Marko Kešelj

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Marko Kešelj
Марко Кешељ
Marko Kešelj.jpg
Kešelj at the 2010 World Championship.
No. 10 – ASVEL Basket
Position Small forward
League LNB Pro A
Personal information
Born (1988-01-02) January 2, 1988 (age 26)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
Pro playing career 2004–present
Career history
2004–2006 Mega Ishrana
2006–2007 Akasvayu Girona
2007–2008 Köln 99ers
2008–2010 Red Star Belgrade
2010–2012 Olympiacos
2012–2013 Valencia
2013 Le Mans Sarthe
2013–present ASVEL Basket
Career highlights and awards

Marko Kešelj (Serbian Cyrillic: Марко Кешељ; born January 2, 1988) is a Serbian professional basketball player for ASVEL Villeurbanne of the French League. He also played for the Serbian national team.

Professional career[edit]

Kešelj started his career in his hometown with a club called Mega Ishrana. Despite his young age, Kešelj already has the experience of playing for two top quality foreign clubs, the Spanish ACB League club Akasvayu Girona and the German League club Köln 99ers. During the summer of 2006, his talents were spotted by Serbian coach Svetislav Pešić, who brought him to Girona in the Spanish ACB League at the age of 18.

However, Kešelj could not establish himself in the squad and got very little playing time. In the summer of 2007, he transferred to the German League to the Köln 99ers, which were led by another Serbian coach, Saša Obradović. Following a so-so season, Obradović left to coach Kiev, and Kešelj also started looking for a transfer.

Upon rumors that Pešić, his mentor from his Girona days, might be taking over Red Star Belgrade, Keselj decided to sign with the club during the summer of 2008, even before Pešić's arrival had become official. In 2010, he signed a 3-year contract with the Greek League club Olympiacos.[1] With Olympiacos, he won the Euroleague and Greek League championships in 2012.[2]

On August 14, 2012, Kešelj signed one-year contract with Valencia.[3] On February 5, 2013, he signed with Le Mans Sarthe Basket till the end of the season.[4] On August 8, 2013, he signed with ASVEL Villeurbanne.[5]

Serbian national team[edit]

Kešelj was a member of the Serbian junior national teams, and he played at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship 2007 in Novi Sad and at the 2008 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. Kešelj was also a member of the senior Serbian national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, where Serbia was defeated by Lithuania, in the game for the bronze medal. He was also capped for the national team of Serbia at the EuroBasket 2011, in Lithuania, where Serbia finished in 8th place.

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
Denotes seasons in which Kešelj's team won the Euroleague
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2010–11 Olympiacos 12 3 12.3 .476 .435 .500 1.0 .2 .3 .3 3.8 2.1
2011–12 Olympiacos 14 8 15.7 .396 .270 .600 2.0 .3 .4 .0 3.9 2.4
Career 26 11 14.1 .425 .333 .538 1.5 .2 .4 .1 3.9 2.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Skountis, Vassilis. "OLYMPIACOS adds talent with Keselj". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Woods, Mark. "OLYMPIAKOS STUN CSKA FOR EUROLEAGUE CROWN". mvp247.com. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Valencia tabs Marko Keselj". Sportando. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Marko Keselj dissatisfied with playing time, moves to Le Mans". court-side.com. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "ASVEL VILLEURBANNE inks forward Keselj". Eurocupbasketball.com. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 

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