Team 2012-13: Real Madrid (Spain-ACB)
Career: Sloboda Dita Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina-D1, 2001-02); Union Olimpija mladi (Slovenia-1B, 2002-03); Triglav Kranj (Slovenia-1A, 2003-04); Huy Basket (Belgium-D1, 2004-05); VidiVici Bologna (Italy-Lega, 2005-06); Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana (Slovenia-1A, 2006-07); Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-1A, 2007-09); Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania-LKL, 2009-11); Real Madrid (Spain-ACB, 2011-13)
The main force under the Slovenian basket will be, just like at EuroBasket two years ago in Lithuania, Mirza Begic. We are talking about a 2.16m-tall center, who comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina, but has built his reputation playing for Slovenian teams Geoplin Slovan and Union Olimpija in the Slovenian championship, Adriatic League and Euroleague. He is one of the tallest players in European basketball and has a safe pair of hands to compliment his wide range of post-moves, a sweet fade-away jumper, and an often unstoppable hook shot. Begic is also a fantastic rebounder and even better shot-blocker. The big man can move quickly which creates problems for most of his defensive match-ups. He will be the first option at the center position this summer.