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    Quote Originally Posted by Efesdxb View Post
    Kikanovic?
    John Roberson?
    Why aren't they selected?
    Kikanović retired from the national team and Roberson still doesn't have FIBA permission to play for Bosna and Herzegovina.

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    Gordic and Penava will miss this window so additional call - ups were made:

    PG/SG Drasko Knezevic (93') 6'1''
    C Ismet Sejfic (93') 6'10''


    Both of them play for KK Sutjeska Niksic from Montenegro.

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    Dramatic finish


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    Vedran Bosnic revealed that Amar Alibegovic played for us as a naturalized player for all the time in the national team(big surprise for the fans, nobody know), and now that we have John Roberson, only one can be in the roster. Not only that, but also that Luka Garza can play for us only as a naturalized player, so we can choose only one of them three.

    It's a big procedural mess which I don't understand, both of Amar's parents are Bosnians(although his dad Teoman played for Slovenia) and Luka's dad is American but his mother Sejla is a Bosnian and she is a daughter of Refik Muftic, famous Bosnian football goalkeeper in the 70's.

    Amar and Luka are even relatives and Luka said that one of the reason why he wants to play for Bosnia is because he wants to play together with his cousin and friend Amar.

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    My view of the current state of the national team:

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    John Roberson 5'10'' Estudiantes(Spain) 1988

    Naturalized American who is a good shooter and decent passer but can't defend or finish around the rim.

    Amar Gegic 6'7'' Spars(BiH) 1998

    I'm not sure is he even a point guard anymore because in Spars he plays SF and a SG for the national team. He still struggles with shooting and overal scoring, but there is some progress, in this season of ABA 2nd division in five games his 3 – point shooting is 8/18(before he couldn't make a 3-point shoot at all), but his free throws are just 50%. Still, as versatile as he is with his size, athleticism, ability to pass and defend against both guards and forwards he is a valuable asset for the team. His last game against Greece: 9 points, 10 assists, 5 steals, 1 blocked shot.

    Sani Campara 6'0'' Split(Croatia) 1999

    His stats in the ABA league: 9.5 ppg, 3.1 apg. Not too good, not too bad.

    Darko Talic 6'2“ Igokea(BiH) 1998

    He didn't play in qualifications because he was 13th player in the previous window and for this window he said that he's injured. In long term I see him as a regular part of the 12 man roster, he plays 15.5 mpg for the Igokea in the Basketball Champions League.

    Nemanja Gordić 6'5'' Mornar(Montenegro) 1988

    He didn't play in qualifications and and with his bitterness against basketball federation and refusal to play for the national team or at least give an explanation why he isn't available, he will probably never again play for the BiH. But he is still our best point guard.


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    Dzanan Musa 6'9'' Efes Pilsen(Turkey) 1999

    He didn't play for the national team for a long time because of his unsuccessful NBA career and now he will try to find some success in the Euroleague. He was second best player for the BiH behind Nurkic even before he went to the NBA.

    Edin Atic 6'7'' Igokea(BiH) 1997

    Even when he was without a club for a long time after he and AEK parted ways I wrote: „I am still a beliver, he's 6'7'' with 6'10'' wingspan, decent athlete, can do all the things on the court and finish the game with stats like: 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks.“ After decent time in Mega he finally panned out in this season for the Igokea, they are 14-3 in the ABA league and the biggest surprise in the Basketball Champions League, and Edin is one of their best players. He was the key player of the BiH in the qualifications: 14 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apg.


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    Adin Vrabac 6'8'' Krka(Slovenia) 1994

    He is the most criticized player by the Bosnian fans because he is the most likely to miss a open layup, shot a brick or have a shaqtin a fool moment, but there has to be something in him because every national team coach find him a place in the 12 man roster, or at least it's because he's never injured and always enthusiastic to play for the BiH and that's enough for the spot because there are always players who are not available. I will finish positive and praise his athleticism and that he plays with a lot of heart.

    Aleksandar Lazic 6'8'' Mornar(Montenegro) 1996

    He is a important rotation player and team player for the national team, but barely plays in this strong Mornar team.

    Ibrahim Durmo 6'8'' Sloboda(BiH) 1997

    I am more high on him than Vedran Bosnic who didn't even call him for this window. His career path is weird, last season he was a dominant player in the Slovak Basketball League and then he returned to the Bosnian league where he is of course also dominant: 18.5 ppg, 9.9 rpg. He needs move to the better competition, Sloboda doesn't even play ABA 2nd division.

    Arsenije Vuckovic 6'8'' Teodo(Montenegro) 1998

    He still isn't called for the national team but 19.7 ppg in the Balkan League makes him a candidate. His problem is that he is too similar to other Bosnian SF's: Athletic, questionable shooting and handle, lack of polished offensive game.

    Marko Josilo 6'8'' Igokea(BiH) 1992

    It's a weird story. When he was younger and not so good as today he was on the national team gathering, but never made a final roster for the offical game. In this season he is terrific for the Igokea, he deserved Most Improved Player award from the ABA league, but his name is not anymore on the national team list, he wasn't called for the any of qualifications windows. I will not speculate why.


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    Emir Sulejmanovic 6'9'' Tenerife(Spain) 1995

    In the game vs Greece he had 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and looked unstoppable, but that says a lot about level of those qualifications because in reality he is averaging 3.7 ppg in the Endesa.

    Amar Alibegovic 6'8 Virtus(Italy) 1995

    He only played in one game in the qualifications because he is listed as naturalized player same as Roberson. This team need him but if he can't clear his status and become available as domestic player, his future with national team is uncertain.


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    Ajdin Penava 6'10'' Mons(Belgium) 1997

    He is soft but crafty, uncommon center with good ball handling.

    Miralem Halilovic 6'10'' Levallois(France) 1991

    In the previous season he was a top scorer of the French basketball league for Orleans before competition was canceled. He then signed for Levallois, struggled with injury and when he finally started to play well Roanne player punched him in the face and because of jaw fracture he will miss rest of the season.

    Kenan Kamenjas 6'10'' Spars(BiH) 2000

    Biggest positive surprise in the qualifications where he as youngest in the team was decisive player in some of the games, like when he scored 19 against Latvia. In the ABA 2nd division he is averaging 19.8 ppg and 9.2 rpg and desperately needs to move in a better league, at least to sign for some team in the ABA league.

    Luka Garza 6'11'' Iowa Hawkeyes(USA) 1998

    He is one of the best players in the NCAA(although he looks more suited for the European than NBA basketball), but doesn't speak Bosnian and as now can play for the BiH only as naturalized player.

    Karlo Matkovic 6'10'' Mega(Serbia) 2001

    He was called for the national team first time for this window but said that he's injured, coach Bosnic consider him very talented.

    Jusuf Nurkic 7'0'' Portland(USA) 1994

    Healthy Jusuf on the Eurobasket would be a scary force.

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    Summer moves:

    Dzanan Musa Efes Pilsen → Breogan

    He wasn't good for the NBA, or for the Euroleague winner, but impressions from friendly games are that he will be a first option in offense and a top scorer for the newcomers in the top spanish league.

    Edin Atic Igokea → Buducnost

    Last season was best in his career, he was chosen as 3rd best defensive player in the Adriatic league and occasionally did great in offense, it wouldn't be bad if he just stayed in Igokea, but Buducnost payed transfer fee for him. It's a step further, Buducnost will play Eurocup, although with guards such as Cobbs and Seeley, and forward like Micov, his role may be limited.

    Amar Gegic Spars → Cibona

    Previously he failed when he tried outside of BiH, he was too young and not good enough for Bayern and Partizan, but now he is more experienced, and from a player without a jump shot he developed in a fairly reliable corner shooter. He can play in Adriatic league, and Cibona isn't that good anyway.

    Kenan Kamenjas Spars → Studentski Centar

    The newcomers in the Adriatic league are affiliate team of Buducnost, this is a test for him, if he shines in Studentski Centar, at some point Buducnost will add him to their roster. He was the MVP of the Adriatic 2nd league, but this is much different level.

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    From all mentioned Gegic is least talented but in my opinion incredibly valuable player. He is strong like a rock, true fighter and improved shooting. He will be very good asset for Cibona.

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    Some good recent news:

    Igokea won U18 tournament „Trofej Beograda“. In the finals they beat Mega 85 : 80, leaded by 6'5'' SG Amsal Delalic(20 points, 6 assists).

    6'11'' C Elmir Dzafic put historical performance in one of the games of the U16 final national tournament. 33 minutes, 41 points(18/22 FG), 21 rebounds, 3 assists. He's already linked with Baskonia.


    Gegic was terrific for the Cibona in the preseason. Seems like big season is ahead of him, I can totally see him in the starting five of the national team, even at full roster.

    Matkovic is now a starting center for the Mega. As a big man he was in the shadow of Petrusev and Simonovic, now they are gone and it's his time. He also had an strong preseason.


    Pressident of Basketball Federation on the Garza situation: „We have a contact with his mom. We are working on his documentation and a passport. We're trying to make him an domestic player, that he doesn't play as naturalized.“


    Dzanan Musa was selected for the MVP of the round in his first ever Liga Endesa game. Musa scored 25 in a win against Tenerife.

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