Lietuvos Rytas have announced another signing, as the 21-year-old Serbian guard Nemanja Nedovic will be joining the Lithuanian club after spending the last seven years with Crvena Zvezda.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I believe there won’t be any regrets in the future,” the player said in an interview with lrytas.lt.
The combo guard has been linked to Vilnius for quite some time already. During the previous season, the player was minutes from joining Lietuvos Rytas, when a three-team deal, also including Crvena Zvezda and Olympiacos, didn’t go through.
“I played both as a point guard and a shooting guard last year. It’s not an easy task, but with time I think I’m becoming more versatile player,” explained Nedovic, who has already worked with the current coach of Lietuvos Rytas Aleksandar Dzikic in the Serbian U20 team last year.
The player had an impressive tournament personally, collecting 19.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, but Serbia didn’t do too well, ending up fighting for relegation.
This year, Nedovic has hopes of making a debut for the Serbian senior side, which will play in EuroBasket 2013 qualification this summer.
“I’m currently in the 24-player list. On June 28, the coach will announce the 18-man shortlist, which will be invited to the first training camp. It would be a big achievement for me, if I made it,” said the young prospect.
How much did the fact that Aleksandar Dzikic is the coach of the team influence your decision?
It was one of the reasons, why I chose Lietuvos Rytas. We worked really well together last year in the Serbian youth team. It’s also very important that Lietuvos Rytas will play in Euroleague. I want to try myself in Europe’s strongest league. It wasn’t easy to leave Crvena Zvezda, since I had played there for my whole career.
What do you know about Lithuanian basketball?
I know that Lithuanians live for basketball. It’s a basketball country with strong teams, especially Zalgiris and Lietuvos Rytas. They are Euroleague clubs with great organization and strong players.
Do you know any players currently on the team?
Predrag Samardziski and Aleksandar Rasic, who will not be on the team next year. I also know a couple of young players – Dovydas Redikas and Paulius Dambrauskas.
You’re being regarded as one of the most talented Serbian players, do you have NBA aspirations?
Of course. I could have participated in the NBA draft this year, but we decided that it would be best to wait a little more. Playing in the NBA is my biggest dream and I’m doing my best to make it true.
What’s the best part about your game? What do you still need to work on?
I think that I’m strong offensively. I’ve been working on my defense throughout the previous season. I also need to improve my shot.
What do you expect from Lietuvos Rytas?
It’s too early to talk about that. We’ll see what team we have in the end of the summer. My role will depend on the coach and what he think is best for me. I’ll do my best to help Lietuvos Rytas achieve good results. I’m hoping we have a good season in Euroleague and the goals in the Lithuanian championship will be high as always. There will be a lot of games, it will be hard, but that’s our job.
Will you be coming to Vilnius alone?
I still don’t know whether I will be coming with my girlfriend or my parents, but I will definitely not be alone. I’ll also bring my dog.