|31 July 2008|
Serbia have a single goal for this year's U20 European Championship according to their giant force in the paint, Boban Marjanovic.
The aim is gold with Marjanovic, a 2.22m center, set to play in team that includes many of those who conquered the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship.
"We are missing several players from last year, guard Stefan Markovic is one of them, but we are still a powerful team," he said.
"Under (coach Slobodan) Klipa's guidance, we know how we should play and we are ready to prove it on the court."
The U20 event in Riga, where the young Blues will face Russia, France and Slovenia in the preliminary phase, is just one thing that's on Marjanovic's mind, it has emerged.
He also has a chance to play for Serbia's senior team after getting a call from national team boss Dusan Ivkovic.
"Sincerely, I thought there wouldn't be place for me in our senior team (for this year's qualifications for Eurobasket 2009), so Ivkovic's call really surprised me," he said.
"Of course, I'm very proud of the fact that I will also represent my country at the highest level, and I'm really happy because I'll be part of a squad where all our best basketball players are."
During the Diamond Ball tournament in Nanjing, Ivkovic said that Marjanovic would join the Blues after the U20 European Championship is over as Serbia's centers Darko Milicic, Nenad Krstic and Kosta Perovic have been through a period with minor injuries.
Marjanovic is focused on his performances in Riga.
"There will be enough time to speak about me as a member of the Serbian senior squad," he said. "The U20 Championship is in front of us, and I'm fully concentrated on it.
"It's well known that in Riga we are in very tough group, but we are not thinking about our rivals' names as we know how good we are and that's the most important thing."
Serbia squad for U20 European Championship: Miroslav Raduljica (FMP Zeleznik), Boban Marjanovic (Hemofarm), Milan Macvan (Hemofarm), Bojan Radetic (Borac), Marko Cakarevic (Asvel, France), Marko Keselj (Koeln, Germany), Petar Despotovic (Hemofarm), Nikola Koprivica (University of Washington, USA), Mladen Jeremic (FMP), Dusan Katnic (Mega Aqua Monta), Stefan Stojacic (Mega Aqua Monta), Stafan Sinovec (Vizura)