6'9' Serbian forward, Sasa Borovnjak (6'9''-F) signed a National Letter of Intent to accept a basketball scholarship to Penn St., a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Belgrade native has been attending Veritas Christian Academy in Fletcher, NC for the last two years of his high school career. This year, Borovnjak averaged 26.1 ppg and 12.1 rbpg in leading the Warriors to a 6th place national finish in the NACA Division I National High School Championships. Borovnjak went for over 30 points 11 times this season including a 33 point 15 rebound performance against Oak Hill Academy who featured 6'11' Syracuse bound, Moussa Keita and 6'10' Oklahoma bound, Tiny Gallon. Borovnjak was one of three Veritas senior players who signed with NCAA Divison I schools. 6'10' center, Andrew Kyles will be attending the Citadel while 6'7' Colin Sekal will suit up for Wagner College. Borovnjak was also recruited by NC State, Marquette, College of Charleston, Wake Forest and several other top college programs.
Veritas head coach, John Jordan who has a long history of developing European players on the American high school level, then sending them to top American colleges, feels Borovnjak has the potential to step in and play immediately for the Nittany Lions who were this year's NIT Champions. 'Sasa is a thinking 4 man who can make plays. He can score in many different ways both with his back to the basket as well as facing the rim. He also sees the floor extremely well and has a knack for finding the open man. We felt Sasa fit the style that Coach DeChellis (Penn State Head Coach) likes to run. We also feel that based on his returning personnel, Sasa has a chance to step in and contribute as a freshman. Sasa has a dream to play professional ball like his brother (Dejan Borovnjak) once he earns his college degree, we felt the Big Ten conference would prepare him for that as well any conference in the country.' Said Jordan. Borovnjak represents the second European post in as many years to come out of the Veritas program. 7'2' Romanian, Catalin Baciu (7'2''-C-88) was a 2008 graduate of the program and just finished his freshman campaign at Clemson of the ACC.
Bertans' 24 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - May 19, 2013
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20-year old Davis Bertans (210-SF-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Partizan and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12 (Second Stage). He had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds for Partizan in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Metalac (#6, 3-9) with 26-point margin 88-62. [read more]
20-year old Davis Bertans (210-SF-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Partizan and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12 (Second Stage). He had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds for Partizan in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Metalac (#6, 3-9) with 26-point margin 88-62. It allowed Partizan to consolidate first place in the Serbian league. Partizan have a solid 10-2 record. In the team's last game Bertans had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Partizan's top player in his first season with the team. Davis Bertans averages this season 13.8ppg.
Second best performed player last round was Vasilije Micic (191-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) of league's second-best Mega Vizura. He is a guard in his 3rd season at Mega Vizura. In the last game Micic recorded impressive 18 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Mega Vizura lost that game 78-84 to Crvena Zvezda (9-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Mega Vizura still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 9-3 record is not bad at all. Micic is one of the most experienced players at Mega Vizura and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85) of Crvena Zvezda (#3). Nelson showcased his all-around game by recording 6 points, eight rebounds and twelve assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Crvena Zvezda, leading his team to a 84-78 win against #2 ranked Mega Vizura. Crvena Zvezda needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Nelson has a very solid season. In 9 games in Serbia he scored 10.2ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Nikola Jevtovic (208-F/C-89) of Sloboda Uzice - 14 points and 12 rebounds 5. Milos Borisov (198-G/F-85) of Radnicki KG - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88) of Mega Vizura - 16 points and 10 rebounds 7. Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) of Metalac - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Crvena Zvezda - 19 points and 3 assists 9. Slavko Vranes (230-C-83) of Metalac - 13 points and 4 rebounds 10. Branko Andjic (201-F-82) of Sloboda Uzice - 12 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is choosen 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)
In a very uncertain and an equal match Crvena zvezda got revenge by winning Mega Vizura with score 84:78 (22:18, 20:20, 18:16, 24:24). The whole match was very uncertain and equalized, the biggest advantage on the game had Crvena zvezda was only 8 points [read more]
In a very uncertain and an equal match Crvena zvezda got revenge by winning Mega Vizura with score 84:78 (22:18, 20:20, 18:16, 24:24).
The whole match was very uncertain and equalized, the biggest advantage on the game had Crvena zvezda was only 8 points. Towards the end of the match Mega's lead on two occasions with 2 points difference and was on the verge of victory but home team led again becouse Savovic who hit two free throws for score 77:76 and Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78)a after that for 79:76 (before Igor Rakocevic hit two free throws Novica Velickovic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) missed shoot for 3 point). "Red&whites" gained the advantage before the end of the game. In the next attack Mega failed to bring the ball in the game for 5 seconds after the timeout that is requested by Dejan Milojevic. After that, he made Mega Vizura fouled Lazic, who hit both free throws and so brought Crvena zvezda to advantage of +5, 81:76. Because at that time Mega was better in head2head score (Mega win in first match with +7) against Crvena zvezda was making a foul but this has not led to nothing as Novica Velickovic used both free throws. In the latest attack Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored three points for the final score 84:78 in favor of the red and white from Belgrade.
Serbian Vladan Vukosavljevic finished successful season with Halychyna - May 18, 2013
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Serbian Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) finished successful season in Ukraine with his Halychyna. The latter finished fourth, however showed great basketball during the season.
Tonight Ferro-ZNTU celebrated the Superleague Bronze medals. They knocked down Halychyna in the fourth game of the consolation final series to step onto the pedestal. Randy Culpepper stepped up with 26 points to lead the visitors.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter [read more]
Serbian Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) finished successful season in Ukraine with his Halychyna. The latter finished fourth, however showed great basketball during the season. Tonight Ferro-ZNTU celebrated the Superleague Bronze medals. They knocked down Halychyna in the fourth game of the consolation final series to step onto the pedestal. Randy Culpepper stepped up with 26 points to lead the visitors. The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 19:19 at the first break. But Ferro-ZNTU shifted the gear in the second period. The visitors unloaded 28 points to gain a 9-point halftime lead. Ferro-ZNTU stayed aggressive offensively in the second half. They sank 25 points in the third quarter to build a 12-point lead before the fourth stanza. Halychyna managed just 7 points in the fourth quarter as Ferro-ZNTU sealed the victory at the end. Jeremy Chappell provided 20 points and 6 boards, while Alexander Rybalko connected for 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the victory. Sasa Vasiljevic answered with 17 points for Halychyna. Vladan Vukosavljevic netted 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the losing effort.
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