Dzikic Excited By Serbia's Mentality

31.05.2011

U20 European Championship

Nemanja Nedovic (Serbia)
Nemanja Nedovic was selected for the Champion U18 All Star Game which took place during EuroBasket 2009

Aleksandar Dzikic has yet to start work in his new job as Serbia's U20 coach, but he has already hailed his players as "winners".

The 40-year-old has been charged with restoring success to a team that won three consecutive U20 golds between 2006 and 2008 (the first of them when still Serbia & Montenegro), but which only managed seventh place last summer in Croatia.

But Dzikic is excited to have at his disposal this summer several players who have enjoyed success in their careers already.

Nemanja Jaramaz, Aleksandar Ponjavic, Petar Torlak, Nikola Vukasovic, Danilo Andjusic, Lazar Radosavljevic, Nikola Rondovic, Branislav Djekic and Dejan Musli won gold at the U18 European Championships in 2009, while Niksha Nikolic was a key member of the team that took gold at the U17 European Championships in 2006. Musli was named the MVP of that tournament.

"Although they are very young, these guys already have a history filled with trophies," Dzikic said. "It will be a great pleasure to work with winners."

Serbia will face Montenegro, Russia and Slovenia in Group A of the U20 European Championship in Bilbao, with the tournament tipping off on July 14, and Dzikic is looking forward to his first competitive games in charge.

"I don't feel any pressure, and that's something which I want to transfer to my players too," said Dzikic, who won the EuroChallenge as Krka Novo Mesto after spells as an assistant with Partizan Belgrade and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"I only expect my players to represent themselves, our basketball and Serbia as best they can."

Serbia will begin their training camp on June 3.

Preliminary squad: Nemanja Nedovic (Red Star Belgrade), Lazar Radosavljevic (Red Star Belgrade), Niksa Nikolic (Mega Vizura), Stefan Matovic (Mega Vizura), Ivan Demcesen (Mega Vizura), Branislav Djekic (Mega Vizura), Nikola Vukasovic (Radnicki Basket), Aleksandar Ponjavic (Radnicki Basket), Filip Djuran (Radnicki Basket), Dusan Ognjenovic (Radnicki Basket), Vladislav Stanisavljevic (OKK Jagodina), Nemanja Jaramaz (Partizan mts), Danilo Andjusic (Hemofarm Stada), Luka Milojevic (Napredak Krusevac), Petar Jokic (Novi Sad), Milic Blagojevic (Radnicki KG06), Djordje Susa (Basket plus), Nemanja Todorovic (Borac Cacak), Milan Milovanovic (FMP), Petar Torlak (East Carolina, NCAA), Nikola Rondovic (Teodo Tivat, Montenegro) and Dejan Musli (Caja Laboral, Spain).


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