Turkish Airlines Euroleague
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KRKA inks Djurkovic, Stinson; keeps Petrov
August 15, 2011
Krka Novo Mesto shored up its roster as it begins preseason training by signing guard Curtis Stinson and big man Marko Djurkovic and extending veteran guard Simon Petrov. Stinson (1.90 meters, 28 years old) was the NBA D-League MVP last season playing for Iowa. He averaged 19.3 points, a league-best 9.8 assists and 5.7 rebounds in the regular season and then led Iowa to the league title with 24.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 8.8 assists in the playoffs. Stinson has past experience in Europe, but has never played in the Eurocup. He played for Split in Croatia and for Kolossos Rhodes and Aris in Greece, but has spent much more time in the D-League, where he has appeared in a total of 198 games for Dakota, Fort Worth, Utah, Austin and Iowa.
Djurkovic (2.06 meters, 24 years old) is a product of the Partizan Belgrade youth system and made four appearances in the Euroleague between 2006 and 2008 with the team. Last season he played for Banja Luka in the Bosnian League, where he averaged 8.4 points per game, and later for SK Zilina in the Slovakian League, where he tallied 10.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He won the Serbian League championship twice, the Serbian Cup one and the Adriatic League twice during his days with Partizan. Djurkovic also helped the Serbia & Montenegro junior national team to gold medals at the 2003 European Under-16 Championships and the 2005 European U-18 Championships and the Serbian national team to the gold medal at the 2007 European U-20 Championships.
Petrov (1.91 meters, 35 years old) has spent the past three seasons with Krka and helped the club win the Slovenian League in the past two seasons. He has played at the highest levels in the past, including in the Euroleague with Asvel Basket and Union Olimpija. Petrov has also played for Geoplin Slovin in Slovenia, AEL Larissa and AEP Patras in Greece, Air Avellino in Italy and Banvit in Turkey.
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