Partizan NIS Belgrade re-signed veteran power forward Novica Velickovic for the coming season, the club announced Monday. Velickovic (2.05 meters, 30 years old) is set to start his eighth season with Partizan. He averaged 11.2 points and 5.5 rebounds in 26 Adriatic League games with the club last season. Born in Belgrade and raised in Partizan’s youth system, Velickovic started his career with Partizan and played there until 2009. He helped the team to five consecutive domestic championships as well as Adriatic League crowns in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He was voted EuroLeague Rising Star in 2009. Velickovic went on to play for Real Madrid, with which he reached the EuroLeague Final Four in 2011 and won the Copa del Rey title in 2012. He has also played for Mega Vizura of Serbia and Trabzonspor Medical Park on Turkey. Velickovic made his return to Partizan in February 2016. He has also been a member of the Serbian national team, which he helped to a silver medal at EuroBasket 2009. Velickovic had already started to practice with the team this season and even played in one pre-season game. "I thought about everything and started training with the team," Velickovic said. "When we wanted to talk about staying this season, the decision was not difficult. We have a young team, but are here to fight for Partizan together."