Marko Ljujic (205-C-90, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) had a very impressive game in the last round for Centar BP and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15. The 22-year old center had a double-double of 28 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against Mornar Bar (#1, 13-2) 83-91. Centar BP is placed at 7th position in Montenegrin 1A. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Centar BP have already lost 11 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Ljujic had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Centar BP, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Marko Ljujic averages this season 22.2ppg and 9.6rpg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young guard Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) of Lovcen. Vrbica impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 2 rebounds. Bad luck as Lovcen was edged by the lower-ranked Ibar Rozaje (#9, 4-11) 89-85. Lovcen managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 8-7 record is not bad at all. Vrbica is well-known by Lovcen fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84, agency: BBEH Cokrlija) of Teodo Tivat (#3). Radulovic scored 23 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Teodo Tivat, leading his team to a 76-69 win against slightly lower-ranked Ulcinj (#5, 8-7). Teodo Tivat is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 12-3 record is not that bad... Radulovic has a great season in Montenegro. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.2ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 8.7rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 59.6%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Petar Stojanovic (185-PG-90) of Lovcen - 21 points and 5 assists 5. Dusan Milosevic (198-G-90) of Ulcinj - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) of Mornar Bar - 22 points and 8 rebounds 7. Aaron Mitchell (187-G-89) of Centar BP - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists 8. Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) of Lovcen - 23 points 9. Manuel Johnson (201-F-83) of Teodo Tivat - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Marko Mijovic (188-PG-87) of Teodo Tivat - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Acie Earl (208-F/C-70, college: Iowa), former Boston Celtics draft pick and the second player ever, after Jerome James (216-C-75, college: Florida A&M) who signed in Montenegro with NBA experience on his resume, is talking to Eurobasket.com about his NBA experience, ups and downs in Europe and ambitions for the future [read more]
Acie Earl (208-F/C-70, college: Iowa), former Boston Celtics draft pick and the second player ever, after Jerome James (216-C-75, college: Florida A&M) who signed in Montenegro with NBA experience on his resume, is talking to Eurobasket.com about his NBA experience, ups and downs in Europe and ambitions for the future.
Hello Acie, most true basketball fans have heard about you- at the University of Iowa, you were a 3 year starter, Playboy Pre Season All American, Chicago Tribune's Big Ten Player of the Year plus 2nd leading career scorer at Iowa and All Time shot block leader at Iowa. But I would like to hear how did it all start? Have you always considered basketball as your dream job?
As a kid in the 3rd grade I saw Magic Johnson (207-G-59, college: Michigan St.) play on tv and I wanted to play since and I followed the NBA and college on tv growing up, even collecting basketball cards.
I was supposed to go lottery that year but the draft lottery had a lot of underclassmen come out of college as the 1st 7 or 8 picks were underclassmen, if they had not come out then I would have been a lottery pick, so to actually have David Stern say my name was unreal and the walk across the stage and shake his hand a dream come true.
You played 4 years in the NBA with the Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors in the 90s. The 90s were considered the era of Michael Jordan (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina) but also the golden age of big and talented post players. Who was the toughest opponent you have faced in your NBA career?
In January 1998 you moved to France and signed with Racing Paris, a very ambitious club at that time, mostly known now as Tony Parkers first club. How hard for an experienced NBA player like you was the transition from NBA rules and comodity to European game?
However, your overseas career lasted eight years in notable basketball countries such as Spain, Greece, France, Turkey. You won many individual awards such as Turkish League MVP in 2001 and Kosovo League MVP in 2004. Considering your enormous experience could you tell us which league was most competitive and where did you enjoy playing and living?
Australia was fun and good life, France also, Austria truly most interesting . Russia most wild, China so different.. all had such ups and downs , Poland Serbia ect.
The Buducnost team was cool. It was fun to play on such as famous euro league team ,but they were on the downward fall and I was brought in late to help but it was too late, the coach was okay, not great not bad, he felt a lot of pressure and I think they fired him after they then let me go.
Adriatic League is now considered as one of the best leagues in Europe. Back in 2003/2004 how competitive it was and did you like the level?
It was okay then, hard play but a lot of young prospects with Red Star and the other big team in the capital of Serbia. I could see it big now as the players could always dribble, shoot and were big, and also played a very smart floor game.
In August 2004 you suffered a career ending injury (torn Achilles tendon), just a week after you signed with Zadar, another Adriatic League team. How hard it was to quit basketball and what were the alternatives at that time?
It wasn't hard to quit, mentally I was drained, at 32 I was starting to feel it and could see myself retiring. I just was not ready off the court yet, also most of my friends were coaching in the states at college or semi pro, so I thought to do that but really after seeing it close up I didn't want to coach at a high level.
Your basketball program (more info at http://www.venomsportstraining.com) is proven for success. You have been running your own kids camp for 3-12th graders for years in Dubuque, Iowa. and also held individual workouts for past Iowa Hawkeyes who wanted to prolong and start their pro careers such as Glen Worley (203-F-81, college: Iowa), Duez Henderson (201-F-80, college: Iowa) and Jason Price (184-G-77, college: Iowa). What are your plans for your coaching career? Would you like to return to Europe as a coach?
Buducnost is the new champion of Erste Basketball League! Actually, its not a big news in Montenegro knowing that the club from Podgorica won all league titles since the independence in 2006 but this time was a bit harder against a solid Sutjeska. Anyway, the third game was not as tied as the games before (67-51) but Dusan Dubljevic 's guys can not regret because they fought bravely against a much more experienced team [read more]
Buducnost is the new champion of Erste Basketball League! Actually, its not a big news in Montenegro knowing that the club from Podgorica won all league titles since the independence in 2006 but this time was a bit harder against a solid Sutjeska. Anyway, the third game was not as tied as the games before (67-51) but Dusan Dubljevic 's guys can not regret because they fought bravely against a much more experienced team. The game was decided after the first half when Buducnost got a big lead and burried Sutjeska's hopes to make a surprise in Podgorica. A curiosity of the game played tonight is that nobody scored in double digits for the winners but all players besides Danilo Nikolic (205-C-93) scored at least two points which proves that Buducnost has a deep rotation. The top scorers were Gerald Lee (208-C-87, college: ODU) and Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) with 9 points each. On the other side the situation was the same, but the guests scored less points all together and thats was the main difference. The leading scorer was Radoje Vujosevic (209-C-89, agency: Interperformances) with 8 points.
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