By Jeff Taylor
|Todorovic, who turns 19 in two weeks, will feature with Montenegro at the U20 European Championship in Bilbao (photo courtesy of ACB/Surrallés)|
Montenegro have enjoyed a rapid rise in European basketball.
Once a part of the former Yugoslavia and then Serbia & Montenegro, the Montenegrins have been going it alone since August 2006 when the Basketball Federation gained official recognition at the FIBA Congress.
While players like Nikola Pekovic and Vladimir Dasic have led the senior team into EuroBasket for the first time this summer, there are many other contributors.
And there are also youngsters that will one day soon be making their mark in the senior teams, including 18-year-old Marko Todorovic.
The 2.09m center has been promoted during this season to the DKV Joventut Badalona first team and is playing for Pepu Hernandez.
"Pepu is a great coach," Todorovic said to Basketball World News.
"He gives you a lot of confidence, especially to young players.
"If you work well in training, he lets you play minutes on the court."
"It's a good situation for him," Hernandez said.
"Every minute that he's on the court, he's learning.
"He's learn, learning, learning and will be a very good player."
In the ACB, Todorovic has had to match up against some of the best players in Europe.
"He's got to know how to do it physically, technically and tactically, but he's getting the experience," Hernandez said.
Todorovic has played in just six games for Joventut.
Those appearances will help him immeasurably when he turns out for Montenegro at the U20 European Championship this summer.
"I will play for the under 20 national team this summer," he said.
"We have a good team. We hope to compete well and try to win something.
"Last year we finished sixth and this year, we are not favorites but you never know.
"We have to go there and do the best possible and finish as high as possible."
As for his club future, Todorovic said: "I have a one year contract left with Joventut and we will see."