Cedevita Olimpija gets Karlo Matkovic
By Johnny Askounis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Checking the latest moves of 7DAYS EuroCup teams, Cedevita Olimpija, Lietkabelis and Turk Telekom have added to their lists.
Croatian international Karlo Matkovic will play for the Ljubljana side in 2022-23.
According to the press release: “The talented center Karlo Matković will join the Cedevita Olimpija team in the coming season. as a loaned player.
In the Cedevita Olimpija jersey, we will be able to follow another talented player from the region of the former common country in the 2022/23 competitive season. Karlo Matković, a 208 centimeter center, who has already worn the Cedevita de Zagreb jersey in his career, will move to the Dragon’s Nest for the first time, since from 2019 he was on loan at OKK Beograd and Mega MIS. Now, for the first time since the merger of Cedevita and Olimpija in 2019, Matković will defend the colors of Cedevita Olimpija.
“We are happy that Karlo Matković is joining us in Ljubljana after three seasons, which he was able to use as a loanee to gain much-needed experience. Karlo is part of Cedevita Olimpija, and in the last two seasons at Mega he has proven to what a talented basketball player he was, and we all expect him to improve even more under the watchful eye of our expert team in Ljubljana, and at the same time the weather helps our team achieve all our competitive goals,” said Cedevita Olimpija sporting director Sani Bečirović. Ljubljana head coach Jurica Golemac said: “Finally Karlo landed among us at Cedevita Olimpija. We are very happy He’s a player with a lot of potential, but at the same time he’s also a grateful and young player with a lot of youthful energy, which he will transmit to the whole team. with us and will help us to att achieve our goals. I’m really happy and can’t wait to get down to business and have him join us as he will definitely fit into our fast and energetic game system with lots of rebounds and contacts.
“I am very happy to be part of Cedevita Olimpija for the coming season. I am looking forward to arriving in Ljubljana, meeting my new team-mates, starting preparations and starting the new season. Even now, I invite fans to join us in our home games and support us,” said Karlo Matković when announcing that he will be part of Cedevita Olimpija in the new season.
Karlo Matković took his first professional basketball steps in the 2018/19 season in the jersey of former Zagreb Cedevita, and in April 2019 he also signed his first professional contract. In September 2019, after the creation of Cedevita Olimpija, he was loaned to OKK Beograd in Belgrade, where he spent a season and played in the Serbian national championship. Before the start of the 2020/21 season, he was then loaned out to Mega MIS, where he developed and played the last two seasons.
In the 2021/22 season, Matković played for Mega MIS in 25 regional league regular season matches. He averaged 21.4 minutes per game on the ground, scoring 11.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game, while also giving up 1.1 blocks per game. His stellar performances were also the reason he was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans as the 52nd-straight pick in the NBA Draft in June, and he also played for the Pelicans in the AHL. summer of the strongest basketball competition in the world this summer.
In 2017, Matković participated in the elite Jordan Brand Classic camp, and a year later he also participated in the European Basketball Without Borders camp in Belgrade.
After defending the colors of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the European Under-18 Championships in 2018, Matković expressed in November 2021 his desire to represent Croatia at international level in the member category. He made his debut for the Croatian men’s national team in the 2023 World Cup qualifier, and so far he has played for Croatia in two games, averaging 8.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
Elsewhere in the EuroCup squad, Lietkabelis added Croatian striker Zeljko Sakic and Turk Telekom picked product Xavier Tyrique Jones.
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