Pro basketball: London’s Dejan Kravic signs one-year contract with Basic-Fit Brussels

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London native Dejan Kravic will return to Europe to play hoops next year, this time in Belgium.

The Basic-Fit Brussels of the Basketball Champions League signed the power forward and centre to a one-year contract.

The team’s head coach said Kravic, 26, will be a great addition to the squad.

“He can be the anchor of our defence and control the paint,” said Laurent Monier.

“With our style of play, I think that he is a real plus. Offensively, I will allow him to play one on one against slower big men and be efficient in ball screen situations with our two point guards.”

The 6-foot-11 Kravic, represented by Slan Sports Management, is looking forward to his Belgian debut.

“I am excited and looking forward to playing for Brussels and helping them make a strong push in both the Belgian League and in Champions League or FIBA Europe Cup,” he said.

Last year the Bosnian-born Kravic put up an average of 9.4 points over 13 games with Greece’s A1 league, ranking fourth in the league for blocks. He was named player of the week after a blockbuster game with 20 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and an assist.

And before he heads to Europe, he will launch his Dejan Kravic Skills Academy in London at the end of July.

Kravic moved to London when he was four years old and picked up basketball around age nine. Before that, soccer was his childhood focus.

Kravic went to Westminster secondary school and played his university days at York University. He was picked up by Texas Tech University after two years at York to compete on the NCAA stage. He’s also played for the Serbian senior national team and spent time with a league in the Netherlands.

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