Bosnian Prospects where are they now? Adnan Omeragic: Once a top prospect in Spain the 201cm forward is still fairly young having turned 20 in August. He has struggled with development and injuries the last few seasons and has become an afterthought for both BiH and the Spanish National Team. He's playing for Nautico KIA Tenerife this season in the Spanish EBA. His stats so far this season in 13 games are 14mpg 6.6ppg 2.2rbpg .8stls while shooting 48.9% from two, 45% from three and 72.2... [read more]
Bosnian Prospects where are they now?
Adnan Omeragic: Once a top prospect in Spain the 201cm forward is still fairly young having turned 20 in August. He has struggled with development and injuries the last few seasons and has become an afterthought for both BiH and the Spanish National Team. He's playing for Nautico KIA Tenerife this season in the Spanish EBA. His stats so far this season in 13 games are 14mpg 6.6ppg 2.2rbpg .8stls while shooting 48.9% from two, 45% from three and 72.2% from the FT line. He is a key player for the club coming off the bench this season but much more was expected of him after being a member of the Spanish U16 team a few years ago.
Sandro Gacic: He's another 20 year old Bosnian playing in the EBA league in Spain this season. He declined the invitation to play with the Bosnian U20 team last summer so he could focus on studies and improving his game and it has paid off so far this season. He's been one of the best players for his team Cantbasket this season. In 12 games he is averaging 27mpg 13.3ppg 3.2rbpg 2.7aspg 1.3stls. He is struggling with his shooting however averaging 40.8% from two, 33.7% from three and 73.2% from the FT line. Five years ago he was considered an elite prospect in Europe, possibly the best guard on the old continent. He hasn't lived up to that advanced billing but has shown slow, steady improvement over time. There has been a question how much he actually loves the game of basketball but that is a question for him to answer.
Nikola Maric: the member of the BiH U18 team is playing a solid role for his club in the EBA this season. He's played in 9 games so far averaging 23mpg 10.7ppg 5.6rbpg 1.1aspg and he is shooting 50% from two, 25% from three and 81% from the FT line.
Lazar Mutic: He has struggled mightily in the EBA league this season. He has played in 7 games averaging 15mpg 3.3ppg 3.9rbpg while shooting 21.9% from two and 30% from the FT line.
Sani Campara: He too is playing in the EBA league in Spain for Real Madrid II. He has played in 9 games so far averaging 23mpg 6.3ppg 1.6rbpg 1.3aspg while shooting 53.8% from two, 20% from three and 83.3% from the FT line so far on the season.
Aleksandar Lazic: He has played a major role for his club in Serbia Dynamic BG Belgrade this season. He's played in 11 games averaging 26mpg 8.5ppg 6.8rbpg 1.1aspg 1.7stls while shooting 54.4% from two, 24.1% from three and 64.7% from the FT line. He is a solid shooter when left open and even with his injuries he has solid athleticism. He has yet to have a breakout year with a club team but he is still young and a breakout year is still possible.
Amar Gegic: The elite athletically gifted guard moved onto Bayern from Spars Sarajevo this year and has put his immense talents on display for the German club. He's played in 10 games so far averaging 20mpg 8.5ppg 2.8rbpg 2.3aspg 1.2stls while shooting 58.1% from two, 10% from three (2-20 so far) and 69% from the FT line.
Dejan Kovacevic: He has struggled lately for Bayern II and has not made the impact expected this season. He's played 14 games so far averaging 22mpg 11ppg 3.9rbpg while shooting 65.2% from two, 37% from three and 84.4% from the FT line.
Amar Balic: He's having a solid season for his team in Italy so far. He's played in 16 games averaging 35mpg 10.8ppg 4.8rbpg 4.9aspg 1.2stls. He is struggling with his shooting however averaging 41.9% from two, 28.6% from three and 67.9% from the FT line. He is struggling with turnovers as well, averaging 4 per game so far on the season.
Nedim Muslic: One of the best young 3x3 players in the world is playing well for his club in Qatar as well. The 200cm forward has played in 9 games so far averaging 22mpg 7.2ppg 5.7rbpg 1.4aspg 1.3stls while shooting 55.6% from two, 26.9% from three and 40% from the FT line.
How has the BiH born players done in the NBA this season so far? Ivica Zubac: Ivica has played in a very limited amount of minutes for the Lakers so far, picking up a few minutes here or there in garbage time. New coach Luke Walton has made the team more competitive but the team has struggled to defend and that is one of Zubac's biggest weaknesses so far. He's played in 5 games for the Lakers for a total of 35 minutes. He's scored 9pts with 5rbs and a steal so far shooting 37.5% from the... [read more]
How has the BiH born players done in the NBA this season so far?
Ivica Zubac: Ivica has played in a very limited amount of minutes for the Lakers so far, picking up a few minutes here or there in garbage time. New coach Luke Walton has made the team more competitive but the team has struggled to defend and that is one of Zubac's biggest weaknesses so far. He's played in 5 games for the Lakers for a total of 35 minutes. He's scored 9pts with 5rbs and a steal so far shooting 37.5% from the field. He's played in 8 games for the LA Defenders in the D-League averaging 28mpg and 16.8ppg 9.4rbpg 1.3aspg 1.1blks while shooting 60.2% from two, 37.5% from three and 82.6% from the FT line. He has flashed big time talent as a center, a position that is less and less important in the NBA. He likely will get a shot at some minutes with the team down the stretch of the season, if not sooner.
Dragan Bender: Dragan has struggled as expected coming to the NBA; the Suns aren't very good going 8-20 so far on the season. The team has decided to get him as many minutes as they can during the season and haven't assigned him to the D-League, preferring to keep him close to the team facilities and training staff. The team hasn't over exposed him to abuse considering his lack of experience and strength at this point; they don't want to ruin his confidence. He has shown flashes of ability but has a long way to go to become a viable NBA player but the talent is clearly in there. He's played in 22 games averaging 11mpg 2.7ppg 1.6rbpg while shooting 47.6% from two and 30.2% from three.
Bojan Bogdanovic: The Nets have struggled as expected but they have been relatively competitive. The team is 7-19 so far on the season and has tried to develop some players into core pieces. Bogdanovic has had a very good season coming off an exceptional summer with the Croatian National Team. He's played in 26 games averaging 28mpg 15.2ppg 3.4rbpg 1.5aspg while shooting 53% from two, 34.6% from three and 84.4% from the FT line. Brook Lopez, Sean Kilpatrick and he have clearly become leaders of the team and the core of what the team is building on.
Mirza Teletovic: Mirza has made himself a key piece for the Milwaukee Bucks. The team struggled with outside shooting last year and the addition of Mirza alone has made them much more dangerous threat from the outside on the season. His ability to space the floor has opened things up for his teammates and has given slashing players like Giannis much more room to operate attacking the basket. He's played in 22 games and has averaged only 18mpg but is averaging 8.4ppg 2.9rbpg while shooting 50% from two 40% from three and 75% from the FT line.
Jusuf Nurkic: Nurkic has had a tough season in what was hoped and expected to be a breakout season for the young center from Bosnia. He's been supplanted by another player from the former YU Nikola Jokic who clearly is poised for a breakout campaign, especially after last night coming off a 27pt 15rb 9ass 13-17fg shooting performance in a win against the Mavericks. The team has fully supported Nurkic with his coach even coming to Bosnia this summer to support the young big man. It has become more and more clear though that the young precocious big man has taken to liking the NBA lifestyle and attention and has started to carry himself as a star even if his actual on court production doesn't match that status. He is in a tough position and has put his teammates in a predicament as his me first approach has made brining him off the bench a difficult proposition at this point. What is clear is Jokic is a better player; the team plays better when he is starting instead of Nurkic. He is a strong candidate to be used in a trade piece this season if Denver is looking to make a move. He is still highly skilled and productive but he comes with baggage when things aren't going his way and he can be a petulant child at times. The thing about the NBA is it waits for no one and what has become clear is Jokic is better when he isn't being played out of position at forward. On the season Nurkic has played in 27 games and is averaging 9.3ppg 6.9rbpg 1.3aspg 1blk while shooting 52.4% from two and 50% from the FT line.
Introducing the 2016 BiH U18 team! Josip Pandza has made his selections and has settled on the twelve players he will bring to Turkey to play in the U18 tournament. They field a strong, talented and deep roster of versatile players well suited to play his style of basketball and should prove to be a matchup nightmare for a lot of opponents. The team got matched into Group C with Israel, Lithuania and Latvia. The Lithuanian team is familiar as it has many of the same players BiH beat to... [read more]
Introducing the 2016 BiH U18 team!
Josip Pandza has made his selections and has settled on the twelve players he will bring to Turkey to play in the U18 tournament. They field a strong, talented and deep roster of versatile players well suited to play his style of basketball and should prove to be a matchup nightmare for a lot of opponents. The team got matched into Group C with Israel, Lithuania and Latvia. The Lithuanian team is familiar as it has many of the same players BiH beat to win the gold last year. Israel and Latvia aren't overly talented but they are well coached, disciplined and if you make mistakes they can beat almost any team on any day. The tournament is packed with young talented teams and players with elite talents like Frank Ntilikina, Kostja Mushidi, Isiah Hartenstein, Tadas Sedekerskis, Borisa Simanic to name a few.
Introducing the team…
Amar Gegic: A player with elite level physical gifts and a lot of talent. He is very inconsistent and so far hasn't elevated his game to an elite level, yet.
Nikola Maric: long at 201cm he is a solid player who should be able to contribute to a win.
Darko Talic: A very solid player and scorer with Igokea, he has gotten minutes in the ABA league already.
Mateo Zovko: More of a combo than a straight shooting guard who should be able to play a few minutes and give the team a solid contribution off the bench.
Nemanja Nikolic: A solid guard with good size and skills he should get a chance to prove himself at some point in this tournament.
Bosko Bojovic: An underrated player at forward who should get a chance to play a few minutes backing up some more talented players.
Dino Kobic: A solid forward who likes to shoot and has been heavily recruited by the Slovenian National Team before deciding to play for BiH.
Sandro Antunovic: The only real center on the roster he should get a chance to have an impact for the team.
Dzanan Musa: One of the best prospects in all of Europe, the ultra-talented Musa will get his chance to test himself against other elite peers from the same age.
Sani Campara: The young PG transferred to Spain this year and has been solid so far. He will be counted on to stretch the floor and to stress a defense by knocking down shots regularly.
Njegos Sikiras: He has yet to play this year since he transferred to Alba Berlin from Italy and hasn't been granted his release yet. He has very good size and skill combo and should get the chance to shine.
Emir Cerkezovic: An undersized forward with a nice variety of skills that should help him to make a contribution to his team.
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