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    Have been following a few Serbian ball players in the US, heard of a kid named Nemanja Jacimovic who is supposed to have some game, anyone have any info on him or others?

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    There are a lot in Canada as well. I know this one player Nemanja Stankovic, he played High school ball in Toronto and now plays for Chicago state.



    http://www.csu.edu/athletics/menspor...aStankovic.htm

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    Nikola Dragovic (UCLA), Luka Drca (Utah) are for me the best serbian players in NCAA. I expect Dragovic to be starter this year. The same for Drca.
    Two freshmen, Luka Mirkovic and Ilija Milutinovic can have solid NCAA careers.

    About Jacimovic I think he was playing in a team in Novi Sad (not a pro one, only a team with young players U16 or U18 I think.

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    In the 2009 senior class, three serbian high-school players already commit to NCAA teams.

    Milos Kleut
    (PF/C, 208, 1989) from North Cobb Christian in Kennesaw (Georgia) will join Lipscomb University.

    Sasa Borovnjak (a versatile forward, 205) from Veritas Christian Academy in Fletcher (North Carolina) will join Penn State

    Nikola Cicic (G, 194) from Rise Academy in Philadelphia, will join Arkansas-Little Rock.

    There is also some talent american players from serbian descents such as Nick Markovich (PG) from Basha HS in Chandler (Arizona) or Peter Rakocevic (C 210) from St. Laurence HS in Burbank (Illinois).

    The 2010 class is also very talented, especially Aleksandar Nikolic (PF/C 208 1991) from DuPont Manual in Louisville (Kentucky) who began to pratice basketball 3 years ago, Petar Todorovic (SG 194) from Wheeler HS in Valparaiso (Indiana) and one of the best players in Illinois Alex Dragicevich (SF 200) from Glenbrook North in Northbrook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbionGate View Post
    In the 2009 senior class, three serbian high-school players already commit to NCAA teams.

    Milos Kleut
    (PF/C, 208, 1989) from North Cobb Christian in Kennesaw (Georgia) will join Lipscomb University.

    Sasa Borovnjak (a versatile forward, 205) from Veritas Christian Academy in Fletcher (North Carolina) will join Penn State

    Nikola Cicic (G, 194) from Rise Academy in Philadelphia, will join Arkansas-Little Rock.

    There is also some talent american players from serbian descents such as Nick Markovich (PG) from Basha HS in Chandler (Arizona) or Peter Rakocevic (C 210) from St. Laurence HS in Burbank (Illinois).

    The 2010 class is also very talented, especially Aleksandar Nikolic (PF/C 208 1991) from DuPont Manual in Louisville (Kentucky) who began to pratice basketball 3 years ago, Petar Todorovic (SG 194) from Wheeler HS in Valparaiso (Indiana) and one of the best players in Illinois Alex Dragicevich (SF 200) from Glenbrook North in Northbrook.
    On your opinion, who of all these serbian young players does have the most chances to become the european star in the future? Thanks

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    It's hard to answer to this question. I think we will able to evaluate better all these players when they will play in NCAA.

    Two month ago, the only player I have heard about in this list was Milos Kleut. In 2006, he was called for under 18 national team preliminary try outs. Then he left Serbia. He is a post player, funny to watch playing because his moves are very "mechanic", but he is talented.

    Sasa Borovnjak also leave Serbia two years ago. He can play both forward position and can score inside and out. He has a very nice footwork because when he was younger he was playing guard. But at fifteen, he grew up suddenly. Often compared to Goran Suton. Bulk his body since he is in the US.

    #43 in this video (full game) he played well against NBA prospect Al-Farouq Aminu.
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...23706339438093

    Aleksandar Nikolic is a probably the most intriguing player in the list. His fast improvement starts to generate some chatter in USA and in Serbia too. Actually he is considered to be the 2nd best center in Kentucky (the 22nd in the whole US) for the 2010 class. He is still junior, so he has to play one more year in HS before joining NCAA. He started to play basketball three years ago, previously he was playing volley-ball in Serbia.

    Alex Dragicevich is a sensational shot-maker, a Kapono like player. Offensively, he will be efficient in NCAA easily. But lack of footspeed may prevent him to play at the highest level (NBA). He is american from serbian descent. Such as Peter Rakocevic and Nick Markovich. Both are good players at HS level, but NCAA level is maybe the limit for them.

    Nikola Cicic is totally unknow to me. The only thing I know is that his father is coach in Serbia.

    Petar Todorovic
    , still HS junior, is also a good shooter (rank 7th SG in Indiana 2010 class), his family left Serbia for the USA eleven years ago.

    The 4 first players seems to be able to play pro later.
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    We also have many talented kids in canadian high schools too. The most famous is Stefan Nastic (C 211 1992) who was member of serbian U16 national team last summer. But there is also some unknow talents such as Dejan Kravic (PF 208 1990), Srdjan Pejicic (SG 197 1991), Nikola Manojlovic (C 207 1991), Sasa Malic (SG 194 1991) and Stefan Cvrkalj (G 191 1992). All are among best players in their teams and in Ontaria HS league.

    Kravic is probably the best prospect in this list, he is a skinny PF with guard skills, very athletic indeed, with an amazing jumping leap for a white guy and with 3pts range. He has to gain some weight. But his potential is real. Unfortunately most of them will play next year in Canadian Universitary championship and not in NCAA although they received some offers.

    Srdjan Pejicic is also an interesting prospect (didnt decide yet where he will commit but he had NCAA offer from Rutgers).
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    Albion Gate, thanks for your description. Serbia like always is №1 in their constant production of new talents, even if some of these youngsters from time to time grow up abroad.
    Last edited by vaslover; 04-21-2009 at 11:46 PM.

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    Borovnjak Signs With NIT Champion, Penn State - Apr 27, 2009 (by Eurobasket )

    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.

    Source boyshoopscout.com
    http://www.eurobasket.com/Serbia/bas...?NewsID=158393


    As far as I know, Sasa is 20 years old, so he is eligible to play for Serbian U20 national team next summer. I hope Slobodan Klipa will select him in serbian U20 national team preliminary list in order to evaluate him better during the try outs.

    Before moving to USA, he was playing for FMP, Partizan and Atlas in serbian youth championships.

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    Serbian prospect Dejan Kravic [PF 208 1990] commit to York University and will play next year in CIS league (CSI is canadian equivalent of NCAA league). Kravic turned down a NCAA offer from Cornell University.

    “We are extremely excited about Dejan’s commitment to play at York next year,” said head coach Bob Bain. “He is a highly-skilled big man with many guard-like skills including the ability to hit the three-point shot. He will be a huge part of our program for years to come because he can help us in so many different ways.”
    http://www.yorku.ca/sprtyork/MediaRe...p?Release=2573

    Dejan Kravic, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Westminster Secondary in London, is also one of the top graduating high school players in the province
    "He's a highly skilled big man," Bain said of Kravic. "We got lucky and are very excited that he's picked York."
    http://www.thestar.com/comment/colum...article/608414

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    Nice job guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbionGate View Post
    We also have many talented kids in canadian high schools too. The most famous is Stefan Nastic (C 211 1992) who was member of serbian U16 national team last summer. But there is also some unknow talents such as Dejan Kravic (PF 208 1990), Srdjan Pejicic (SG 197 1991), Nikola Manojlovic (C 207 1991), Sasa Malic (SG 194 1991) and Stefan Cvrkalj (G 191 1992). All are among best players in their teams and in Ontaria HS league.

    Kravic is probably the best prospect in this list, he is a skinny PF with guard skills, very athletic indeed, with an amazing jumping leap for a white guy and with 3pts range. He has to gain some weight. But his potential is real. Unfortunately most of them will play next year in Canadian Universitary championship and not in NCAA although they received some offers.

    Srdjan Pejicic is also an interesting prospect (didnt decide yet where he will commit but he had NCAA offer from Rutgers).

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    Aleksandar Nikolic is ranked as 164th player in HS junior class in USA.

    Alex Dragicevich has 4 offers from NCAA teams [Utah, Rhode Island, Colorado and Miami (Ohio)]

    Marko Cukic (PF 206) from IMG Academy in Florida, will play at the University of Nevada (NCAA div.1) next year.

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    Stefan Kovacevic from Skokie (IL) has recieved an invitation from the national team of Montenegro. He has interest from Miami, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Dartmouth, Valpariso, and several other schools. I'm not sure if he is techinically allowed to play for Serbia though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UMWolverines22 View Post
    Stefan Kovacevic from Skokie (IL) has recieved an invitation from the national team of Montenegro. He has interest from Miami, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Dartmouth, Valpariso, and several other schools. I'm not sure if he is techinically allowed to play for Serbia though.
    I know him, as myself, he is serbian from Montenegro. He's got an invitation from Montenegrin U18 national team. Stefan is born in 1992 in Niksic, his family moved to USA in 1995. He has never play for any montenegrin youth national team, so he is still eligible for serbian national. Don't know if he already possess serbian citizenship. Stefan (SG, 192, junior class) plays for Niles West HS in the same league as Alex Dragicevich. Dragicevich was named best player in this league, while Kovacevic was elected best newcomer

    http://www.prepchamps.com/profiles/athlete/6157
    http://www.pioneerlocal.com/evanston...909-s1.article

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    Class Of 2010 Glenbrook North Star Alex Dragicevich Continues To Showcase His Versatility, And Solidifies His Standing As One Of The Top 2010 Prospects In Illinois

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    Class of 2010 Glenbrook North star Alex Dragicevich of Full Package Athletics, a fierce competitor on the basketball court, is continuing to showcase his versatility, and continues to solidify his standing as one of the top 2010 basketball prospects in the state of Illinois.

    Dragicevich, a 6'7" guard, has long been known for his ability to drop shots with range and accuracy. He is coming off of a stellar junior year which saw him average better than 20 points and 6 rebounds per contest en route to being named Player of the Year in the Central Suburban League North Division.

    Dragicevich put his skills on full display in a match-up against a loaded SYF team at the Adidas May Classic. Dragicevich, who is playing the 1,2 and 3 slots on the floor, and scored 30 points in a narrow loss.

    Dragicevich impressed earlier this spring while running with the Illinois Wolves, and was a driving force to their run to the 17-U title game against the Illinois Warriors at the Nike Spring Showdown In Indiana presented by ChicagoHoops.com.

    Steve Pratt of Full Package Athletics said, "Alex Dragicevich is a no-brainer high-major player, and we are ecstatic to have him as a part of the program."

    Dragicevich, who figures to be a very popular attraction during the July Evaluation Period, already has scholarship offers from Utah and Colorado, and has the likes of Wake Forest, Xavier and a long line of other programs actively involved in his recruitment.

    Dragicevich, and his Full Package teammates will be on display at the loaded Chicago Summer Classic July 9-11 in Deerfield, Illinois.
    http://www.chicagohoops.com/articles1/adragicevich.html

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    From what i heared, Kovacevic and Dragivevich will be playing for the same club and school team. Kovacevic will be attending Glenbrook North next year with Dragicevich. That will be a tough team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UMWolverines22 View Post
    From what i heared, Kovacevic and Dragivevich will be playing for the same club and school team. Kovacevic will be attending Glenbrook North next year with Dragicevich. That will be a tough team.
    Really, it's a great news. Both have talent to become good NCAA D1 players. If only our hoop program was able to send scouts to watch them playing. I think both deserve to take part to serbian U18 national team trials. I've already send some infos about these players to them. I really hope that they will finally begin to take care about serbian prospects in northern America.

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    This is what I found. It looks like Stefan Cvrkalj was waiting for too long to get a chance in Serbia, so he decided to investigate opportunity playing on the other side. Serbia obviously hasn't taken a chance so far.
    http://www.basketball.on.ca/site/ind...DSP=Page&ID=23

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    Stefan Nastic and Stefan Cvrkalj (both born in 1992) are actually playing AAU tournaments in order to attract attention of NCAA Division 1 basketball programs.

    Stefan Nastic-6′11″-C (2011)- Toronto Five-O
    This center has good basketball IQ and a great feel for the game. He can rebound, lead the break and make good decisions. Nastic is a very unselfish player as he’ll give it up to the open man when double teamed in the post. Stefan also runs the floor well, has good foot movement, and a soft touch around the basket. He’s a decent shot blocker as he usually stands taller than his opponents, but he should learn to use his height advantage to his benefit more as a threat and show more agression and hunger throughout the course of a game.

    Stefan Cvrkalj-6′4″-SG (2011) Toronto Five-O
    A solid shooting guard that has a well-rounded, fundamentally sound game. He can hit the three, has a good mid-range jumper, and attacks the basket well. On the defensive end of the floor, he is a solid defender. All around, a very good shooting guard with the basic fundamentals of the game down to a science.
    http://crownmagonline.com/recruiting...17-tournament/

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    Dragicevich Talks Miami Visit

    Alex Dragicevich previously told RedHawk Insider that he is looking for a school with a strong basketball tradition, a coaching staff he likes, and also is a good academic school. He also wants a place he feels comfortable on and off the court. After his visit to Miami University, Dragicevich tells R.I. how Miami measured up to his criteria.

    Standing at 6’6” and 200 pounds, Alex Dragicevich is one of the biggest shooting guards in the nation. The Glenbrook (IL) North standout previously told RedHawk Insider that he is looking for a school with a strong basketball tradition, a coaching staff he likes, and also is a good academic school. He also wants a place he feels comfortable on and off the court. On Monday, the Chicago area standout took a visit to Oxford, Ohio to visit the campus of Miami University. Did Miami measure up to his criteria?

    Dragicevich said on the unofficial visit to Miami, “It was cool really. Nice campus. Coach Grunk (Jason Grunkemeyer), (Coach Ryan) Pedon, (Coach Jermaine) Henderson, and (Head Coach Charlie) Coles are great guys. The coaching staff is awesome. Real jokesters. They showed me how they will use me in the offense and the style of play. They will play me on the perimeter and use me as a wing and go out on ball screens. They showed me tapes on how I would be used.”

    Dragicevich could also be the focus of the RedHawks wide open spread offense. “They said they are going to have an open spread offense with the recruiting class they have coming in.” Dragicevich added, “They have a couple of big time guards coming in from Ohio (Orlando Williams and Allen Roberts) and a great guard transferring from Nebraska (Cookie Miller). The kid from Tennessee (Drew Kelly) is big. They are going to have a spread floor, up tempo style that fits my game.”

    Dragicevich is familiar with more than the Miami basketball program. He knows a lot of people from the Chicagoland area who go to Miami. Dragicevich said, “It is just as popular as any Big Ten school. It is a prestigious academic school. (Oxford) is a good college town.”

    This summer, Dragicevich is again running with the Full Package AAU club. So far, Full Package has been doing well and recently won a local tournament. Full Package will compete near Oxford in July’s Take 5 Classic in Cincinnati. Full Package will also play in a tournament in Las Vegas.

    Besides Miami, Dragicevich also visited Michigan in February and Indiana a few weeks ago. He has attended the Elite camps at IU and Loyola-Chicago. He will also travel west and attend Gonzaga’s Elite camp. He has no other visits planned at this time.

    He has taken unofficial visits to Utah before last season started and Depaul in the Spring of 2008. Dragicevich previously said Depaul is no longer in the mix.

    Dragicevich said the schools interested in him right now are Miami-OH, Utah, Colorado, Oregon State, Michigan, Indiana, Wake Forest, Gonzaga, Loyola (Chi), and Rhode Island. Of those, he has solid offers from Miami, Loyola, Rhode Island, Utah and Colorado. Dragicevich previously told RedHawk Insider that he also had offers from St. Louis and Valparaiso, but that is no longer the case.

    Dragicevich has no particular leaders and is not close to making a decision.

    Despite his size, Dragicevich is a proficient ballhandler. Previously, Dragicevich to RedHawk Insider that he learned to be a good perimeter ballhandler playing guard his whole life. Dragicevich explains, “I was 5’10” in eighth grade and started growing. I always played point guard. I would definitely like to play guard in college. The 2 or the 3. I want to stay on the perimeter.”

    Dragicevich is a great outside shooter, but can also score on the drive. Dragicevich said, “I play shooting guard. I like to make plays both as a slasher as well as a shooter. It separates me from other guys. I am a versatile guard. I have a quick release. I can pull up on guys and score in the midrange too.”

    A player Dragicevich aspires to play like is Nick Calathes of Florida
    . “I watch him a lot,” Dragicevich explained, “He is 6-6 and can shoot the rock.”

    Dragicevich makes free throws about 90% of the time.

    Stayed tuned to RedHawk Insider as we follow Alex Dragicevich in the future.
    http://miamiohio.scout.com/2/873502.html

    Like Calathes. I love this words. Nick is playing for Greece, hope Alex will play one day for Serbian National Team. He is a great talent.

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