The biggest event in whole college sports is just around the corner. Top 68 teams in the NCAA D1 will fight for place in the final game on 8th April 2019. Total of 24 players from Serbia will play on March Madness(or conferencial tournaments before the official beginning of March Madness round 1)
Take a look on our reports on the most notable players this season coming from Serbia:
Nikola Popović- 6’11, C, junior, Boston College
Statistically one of the best centers in ACC. Popovic has elite size and strong body. Aggressive player in the paint, but also can score from mid range. Seems like he has been working on his 3-pt shooting, showed that he can score from perimeter also. Has good post skillset, stands contact excellent, thanks to strong body. Can face up his defenders and attack the basket. Efficient in PnR game, makes strong screens, rolls well and create position to score, but also has ability to pop out and shoot a 3-pointer when possible. Uses his size very well in defense, covers the paint and blocks shots. Grabs most rebounds around the paint. In 29.3 minutes per game he averages 14.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 0.8 blocks.
Saša Stefanović- 6’4, SG, freshman, Purdue-
Shooting guard who has versatile scoring skills. As a freshman he is having a roll of spot up shooter so far. Can be dangerous when he catches fire from 3-pt line. Confident in his shot. Has quick release so his shot is tough to be blocked. Has quick moves with ball and above average ball handling. Solid defender, puts a lot effort in defense. In 12 minutes per game he averages 2.7 points, 1.2 rebound and 0.5 assist.
Vasilije Pušica- 6’5, PG, senior, Northeastern-
PG with excellent offensive skillset and high basketball IQ. Great ball handler, very sure with the ball in his hands. Pusica is real floor general, versatile scorer and passer. Organizes his teammates on the floor with and without ball in his hands. Confident in his shot, makes 38% of his 3-pt attempts. Has high percentage of PnR efficiency. Good decision maker, finds smart and simple solutions in offense, does good job in transition game, too. Great court vision, always able to find his teammates and put them in easy position to score. Possesses smooth moves and tough euro step. Good defender, has quick hands in defense. In 35.4 minutes per game he is averaging 17.9 points, 4.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals. Finished regular season as a 5th best scorer of CAA conference and the best scorer in the NCAA among European players.
Nick Rakočević- 6’11, C, junior, USC-
One of the best centers in PAC-12, has elite size and excellent post skills. Good mid range shooter. Has great feeling for the game, often makes put back dunk or tips in misses of his teammates. Has very good rebounding ability, grabs rebounds on both ends. Good level of mobility for his size, runs the floor well. Can guard stronger big men, covers paint excellent. In 30 minutes per game he is averaging 14.9 points, 9.3 rebound and 1.4 blocks. Finished regular season as 11th scorer and 3rd rebounder in PAC-12.
Filip Petrušev- 6’11, PF/C, freshman, Gonzaga-
In his freshman season Petrušev is having a role of back up center who can stretch the floor and shoot from outside and he has been doing pretty well so far. Has done great job in the paint with rebounding and blocking shots on defensive end. Plays really good on the low post in offense, thanks to his excellent post skillset. Improved his shooting, rarely misses when he is taking mid range shots. Solid 3-pt shooter, looks like he will be able to make 3-point shots when he gets more room for it in the game. Has troubles in defense when switches on quicker guards, but mostly covers the paint well.. In 11.6 minutes per game he is averaging 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.5 blocks.
Filip Rebrača- 6’9, PF, sophomore, North Dakota-
Athletic power forward with good body and size. Body strength is on solid level, as well. Has ability to play in and out. Has good post skills in the paint. Can put the ball on the floor and attack his defenders faced up. Good spot up shooter. Can switch in D and guard big men or guards either, good defender. In 21.6 minutes per game he is averaging 8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks.
Novak Topalović- 7’, C, senior, Utah-
Utah’s back up center with elite size and length. Plays mostly in the paint, rarely attacks face up. Solid post skillset. Can be useful on both ends thanks to his size. Has good rebounding and shot blocking ability. In 12.6 minutes per game he is averaging 2.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.6 blocks.
Mladen Armuš- 6’10, C, sophomore, East Tennessee State-
ETSU’s center with strong body and good size. Stronger than most of his opponents in conference inside the paint which helps him to score easily down low. Has low mobility level, moves slow and rarely shoots outside the paint. In 23 minutes per game he averages 7.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.1 block. 7 th best rebounder and blocker in SoCon. ETSU lost semifinal game of their conference, Armus scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in that game.
Đorđe Dimitrijević- 6’2, PG, junior, Mercer-
Quick and skillful, but undersized PG. Natural scorer. Good driver in, versatile finisher around the rim. Can score from long and mid range, as well. Mercer lost to Furman in SoCon tournament, but Dimitrijevic had good performance, finished game with 13 points, 3 rebounds and assists, 4 steals. In 23 minutes per game this season he is averaging 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assist.
Andrija Ristanović- 6’11, PF, freshman, IONA-
Mobile forward with great shooting ability. Plays more outside than inside. . Versatile shooter, but mostly waits in the corner for ball to shoot a 3-pointer. Elite sized, but has a lot of room to improve his body. In 14.2 minutes per game he is averaging 3.3 points, 3 rebounds and 0.6 block.
Nikša Nikolić- 6’8, C, junior, IONA-
Strong center with good body. Very useful inside the paint, can play against stronger bigs on both ends. Has solid level of post skillset, but has more impact on the game in defense. In 12.7 minutes per game he is averaging 2.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.9 block.
Other notable Serbian players:
Dusan Kovacevic- 6’10, C, senior, Davidson
Luka Vulikic- 6’6, PG sophomore, Eastern Washington
Dimitrije Spasojevic- 6’8, PF, sophomore, East Carolina
Milos Stajcic- 6’10, PF/C, freshman, Campbell)
Matija Radovic- 6’7, SF, sophomore, Hofstra
Ivan Hadzic- 6’9, PF/C, freshman, Canisius
Stevan Krtinic- 6’5, SG, freshman, St. Francis Terriers
Lost to Robert Morris in NEC Tournament QF
Milos Jovic- 6’4, SG, sophomore, Miami (OH)
Nikola Colovic- 6’10, C, sophomore, Hartford
Nikola Scekic- 7’2, C, senior, South Florida
Jovan Grujic- 7′, C, senior, Stephen F. Austin
Lazar Skoric- 6’3, SG, freshman, Fordham
Matija Milin- 6’9, SF, Senior, Fairfield