Head-to-Head matchups: Valencia Basket vs. Buducnost Voli

Mar 14, 2012 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Valencia Basket Club
Valencia Basket vs. KK Buducnost
Head-to-Head matchups
KK Buducnost
Guards
Nando De Colo - Valencia Basket (photo CEZ Nymburk)
Nando De Colo
Experience will not be lacking for either team in the backcourt. Valencia playmaker Stefan Markovic is the competition’s all-time leader in assists, while backcourt mate Nando De Colo was a 2010 All-Eurocup First Team selection. Though injuries limited Markovic in the Last 16 to just two games, De Colo led that phase in assists (30), steals (14) and his 15.8 pointer per game were fourth most. Part-time starter Rodrigo San Miguel gives Valencia a second natural playmaker, while swingman Rafa Martinez has been on the floor more than any other Valencia player this season and uses his all-around game to fuel the team at both ends of the floor. Buducnost’s Bojan Krstovic made history this season by becoming the first player to take part in 100 Eurocup games. He has been to the competition semifinals twice before. Jermaine Anderson, who has started all 12 games thus far, also boasts loads of experience having suited up for eight teams in seven countries over the past six seasons. At the other extreme, teenager Nikola Ivanovic is the team’s top-scorer off the bench and a future star and midseason signing Matt Bouldin could also take a bigger role for Buducnost in the quarters. Jermaine Anderson - KK Buducnost Voli
Jermaine Anderson

Forwards
Victor Claver - Valencia Basket (photo Valencia Basket)
Victor Claver
Valencia power forward Victor Claver, who was the 2010 Eurocup Rising Star when he last played the competition, recovered from an early injury to start all six Last 16 games and with his explosive talent could be the game changer in the quarterfinals. Nik Caner-Medley has gotten the job done inside for Valencia all season and was second in the Last 16 in rebounding (8.4 rpg.). Mid-season addition Brad Newley is can shoot, slash and play great defense at the small forward spot, while veteran big man Florent Pietrus is a selfless, blue-collar player whose athleticism makes him an impact player in the paint. One of Buducnost’s most important players is somewhat unheralded small forward Cedomir Vitkovac, who is a scoring, rebounding and assists threat. Aleksa Popovic has been crucial to Buducnost on the defensive end and his outside shooting touch also helps create space for the big guys. Like his namesake in the Euroleague, homegrown shooter Marko Popovic has unlimited range. And Milan Milosevic positions himself well underneath to wreak havoc on the offensive glass. Cedomir Vitkovac - Buducnost Voli (photo Spartak St. Petersburg)
Cedomir Vitkovac

Centers
Serhiy Lishchuk - Valencia Basket (photo Valencia Basket)
Serhiy Lishchuk
Valencia Basket and Buducnost Voli each come into the quarterfinals with a handful of interior options. The hard-working Serhiy Lishchuk is a complimentary blue-collar player whose defense, rebounding, energy and rim-rocking dunks have helped make Valencia great. And though injuries have limited A.J. Ogilvy thus far, the big Australian has old-school center tools that allow him to score points in bunches, rebound well and change opponents’ shots. Buducnost’s Bojan Dubljevic, only 20 years old, has come into his own this season and is only getting better. He at least doubled his three-pointers made, rebounds and blocked shots from the regular season to the Last 16. When Dubljevic needs a breather, 2011 Eurocup champ Hasan Rizvic comes in with the size, strength and skill to take over any game. Rizvic joined the club before the Last 16 and with more time now could be an ace for Buducnost. Hasan Rizvic - Buducnost Voli (photo Spartak St. Petersburg)
Hasan Rizvic