Dejan Milojević

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Dejan Milojević
Dejan Milojević.jpg
Milojević at the press-conference after game MZT Skopje vs. Mega Vizura in February 2014
Mega Vizura
Position Head coach
League Serbian League
Adriatic League
Personal information
Born (1977-04-15) April 15, 1977 (age 37)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 254 lb (115 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 1999 / Undrafted
Pro career 1997–2009
Position Power forward
Number 13, 31
Career history
As player:
1997–1998 Beovuk
1998–2000 FMP Železnik
2000–2004 Budućnost Podgorica
2004–2006 Partizan Belgrade
2006–2008 Pamesa Valencia
2008–2009 Galatasaray Café Crown
2009 Partizan Belgrade
As coach:
2012–present Mega Vizura
Career highlights and awards

Dejan Milojević (Serbian: Дејан Милојевић; born April 15, 1977 in Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian professional basketball coach and former professional basketball player who played at the power forward position. He also played for the Serbian national basketball team. Milojević is currently serving as a head coach of Mega Vizura in the Serbian League.

Early years[edit]

Milojević was born and raised in Belgrade, and started playing basketball for a small team named Beovuk. He was quite a dominant figure while playing in youth leagues, once scoring 131 points in a single game, a still-standing record.

Professional career[edit]

His professional career began in 1998 with a first division club KK FMP from the Belgrade suburb of Železnik. While playing a couple of seasons for a club well known for its working with young players, the 6 ft 7 in Milojević became famous for his blue collar and never-quit style of playing. He averaged a double-double in both of his seasons with FMP, and won the league MVP award in 1999.

In 2000, Milojević moved to KK Budućnost Podgorica in Montenegro, where he won his first national championship in 2001. He spent three more seasons there, improving his skills and his game every year. Already a dominating inside presence, he improved his three-point and free-throw shooting, an area in which he struggled a lot in early years. While in Budućnost he won a couple more league MVP Awards, in 2003 and 2004.

After averaging 20.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in 2003–04, his third MVP season, Milojević decided he wanted to play in the Euroleague against the best players on the continent, so he signed with the three-time defending champion KK Partizan. Although Partizan underachieved in the competition, Milojević was his usual dominant self, averaging 20.8 ppg, 11.5 rpg, and just over 3 steals and assists per game. He was also the key player for Partizan's another title rout in the domestic league, as they lost only one game during the playoffs.

In the 2005–06 season, another rather weak year for Partizan in the Euroleague, Milojević had another double-double Euroleague season, scoring 16.4 ppg and grabbing 10 rebounds per game, also winning a couple of Player of the Week honors.

From Partizan, Milojević moved to the Spanish side Pamesa Valencia, where he played two seasons, finishing his international career with the Turkish club Galatasaray Café Crown in the 2008–09 season. He moved back to Partizan in 2009, but soon decided to end his career because of knee injury.[1]

Euroleague career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: Euroleague is not the only competition in which player participated for the team during the season.

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2000–01 Budućnost 11 2 13.5 .622 .000 .333 3.2 .2 .6 .0 4.6 3.0
2001–02 Budućnost 8 6 23.4 .545 .412 .375 6.4 .4 1.6 .3 9.5 9.5
2002–03 Budućnost 14 13 31.7 .592 .000 .695 6.5 2.4 1.8 .2 11.6 15.1
2004-05 Partizan 6 6 35.5 .634 .000 .700 11.5 3.3 3.5 .3 20.8 30.5
2005–06 Parizan 12 12 34.6 .419 .294 .730 10.1 2.3 1.9 .1 16.4 23.6
Career 51 39 27.6 .539 .214 .662 7.2 1.7 1.7 .2 12.0 15.4

National team[edit]

As far as the national team in concerned, Milojević won the gold medal in the 2001 European Championship in Turkey, and played for the national team in a few more occasions.

Coaching career[edit]

In October 2012, three years after retiring from the professional basketball, Milojević became the head coach of Serbian team Mega Vizura.[2] In his first season with the team he had great success, leading his team to the semifinal of the Serbian League, winning the place in the regional Adriatic League for the next season. In team's first ABA League season, he led the team to 8th place with 12-14 record.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Milojević završio karijeru". rts.rs (in Serbian). kosarka.rs. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dejan Milojević trener Mega Vizure". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 24 May 2014. 

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