Photo courtesy FIBA Europe/Robertas Dackus
One of the George Mason men's basketball team's newest
members will have a chance to display his skills on the international stage
this month, as forward Marko Gujanicic will play for his native Serbia in the
upcoming FIBA Under-20 Division A European Championship in Slovenia.
Gujanicic, a 6'8" post from Cacak, is one of 24 Serbian
players who will compete in Slovenia from July 12-22. The Serbian squad's first
game is at 8:45 p.m. local time on Thursday as they take on Montenegro. Serbia
will also play Germany (July 13, 6:30 p.m.) and France (July 14, 6:30 p.m.) in
pool play at Vitranc Hall in Kranjska Gora.
"Marko called me on Monday night and I was thrilled to hear
he made the team," said Patriots head coach Paul Hewitt. "This is a great
experience for Marko. It will certainly help him prepare even more for his
freshman year at George Mason."
Gujanicic also represented Serbia at the 2011 FIBA U19 World
Championship in Latvia. In nine games of competition against international
opponents, Gujanicic averaged 8.8 points and 5.6 rebounds, shooting better than
49 percent from the field. Included among his performances was a 16-point, four
steal and four rebound outing facing the United States squad led by Coach
Gujanicic most recently played at Stoneridge Prep in Simi
Valley, Calif., where he averaged nearly 17 points and more than nine rebounds
and six assists per game. A 58 percent shooter including a 40 percent mark from
3-point range, he helped lead Stoneridge to a 25-win season this year, earning
team MVP honors.
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