016 Eurobasket Inc. Disclaimer
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site !
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the
content of the site, nor will you attempt to do so.