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Cedevita signs star forward Smodis
Aug 18, 2011
Cedevita Zagreb loaded its frontline with the signing of Matjaz Smodis, who has been one of Europe’s top big men over the past decade. Smodis (2.05 meters, 31 years old) is a three-time Euroleague champion, with two of those titles coming during his recent six-year stay with CSKA Moscow. By joining a team in the Eurocup Qualifying Round, Smodis will not play in the Euroleague for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. He ranks among the Euroleague career leaders in scoring (14th; 1,818 points), rebounding (16th, 687) three-pointers made (17th; 194) and games played (15th, 170).
Smodis grew up with Krka Novo Mesto, where he was a starter as a teenager and led the club to the 2000 Slovenian League championship. He spent the next three seasons at Virtus Bologna, where in 2001 he won the triple crown: His first Euroleague title plus the Italian League and Cup titles. Smodis moved to rival Fortitudo Bologna for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. He helped that team reach the Euroleague title game in the first of those seasons and win the Italian League in the second. Over the following six years, Smodis estrablished himself as a star and a winner by helping CSKA reach five Euroleague Final Fours and winning the title in 2006 and 2008 in addition to six Russian championship and three Russian Cups. He also became the first non-Russian team captain in CSKA’s illustrious history. He was named to the 2006-07 All-Euroleague Second Team. Smodis is also a member of the Slovenian national team, which he has represented on four occasions at the European Championships and is currently training with for EuroBasket 2011. Smodis is scheduled to be formally introduced at a press conference on Monday.