Marko Kešelj

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Marko Kešelj
Marko Kešelj.jpg
Kešelj at the 2010 World Championship.
Free agent
Position Small forward
Personal information
Born (1988-01-02) January 2, 1988 (age 27)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2010 / Undrafted
Pro 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
2013–2014 ASVEL Basket
2014–2015 Mega Vizura / Leks
Career highlights and awards

Marko Kešelj (Serbian: Марко Кешељ, born January 2, 1988) is a Serbian professional basketball player who last played for Mega Leks of the Basketball League of Serbia. He also represented the Serbian national team in the international competitions.

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 left Valencia and signed with Le Mans Sarthe Basket for the rest of the season.[4] On August 8, 2013, he signed a one-year contract with ASVEL Basket.[5]

On October 14, 2014, he signed an open contract with the Serbian team Mega Vizura.[6] On June 17, 2015, it was confirmed that Kešelj will play with the Portland Trail Blazers at the 2015 NBA Summer League.[7]

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.

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: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.

Denotes seasons in which Kešelj won the Euroleague

Euroleague[edit]

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. 
  6. ^ "VELIKO POJAČANJE ZA MEGA VIZURU! KEŠELJ DEBITUJE PROTIV CRVENE ZVEZDE!!". .bcmegabasket.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Marko Keselj will play the NBA Summer League for the Blazers". Sportando.com. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 

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