Zoran Radović

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Zoran Radović
Personal information
Born (1961-02-17) February 17, 1961 (age 54)
Belgrade, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Career information
College Wichita State (1980-1981)
Pro career 1981–1995
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Career history
1981–1990 Crvena Zvezda
1990–1992 Alba Berlin
1992-1993 OKK Belgrade
1993-1994 Pavia
1994-1995 OKK Belgrade

Zoran Radović (born February 17, 1961 in Belgrade, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia) is a retired Serbian basketball player and current FIBA administrator.

Early career and college[edit]

Known for tenacious defensive skills, Radović started playing basketball at OKK Belgrade where he went through all age groups with the club's youth system. Among the different coaches he worked with at OKK Belgrade, Radović got coached by Vlade Đurović who would go on to a significant coaching career.

In 1980 he moved to the United States to play college basketball at Wichita State University where his single season in the NCAA Division I with the Shockers was very successful. Arriving to Wichita together with compatriot Žarko Đurišić, Radović joined the squad featuring future NBA players Cliff Levingston, Antoine Carr, and Ozell Jones as the sixth seeded Wichita State team came within one game of making it to the Final Four, losing the Midwest regional final to first regional seed Louisiana State University.

Club career[edit]

After his NCAA adventure, Radović came back home, signing with Red Star Belgrade where he spent 9 seasons (1981–1990) and grew into a dependable point guard as well as a defensive stalwart on the Yugoslav national team. In addition to the suffocating and aggressive defensive style, the staple of his game was going after offensive rebounds, a practice he picked up while playing college ball and introduced to the Yugoslav League where guards at the time rarely engaged in such forays on offense.During his career at Red Star he played at four Yugoslavian play off finals in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1990, one Yugoslavian cup final in 1990 and one European Korac cup final in 1983. [1]

In 1990 he moved to Berlin, spending two seasons at the developing German club Alba Berlin where he played two finals of German league play off vs Bayer Leverkusen. His 49 points at the single game still stands as a record of the most points scored in one game in the history of Alba Berlin.

In 1992 he came home to Belgrade again and played for the team where he started his career, OKK Belgrade and with the team he won Yugoslavian Cup in a memorable game vs Partizan in 1993.

Next season 1993-1994 he played in Pavia, Italy and finished out his career in 1994-1995 season with a club where he started it - OKK Belgrade.

National Team Career[edit]

He started playing for junior National team of Yugoslavia at Balkan championship in 1977 where the team won gold medal and repeated the success in 1978 by winning gold again at the same event. As junior he won the best junior tournament in the world Albert Schweitzer in 1979 and played first FIBA junior World Championship in 1979 where Yugoslavia finished fourth.

His senior career with National team of Yugoslavia started already in 1981 at the World University Games and continued throughout the years until 1992. He played at two World Championships, three European Championships, three World University Games and two Balkan championships, missing Olympic Games in 1988 due to the injury and in 1992 due to the sanctions against Yugoslavia imposed by United Nations. He played 168 official games for Yugoslavia which keeps him at top 30 players in the history of Yugoslavian basketball by number of appearances.

it is interesting that during his National team career he was coached by Bogdan Tanjevic, Ranko Zeravica, Kresimir Cosis and Dusan Ivkovic, all of them being instrumental during periods for the success of Yugoslavian basketball.


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