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2011-12 Qualifying Rounds Profile: KK Buducnost
In its second consecutive Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds appearance, perennial Montenegrin champion KK Buducnost is looking to return to Europe’s signature competition for the first time since 2003. Founded in 1949, Buducnost worked for more than 30 years to reach the first division of the former Yugoslav League and another decade more to cement its place in that competition. By the end of the century, however, it was the team to beat in one of the world’s most concentrated areas of basketball talent and devotion. Buducnost started with Yugoslav Cup titles in 1996 and 1998, but the best was about to come. Three straight Yugoslav League titles were forged by a record-setting domestic winning streak of 51 games that ran from 1999 to 2001. Players like Dejan Tomasevic, Milenko Topic and Vlado Scepanovic helped make it all possible. Another cup trophy made for a league-cup double in 2001. Buducnost was also a force in the 2000-01 Euroleague, where it reached the playoffs. The club returned to the Euroleague for the next two years, but failed to reach the Top 16. A quieter period followed during which Buducnost took part in the ULEB Cup, though it missed the elimination rounds in 2004 and 2005. Buducnost reached the Serbia and Montenegro League semifinals in its last appearance in that competition. Buducnost naturally became the new team to beat in the reborn Montenegrin League and has won five consecutive titles since 2007 with a combined 89-1 record - which says plenty about its dominance. Buducnost was close to making the Adriatic League final four in 2009-10 and missed out on the Eurocup after falling to Brose Baskets by a single point at the end of a home-and-away Qualifying Round series. Last season, Buducnost came up short in the Euroleague Qualifying Round and the Eurocup regular season, but once again won the Montenegrin League and the Montenegrin Cup titles. It also reached the Adriatic League final four, where it lost against Partizan mt:s Belgrade in the semifinals. The always-spirited and competitive Buducnost squad enters a new season ready to challenge for a spot in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season.
There are plenty of reasons for excitement in the Montenegrin capital this season as Buducnost steps up with a young, deep roster that is sure to deliver the thrills. There is great depth up front, with the versatile duo of Nikola Vucevic and Milivoje Bozovic at center and promising youngsters Bojan Dubljevic, Nemanja Radovic and Nemanja Milosevic vying for minutes at power forward. Another forward, Marko Popovic, is back after missing most of last season to injury. Small forward Cedomir Vitkovac will also help with the rebounding. Veteran guard Bojan Krstovic could be one of the most important offseason acquisitions due to his all-around skills and leadership qualities. Teenage scorer Vladimir Mihailovic aims for a breakout season alongside new point guard Jermaine Anderson. Another elite teenage prospect, playmaker Nikola Ivanovic, could also figure in the mix. With size inside, speed at guard and great shooters on the wings, not to mention a very young roster sprinkled with key veteran leaders, Buducnost has a blueprint for success. If all goes according to head coach Dejan Radonjic’s plans, this team could be the talk of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
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