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|InterBasket > Player Profiles > Beno Udrih, Slovenia From FibaEurope: Very aggressive combo guard with nice athleticism. Lefty with good ball handling ability and fundamentals. He has a good offensive package, hits 3 point shots with regularity, is a good penetrator a very good passer and solid defender. That's how one could sum up the game of Beno Udrih, Slovenian rising star and second NBA ring holder, together with Rasho Nesterovic. Beno is one of the overly talented young Slovenian guns that have been catching the scouts' interest in the last couple of years. He started his professional career at just 15, signing for Polzela. Things got serious after three years, when he joined Slovenian powerhouse, Olimpija, with whom he got a taste of the Euroleague. After three years in his home country, Udrih wanted to see the world. He split the 2003-04 season between Avtodor Saratov and Breil Milano. In the Russian Superleague, he averaged 19,2 points and 4,2 assists in five games. In the "Lega", Beno was given a diminished role and his stats plummeted to 10,8 points and 2,3 assists. His next stop was Maccabi Tel Aviv, where his numbers were similar to those in Italy. Udrih was drafted by the Spurs as the 28th pick overall in June 2004 and joined San Antonio for the title run last season. His inexperience hurt him in the playoffs, when his coach, Gregg Popovich, reduced his playing time from 15 to 8 minutes per game (he averaged 5.9 pts and 1.9 as in the regular season). Beno joins the rejuvenated national team in which he hopes to change the course of Slovenian basketball, after years of disappointing outings at European championships.||
Name: Beno Udrih (BAY-no OO-drick)
Origin: Celje, Slovenia
Weight: 200lbs./90,7 kg.
Drafted: 2004, First Round, 28th overall by San Antonio
Languages: Slovenian, English
Website: Slovenian Phenom 14 & InterBasket
Teams (jersey): Savinjski Hopsi Polzela, Union Olimpija Ljubljana, Avtodor Saratov, Breil Milano, Maccabi Tel Avi, San Antonio Spurs (14),
Ibn Notes: Ibn Facts: He was designated Rookie of the Two Years ago in the Kolinska League (99-00). Was one of the most effective players in the junior European competition who led his team to the European Championship in Zadar. He is a Left handed with excellent ball handling on both hands.
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