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Cedevita Zagreb
Nickname

Vitamini (The Vitamins)

Orange Crew
Leagues Croatian League
ABA League
EuroCup
Founded 1991
History KK Botinec
(1991–1994)
KK Hiron Botinec
(1994–2005)
KK Cedevita
(2005–present)
Arena Dom Sportova
(capacity: 3,500)
Dražen Petrović Basketball Hall
(capacity: 5,400)
Location Zagreb, Croatia
Team colors Orange, White, Black, Sky Blue
                   
President Mladen Veber
Team manager Mate Skelin
Head coach Jure Zdovc
Team captain Miro Bilan
Championships 4 National Championships
5 National Cups
Website kkcedevita.hr
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away


KK Cedevita is a Croatian professional basketball club from Zagreb that plays in the Croatian League, in the ABA League and in the Euroleague.

Club history

The club was established in Zagreb in 1991 as KK Botinec, later becoming KK Hiron Botinec for sponsorship reasons. From season to season, the club moved up from the lowest levels of competition until it reached the A-1 League in 2002. In its first season of elite competition, it took 5th place in Croatia, behind the well-known clubs KK Cibona, KK Zadar, KK Zagreb and KK Split. A big step was taken in 2005 when Atlantic Grupa, a strong regional company, became the main sponsor of the club, after which the club was renamed to KK Cedevita. The young and modern board of directors raised the ambitions of the club, which achieved great success first in the 09/10 Season when it finished at 3rd place in the Croatian league (in the semi-final playoffs Zadar-Cedevita 2–1), played the semi-finals of the Croatian Cup along with taking 7th place in the strong regional Adriatic League as newcomer. Super Season, with greatest success in Europe, is 10–11 with 3rd place in Eurocup in very first appearance in the competition of that level. Cedevita played Eurocup Final four after victorious trip near Dynamo Moscow, Aris, Azovmash, Hemofarm Stada, Gran Canaria and Asefa Estiudiantes in Zagreb and Azovmash, Hapoel Galil Gilboa, Unics, Gran Canaria, Estudiantes and Benetton on the road. After regular 1st place in the Croatian league, Cedevita won Cibona in semi-final playoffs but lost The Finals against Zagreb CO. Also, Cedevita again took 7th place in Adriatic league. First Thropies came in 11-12 season with Cup Dražen Petrović and Croatian National Cup Krešimir Ćosić, also with the finals of the ABA league. First Croatian Champions title Croatian league came in the 13-14 season, also with the second Cup Krešimir Ćosić title and the second finals in the ABA league. Cedevita took two U-18 and one U-16 Croatian Championships titles.

First Trophies (2011–2013)

Old logo of the club, used from 2005 to 2016

But one of the best Season, with greatest success is 11–12, with first ever Trophies for the team. After winning of the Cup Dražen Petrović (Croatian Supercup) against Zagreb, Cedevita took Croatian Cup Krešimir Ćosić for the first time in history, again against Zagreb in The Finals. After playing in Europe, beating French Champion Elan Chalon in qualifications, Cedevita finished competition in group, with strong Spartak St. Petersburg, Benetton Treviso and Bayern. But the real success was 2nd place in regular season of Adriatic league and crown came with great Finals in Tel Aviv, victory against Partizan in semi-finals and lose against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the finals. With that result, Cedevita had Euroleague place in her pocket. After regular 2nd place in the Croatian league, Cedevita won Split in semi-final playoffs but lost The Finals against Cibona.

Since 2005, the club has been led by great coaches such as the former coach of the Croatian National Team Srećko Medvedec, former Olympic Silver Medalist from Seoul and best scorer of the Euroleague Zdravko Radulović, former Yugoslavian National Team player Slobodan Subotić, former coach of Olympiacos and Panathinaikos and Aleksandar Petrović, National Team player and later Croatian National Team coach (brother of the famous Dražen Petrović) who became the best Eurocup coach in the 2010–11 season. Today, sitting on Cedevita’s bench is current National Team of Croatia coach Jasmin Repeša who came in 13-14 season and will lead the team in 14-15 season.

Before Repeša coach was in 12–13 four time European Champion with Jugoplastika Split, Limoges and Panathinaikos, great Božidar Maljković, successor of the former Croatian champion with Cibona and Belgian champion with Charleroi, Dražen Anzulović, who led Cedevita in season, 2011–12. Over the past few years, former Croatian and Bosnian National team members played for the team, including Slaven Rimac, Jurica Žuža, Damir Milačić, Krešimir Novosel, Mate Miliša, Milan Parezanović, Pero Dujmović, Stipe Modrić, Frano Čolak, alongside several excellent American players such as A. J. Guyton, Marlon Garnett, Adam Harrington, God Shammgod, Vonteego Cummings or Ramel Bradley.

The 2009–10 roster was strong with former Croatian National Team players Andrija Žižić, team captain Marino Baždarić and Damjan Rudež, B National Team player Tomislav Petrović, Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team players Bariša Krasić and Ivan Opačak, Canadian National Team playmaker Jermaine Anderson and Americans Ricardo Marsh and Thomas Mobley, as well as the U-20 Croatian National Team player Dino Butorac. In younger selections cadets became Champions of Croatia.

The 2010–11 roster was especially strong with Žižić, Baždarić, Rudež, Petrović, Butorac, and newcomers as former Croatian National Team players Vedran Vukušić and Vladimir Krstić, ex Cibona player Robert Troha and ex BIH National Team player Vedran Princ. Eurocup MVP was American Dontaye Draper, new Croatian National Team member, Eurocup the best second team member Bracey Wright and center Corsley Edwards. In younger selections juniors and cadets became vice Champions of Croatia.

Cedevita started 11–12 season's roster was especially strong with the best foreign player ever in Croatia, three times European Champion with CSKA and Bologna, Slovenian National Team player Matjaž Smodiš, fine Americans Chris Owens and Chris Warren, ex NBA and National Team player Dalibor Bagarić, new NT players Miro Bilan and Marko Car, along with Draper, Baždarić, Princ, Vukušić, Petrović, Opačak. In younger selections juniors became Champions and cadets vice Champions of Croatia.

12-13 season was marked by the arrival of the four times European Champion, coach Božidar Maljković for the first time ever participation of the club in the Euroleague. Three Croatian National Team members, Marko Tomas, Lukša Andrić and Luka Babić joined the club, as well as stars like Mickaël Gelabale or Vlado Ilievski. Cedevita achieved its first victories at the highest level in Europe, but without passing to the TOP 16. After Maljković left the club, Aleksandar Petrović became the new coach but he also left the club before the end of the season in the Adriatic League in which Cedevita won the 6th place, enough for the participation in the ULEB Eurocup next season. Before leaving, coach Petrović played the Cup finals, and interim coach Jakša Vulić reach the semifinals of the Croatian A-1 League play off. In younger selections juniors became vice Champions of Croatia and cadets, young cadets and U-12 team played in Final fours.

First Croatian Champions title (2013–2014)

13-14 season started with big change on the bench, with arrival of Jasmin Repeša, Croatian National Team coach who led Croatia to the semifinals of European Championships in Slovenia. Repeša had young but strong defence roster with one of the best young players in Europe, 19yo Jusuf Nurkić and 16yo Lovro Mazalin. With Bilan, Suton, Tomas, captain Baždarić and Babić from season before, team roster was stronger for occasional NT players Ante Delaš, Tomislav Zubčić and Ivan Ramljak and two strong Americans Nolan Smith and Allan Ray. BC Cedevita has won Cup Krešimir Ćosić, against BC Zagreb in the finals 86:68. In ULEB Eurocup passed by Elan Chalon, Charleroi and Oldenburg in the second stage, with Bilbao and Dynamo Sassari from group, and stayed in TOP32 level regardless victories in Zaragoza or Istanbul over Bešiktaš. The club lost two games against Lietuvos Rytas, 83:84 and 75:74. But the best came latter. In great Final four tournament of ABA league in Belgrade, Cedevita defeat Partizan in front of 15000 home supporters but lost in the finals from Cibona. This Finals is important because it ensured Euroleague ticket for 14-15 season. The best came in the end of the season, with the first Croatian Champions title and great 3-0 victory in the series against Cibona. In 13-14 season Cedevita has won the new title in junior competition and became U-18 Croatian Champions. In 14-15 season Cedevita became Croatian Champion again, with a win 3-1 in the playoffs finals vs Cibona, won Croatian Krešimir Ćosić Cup again and with a ABA league Finals ( 1-3 against Crvena Zvezda ) will play in Euroleague 15-16. U-16 team is Croatian Champion, U-18 team played in the Finals. Džanan Musa is MVP U-16 European Championships with gold for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Marko Arapović is a captain silver U-19 Croatian Team at World U-19 Championships with position in best 5 of tournament. New season 15-16 with new coach, Veljko Mršić and Gianmarco Pozzecco as assistant coach bring in some of the best seasons ever in 2015-2016. Championships title again also Croatian Krešimir Ćosić Cup with semifinals in ABA league and TOP 16 Euroleague. 2016-2017 again 4-th time champions with 5-th time Croatian Cup, finals of Adriatic ABA League with TOP16 Eurocup. Miro Bilan, Marko Arapović, Filip Krušlin and Luka Babić played at the Olympic Games in Rio and Džanan Musa became the best scorer of FIBA U17 World Championships with Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team. In 2017-2018 season the club will lead as coach Jure Zdovc and assistant Slaven Rimac.

BC Cedevita had success with the younger selections as well. About 700 boys are being coached in the basketball school, the youngest generation, with special competition for them, Cedevita´s little league. Six players won gold medals with U-16 Croatian National Team in European Championships 2010. and 2011. Two players and the coach won gold medals with U-18 Croatian National Team in European Championship 2012. Now, in every National Team level we can find several players from BC Cedevita.

Head sponsor

President of KK Cedevita is Mladen Veber, Senior Vice President of Atlantic Grupa (owned by CEO Emil Tedeschi), head sponsor of the club, largest producer of sports beverages and vitamin supplements in Europe with the leading brands of Multipower and Cedevita, among other, the largest distribution company in the region, who, with the purchase of Slovenian company Droga Kolinska, became the largest food & beverage company in the Southeastern Europe. The club management board consists of: vice president Davor Užbinec, Ivan Mišetić, Zoran Stanković and Roland Janković. General manager is Davor Užbinec, team manager is Mate Skelin, former Croatian National Team member and the sports director is Matej Mamić, former Croatian National Team member and captain of KK Cibona and Alba Berlin.[1]

Honours

Domestic competitions

Croatian League

Croatian Cup

  • Winners (5): 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Runners-up (1): 2013

Dražen Petrović Cup

  • Winners (2): 2011, 2015
  • Runners-up (2): 2013, 2014

European competitions

Eurocup

  • Final Four (1): 2011

Regional competitions

Adriatic League

Players

Club identity

After the company Cedevita changed its brand colours from red to orange in 2015,[2] the basketball club also re-branded and adopted orange as its main color for the 2016–17 season.

Current roster

KK Cedevita roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F 1 Croatia Bajo, Darko 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 18 – (1999-03-14)14 March 1999
SG 2 Croatia Krušlin, Filip 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 28 – (1989-03-18)18 March 1989
PG 6 Croatia Katić, Toni 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 25 – (1992-07-09)9 July 1992
SF 7 Croatia Ramljak, Ivan 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 27 – (1990-08-09)9 August 1990
C 11 Croatia Žganec, Karlo 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 22 – (1995-07-25)25 July 1995
SF 13 Bosnia and Herzegovina Musa, Džanan 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 18 – (1999-05-08)8 May 1999
PF 23 Croatia Buljević, Lovro 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 19 – (1998-08-12)12 August 1998
PG 32 Croatia Ukić, Roko 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 32 – (1984-12-05)5 December 1984
PF 35 Croatia Arapović, Marko 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 21 – (1996-07-20)20 July 1996
F United States Nichols, Demetris 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 32 – (1984-09-04)4 September 1984
PG United States Cherry, Will 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 26 – (1991-02-08)8 February 1991
C United States Johnson, Chris 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 32 – (1985-07-17)17 July 1985
SG United States Murphy, Kevin 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 27 – (1990-03-06)6 March 1990
C Bosnia and Herzegovina Stipanović, Andrija 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 117 kg (258 lb) 30 – (1986-12-18)18 December 1986
PG Croatia Jordano, Antonio 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 18 – (1999-02-25)25 February 1999
SG Croatia Perković, Toni 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 19 – (1998-04-10)10 April 1998
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Strength & conditioning coach(es)
  • Croatia Slaven Hlupić
Physiotherapist(s)
  • Croatia Slaven Durlen
  • Croatia Marko Bosak
Team manager

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured

Updated: 20 August 2017

Depth chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Chris Johnson Andrija Stipanović Karlo Žganec
PF Demetris Nichols Marko Arapović Darko Bajo Lovro Buljević
SF Kevin Murphy Filip Krušlin Ivan Ramljak
SG Džanan Musa Roko Ukić Toni Perković
PG Will Cherry Toni Katić Antonio Jordano

Retired numbers

Manager

General manager of the club from 2007.-2015. was Krešimir Novosel, former Croatian National Team member and son of the Hall of Fame member Mirko Novosel, now as director of Adriatic League replaced 2015. by Davor Užbinec, team manager is Mate Skelin, former Croatian National Team member, Scout and youth team manager is Marino Baždarić, former Croatian National Team member and Cedevita´s ex captain and the sports director is Matej Mamić, former Croatian National Team member and ex captain of KK Cibona and Alba Berlin. Media director is former sports journalist Igor Jagić. Marketing director is Arsen Šolić.

Season-by-season

Seasons Adriatic League Croatian League Cup Supercup European competitions Coach Roster
2009–10 7th place 3rd place Last 4 EuroChallenge
Group stage
Slobodan Subotić,
Aleksandar Petrović
Srđan Subotić, Nino Primorac, Bariša Krasić, Andrija Žižić, Damjan Rudež, Tomislav Petrović, Hrvoje Kovačević, Jermaine Anderson, Ricardo Marsh, Franko Kaštropil, Ivan Opačak, Dino Butorac, Marino Baždarić, Thomas Mobley, Vladimir Kuljanin
2010–11 7th place Finalist Last 4 Eurocup
3rd place
Aleksandar Petrović Dontaye Draper, Vladimir Krstić, Robert Troha, Andrija Žižić, Damjan Rudež, Tomislav Petrović, Hrvoje Kovačević, Corsley Edwards, Vedran Vukušić, Franko Kaštropil, Vedran Princ, Dino Butorac, Marino Baždarić, Aaron Pettway, Trent Plaisted, Bracey Wright
2011–12 Finalist Finalist Champion Champion Eurocup
Regular season
Dražen Anzulović Dontaye Draper, Matjaž Smodiš, Marko Car, Filip Kraljević, Chris Warren, Tomislav Petrović, Ivan Opačak, Miro Bilan, Vedran Vukušić, Dalibor Bagarić, Vedran Princ, Chris Owens, Marino Baždarić, Martin Junaković, Jakov Mustapić, Karlo Lebo
2012–13 6th place 3rd place Finalist Finalist Euroleague
Regular season
Božidar Maljković,
Aleksandar Petrović,
Jakša Vulić
Marques Green, Bracey Wright, Marko Car, Mickaël Gelabale, Curtis Stinson, Derwin Kitchen, Vlado Ilievski, Miro Bilan, Lukša Andrić, Predrag Šuput, Ante Mašić, Goran Suton, Marino Baždarić, Marko Tomas, Roko Rogić, Karlo Lebo, Luka Babić, Jusuf Nurkić, Ivan Buva
2013–14 Finalist Champion Champion Finalist Eurocup
Last 32
Jasmin Repeša Miro Bilan, Goran Suton, Marino Baždarić, Marko Tomas, Karlo Lebo, Luka Babić, Jusuf Nurkić, Ivan Ramljak, Lovro Mazalin, Tomislav Zubčić, Ante Delaš, Nolan Smith, Ivo Baltić, Josh Selby, Allan Ray, Filip Bundović, Dorian Jelenek, Jakov Mustapić
2014–15 Finalist Champion Champion Champion Euroleague
Regular season Eurocup 1/8 Finals
Jasmin Repeša Miro Bilan, Mario Delaš, Roko Ukić, Marko Tomas, Nemanja Gordić, Luka Babić, Marko Arapović, Ivan Ramljak, Lovro Mazalin, Tomislav Zubčić, Ante Delaš, Karlo Žganec, Fran Pilepić, Ivan Vučić, Markus Lončar, Stanko Barać
2015–16 Semifinalist Champion Champion Euroleague
Top 16
Veljko Mršić Miro Bilan, Jacob Pullen, Nemanja Gordić, Luka Babić, Marko Arapović, Henry Walker, Lovro Mazalin, Tomislav Zubčić, Karlo Žganec, Fran Pilepić, James White, Luka Žorić, Toni Katić, Džanan Musa
2016–17 Finalist Champion Champion EuroCup
Top 16
Veljko Mršić Miro Bilan, Luka Babić, Marko Arapović, Karlo Žganec, Toni Katić, Džanan Musa, Marko Tomas, Ra'Shad James, Markus Lončar, Scotty Hopson, Karlo Mikšić, Luka Barišić, Filip Krušlin, Ivan Vučić, Mirza Begić, Ivan Zebić, Darko Bajo, Toni Perković, Antonio Jordano, Roko Rogić, Lovro Buljević, Filip Bundović, Marko Ramljak, John Shurna, Ryan Boatright, David Stockton, Duje Dukan, Pierre Jackson

Notable players

Head coaches

References

External links