Youngsters Get A Chance With Serbia

14 June 2012

8. Nemanja Nedovic (Serbia)
Nemanja Nedovic is one of numerous new faces on the Serbian preliminary squad.

Serbia coach Dusan Ivkovic announced on Thursday his preliminary squad for the EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round games.

Center Boban Marjanovic is the only player that featured at EuroBasket 2011 to have been left off of this year's list, while Ivkovic has also included several youngsters.

Among them are guard Nemanja Nedovic and his Red Star Belgrade team-mate, Andrija Milutinovic, Partizan Belgrade forward Vladimir Lucic and talented center Dejan Musli, the MVP of the 2007 U16 European Championship.

Also included is sharpshooter Mladen Jeremic, the hero of Serbia's triumph at the U19 World Championship Final in 2007 when his four three-pointers and 24 points helped the hosts defeat the United States in Novi Sad, 74-69.

"Our leaders are still there, and we'll have numerous new faces in our team," Ivkovic said.

"Our first and main goal is to qualify for the EuroBasket, and I believe that motivation won't be an issue during the qualifications.

"We can't take that competition for granted, and at the same time, we want to give a chance to youngsters who were terrific at European youth competitions."

Ivkovic revealed that he had wanted to include Vladimir Micov and Vasilije Micic to the squad but that injuries kept both away.

Veteran guard Uros Tripkovic has also been left out while he recovers from an injury.

"Our preliminary list is made like this because we want to intervene fast if, and I hope it won't be a case, someone suffers an injury," Ivkovic said.

"I'll make my first cut on the 25th of June and the final one on the 4th of July."

Serbia are to face Israel, Montenegro, Estonia, the Slovak Republic and Iceland in Qualification Round Group A.

Their first game is on 14 August against Iceland.

Serbia won the silver medal at EuroBasket 2009 in Poland and also reached the Semi-Finals of the 2010 World Championship but came in eighth in the Final Round last year that was played in Lithuania.

Serbia preliminary squad: Milos Teodosic, Stefan Markovic, Milenko Tepic, Aleksandar Rasic, Nemanja Jaramaz, Nemanja Nedovic, Ivan Paunic, Mladen Jeremic, Marko Keselj, Danilo Andjusic, Andreja Milutinovic, Nemanja Bjelica, Vladimir Lucic, Novica Velickovic, Dusko Savanovic, Zoran Erceg, Milan Macvan, Dragan Labovic, Nenad Krstic, Kosta Perovic, Milovan Rakovic, Miroslav Raduljica, Dejan Musli, Mile Ilic.


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