Wolves welcome European forward

Last Updated: Aug 28, 2013 10:17pm
St. Clement, Worcester
By Colin Taylor
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Worcester Wolves’ Director of Basketball Paul James has moved closer to finalising his new-look squad with the capture of experienced European forward Stefan Djukic.

With Portuguese/Serbian nationality, 24 year old Djukic has already built a varied basketball CV, taking in a number of clubs in both Portugal and Serbia, developing a reputation as a player who is prepared to graft for points and rebounds.

Standing at six foot seven inches, Djukic began his career with various Portuguese junior sides and impressed enough to earn a call up to represent Portugal at under-20 level. He then moved on to stints with several teams in the second division of Serbian basketball before returning to Portugal in 2011 when he joined one of their top-tier sides, Casino Figueira Ginasio.

Djukic’s latest stop has been at Sampaense Basket where he averaged eight points and six rebounds whilst helping his team reach the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup and the quarter-finals of the end-of-season playoffs.

Paul James spoke about his expectations for Djukic, saying: “I like what Stefan can bring to the team. Despite his age, he’s already got plenty of European experience. Wherever he’s been, he’s always produced solid numbers in points and rebounds. I’m sure he’ll carry on that form at the Wolves and I look forward to him being a productive player for us.”

The signing of Djukic means that there is now just one spot left open on the Wolves roster for a non-British player. For the moment James is biding his time about when to exercise that option, commenting: “While there are a number of players that I have my eye on, I don’t feel there is a need to rush into using up the last non-British spot. I’m really pleased with who we’ve already signed and will only make more signings if necessary, and when the time is right.”

Wolves will open their new British Basketball league campaign on Saturday 28 September, visiting the Surrey Heat. Wolves’ eagerly-anticipated first game of the season at the University of Worcester Arena will take place the following week on Friday 4 October, versus Leicester Riders.



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