The Serbian head coach, Aleksandar Đođrđević, announced the 16 players who will prepare for the next qualifying window for the FIBA World Cup 2019 in China. As it was predicted, there are no players from the EuroLeague.
After the last qualifying window, during September, the players from Munich (Stefan Jović, Vladimir Lučić and Nemanja Dangubić) were hoping that their team will let them play against Israel on November 30th 2018. His team will play the day before against Maccabi in EuroLeague and they were hoping to stay with the Serbian squad in Tel Aviv for one more day. But Lučić, Dangubić and Jović are not on Đođević’s list.
As it was the case before, the Serbian head coach put some new names that will have the chance to book the spots for the games against Israel (November 30th in Tel Aviv) and Greece (December 3rd in Belgrade, “Aleksandar Nikolić” Sports Hall).
The New names are Rade Zagorac, the best player in Partizan BC till now, and Dejan Kravić, the player from Mostar who is currently a member of Virtus Bologna. Last time, Zagorac was in the roster for the preparation for the Olympic Qualification Tournament in 2016, while Đođrđević kept an eye on Kravić when he first became the head coach of the national team while the center from Bologna was playing for Texas Tech University.
The Players who will fight for the best 12 are: Stefan Peno (point guard, Berlin), Ilija Đoković (point guard, Borac Čačak), Stefan Pot (point guard, FM Železnik), Aleksa Avramović (point guard, Pallacanestro Varese), Dragan Milosavljević (shooting guard, Málaga), Branko Lazić (small forward – shooting guard, Crvena zvezda), Ognjen Dobrić (small forward – shooting guard, Crvena zvezda), Rade Zagorac (small forward – shooting guard, Partizan), Aleksa Radanov (small forward – shooting guard, Crvena Zvezda), Marko Simonović (small forward, Zenit), Stevan Jelovac (power forward, Bamberg), Stefan Birčević (power forward, currently without club), Miroslav Raduljica (center, Jiangsu Dragons), Đorđe Gagić (center, Partizan), Nikola Jovanović (power forward – center, Trento) and Dejan Kravić (center, Virtus Bologna).