EuroCup Standouts: Rade Zagorac

Jun 11, 2020 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
EuroCup Standouts: Rade Zagorac

Partizan NIS Belgrade forward Rade Zagorac, who will turn 25 years old this summer, has established himself as a cornerstone for the Serbian powerhouse as well as one of the most versatile forwards in the 7DAYS EuroCup. With the ability to be a go-to scorer and using his length, quickness and toughness, Zagorac posted 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals over the past two seasons since making his competition debut.

What puts Zagorac on another level, however, is his tendency to step up and lead the team in key stretches of games. One such occasion was the regular-season do-or-die finale in the 2018-19 season when as a EuroCup rookie who missed three games due to injuries Zagorac had 18 points on 3-for-4 two-point shooting and 2-for-4 behind the arc along with 5 assists and 4 steals to lead Partizan to a Top 16 clinching 87-72 win over Turk Telekom. Another instance in which Zagorac starred when his team needed him was his 26-point MVP-of-the-Round performance in a come-from-behind home win over Tofas Bursa or a 12-point first-quarter burst to set the tone in a home win over Rytas Vilnius, both during this past regular season.

One could argue that none of his moments have been bigger than the last minute of a key Top 16 game on the road against Segafredo Virtus Bologna. In that game, few things were going his way. Zagorac had just 2 points going into the final minute of that clash, but with his team down 82-78, he still took the responsibility of attempting a key three-pointer. And even though Zagorac missed the shot, he had the awareness to catch the long offensive rebound and set up a three-point play by his teammate Cory Walden. Zagorac was not done. On the ensuing Virtus possession, Zagorac stole the ball from Julian Gamble and raced the other way for a fastbreak layup with 18.1 seconds left; Zagorac's only field goal of the game on seven attempts also turned into the game-winner.

Zagorac has the rare ability to rise to the occasion, displaying great mental toughness and a knack to come up with big plays in key moments or with games - or even seasons - on the line. Not many things can sway his confidence, making Zagorac a true EuroCup standout.