Ratko Radovanović

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Ratko Radovanović
Personal information
Born (1956-10-16) October 16, 1956 (age 60)
Nevesinje, PR Bosnia-Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
Listed weight 107 kg (236 lb)
Career information
Playing career 1977–1990
Position Center
Career history
1977–1983 Bosna
1983–1986 Stade Français
1986–1990 Reyer Venezia (Giomo / Hitachi)

Ratko Radovanović (born 16 October 1956) is a Serbian former basketball player who competed for SFR Yugoslavia at the 1980 Summer Olympics and at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in the town of Nevesinje within the Herzegovina region, Radovanović, still an infant, was brought by his parents to Nikšić, PR Montenegro where he grew up.[2]

A tall and lanky kid, Radovanović took up basketball in Nikšić on an informal, recreational basis in 1969. In May 1970 Yugoslav national team won the World Championship being held at home, resulting in an explosion of popularity for the sport throughout the country — a trend Radovanović followed as he started training a lot more seriously.[2] It wasn't long before he got noticed by Vukašin "Vule" Vukalović, the Bosna sports society general secretary, who recommended the youngster to KK Bosna head coach Bogdan Tanjević.[2]

Club career[edit]

KK Bosna[edit]

Radovanović arrived to Sarajevo in October 1972, having just turned 16 years of age. Though officially part of the KK Bosna youth system, first team head coach Tanjević gave him an odd first team runout already in the 1972-73 season,[2] the club's first ever in the Yugoslav top-tier league.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympics". sports-reference. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Stanković, Vladimir (15 February 2015). "Ratko Radovanović, mind over matter". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 2015-03-14. 

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