May 21, 1976 |
Pula, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Nationality||Serbian / Spanish|
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Ivan Goran Kovacic
(Herceg Novi, Yugoslavia)
|NBA draft||2002 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Predrag Savović (Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг Савовић; born May 21, 1976) is a retired Serbian professional basketball player. He played for the NBA's Denver Nuggets and Iurbentia Bilbao of the Spanish ACB, among other teams.
Early life and college career
Savović was born in the Socialist Republic of Croatia city Pula to a family of Serbian descent. He attended Ivan Goran Kovacic High School in Herceg Novi, Serbia and Montenegro. He also attended the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) from 1997–98 and then the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in the U.S., from 1998 to 2002. He holds degrees in International Business and Finance as well as Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He also holds an EMBA Degree from University of Deusto, Deusto Business School. Predrag was a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference pick in his junior and senior seasons, the MVP of the 2002 WAC tournament, and an honorable mention All-American selection by the Associated Press. Hawaii advanced to the first round of the NCAA tournament of 2002.
Savović grew up playing for Partizan Belgrade, KK Beovuk, and KK Šabac. He moved to the American NCAA even though he was well into his twenties. Undrafted, he signed with the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets in 2002, for whom he played during the 2002-03 NBA season, making him one of only few European players by that time to make a jump from NCAA to NBA. Last five years he has been an important member of Iurbentia Bilbao Basket, a member of ACB League in Spain until his retirement in 2009.
Personal life and Business
Predrag is a founder of Global Business Connections, a firm based in Republic of Montenegro.
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- EurocupBasketball.com Profile
- "Predrag Savovic bio". NBA. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
- Lehigh Guard Zlatko Savovic A War Survivor
- Predrag Savovic, new president of Bilbao Basket