Teletovic Praised

29.08.2003

From PA International, Cologne

Bosnia-Herzegovina coach Drasko Prodanovic has paid teenager Mirza Teletovic a glowing compliment by describing him as one of the best ever to play the game in Bosnia.

Prodanovic has included the 17-year-old in his final squad, which will hit the court in their penultimate warm-up game for the European Championships against Germany in Cologne on Friday night.

The 6ft 8in Sloboda Dita Tuzla player has impressed with his versatility this summer, and his attitude and Prodanovic's decision to name him in his 12-man squad sends a statement to the youngster that he is one the country will be counting on in years to come.

Bosnia do not have the same reputation as three other countries who once contributed players to great Yugoslavia teams in the past.

World and European championships Serbia & Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia have bigger reputations but Prodanovic's men are emerging as a force on the continent.

Teletovic will be, Prodanovic believes, at the core of the team in the qualifying campaigns for major tournaments to come.

"He's one of the best players ever to play in the game in Bosia," Prodanovic said. "He's 17 and he's much better than the 22-year-olds now when they were his age."

Igor Tadic, Tarik Valjevac, Selmir Husanovic and Marko Duric were not retained in the final squad although each could return if injury or illness strikes the team.

As for the game against Germany, Prodanovic will start Elvir Ovcina at centre instead of Samir Leric, who has a minor knee injury.

After the game against Germany, Prodanovic and his players will travel to Stockholm for a final friendly on August 31 against Sweden, the hosts of the European Championships.

They will then make their way to Lulea, where they open their Eurobasket campaign against France on September 5.

Bosnia & Herzegovina final squad: Damir Mrsic, Terrel Ray Castle, Zelimir Stevanovic, Sinisa Kovacevic, Barisa Krasic, Jasmin Hukic, Samir Leric, Haris Mujezinovic, Kenan Bajramovic, Damir Krupalija, Elvir Ovcina, Mirza Teletovic.


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