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Miroslav Pecarski (Serbian Cyrillic: Мирослав Пецарски; born March 21, 1967) is a Serbian former basketball player. He played professionally for Partizan, Aris, Panathinaikos, Panionios, Pallacanestro Cantù, Cholet and Cabitel Gijón.

Miroslav Pecarski
Personal information
Born (1967-03-21) March 21, 1967 (age 52)
Kikinda, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian / Greek
Listed height2.11 m (6 ft 11 in)
Listed weight116 kg (256 lb)
Career information
CollegeMarist (1984–1987; 1988–1989)
NBA draft1989 / Undrafted
Playing career1989–2000
PositionPower forward
Number11, 14
Career history
1987–1988Partizan
1989–1991Partizan
1991–1994Aris
1994–1996Panathinaikos
1996–1997Panionios
1997–1998Polti Cantù
1999Cholet
1999–2000Gijón
Career highlights and awards

Early career and collegeEdit

Pecarski played college basketball at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, arriving there in 1984 under also newly arrived head coach Matt Furjanic. Considered by some to be Europe's top seventeen-year-old player, Pecarski got injured in the preseason thus opening up an opportunity at center for another newly acquired European prospect — eighteen-year-old Rik Smits.[1]

The Red Foxes had a successful 1985–86 season, making the 64-team NCAA tournament for the first time in team's history. However, they went out at the very first hurdle, losing versus Georgia Tech in the first round of the Southeast regional bracket. Pecarski averaged 10.5 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game over the entire season.[2]

The following season, playing under new head coach Dave Magarity, Pecarski improved his scoring average to 12.4 points per game and led the team in rebounds with 8.4 boards per game, as the Red Foxes repeated the feat of making the NCAA tournament, but were again eliminated in the first round — this time by Pittsburgh.[3]

Pecarski didn't play for the Red Foxes in the 1987–88 season, in order to train with Yugoslavia for the 1988 Olympics.[4][5]

He returned to Marist for the 1988–89 season and averaged 19.5 points per game, 9.1 rebounds per game and 1.1 blocks per game, leading the school in all three categories.[6]

Professional careerEdit

As a member of Partizan, Pecarski played at the 1988 FIBA European Champions Cup Final Four (1988 EuroLeague Final Four) in Ghent. He also won the FIBA Korać Cup in 1989, and the Yugoslav Cup in 1989.

Pecarski obtained a Greek passport in order to obtain playing eligibility as a native in Greece. He won the Greek Cup in 1992, and the FIBA European Cup (FIBA Saporta Cup) in 1993, with Sato Aris. With Panathinaikos, Pecarski won the FIBA European League (EuroLeague) and the Greek Cup in 1996. He also played at the 1995 FIBA European League Final Four (1995 EuroLeague Final Four), in Zaragoza.

Personal lifeEdit

In addition to his native Serbia, Pecarski also holds Greek citizenship — obtained for practical reasons of playing without EU administrative restrictions while in the country between 1991 and 1997. All throughout his Greek stint, Pecarski competed under the name Miroslav Mylonas (Greek: Μίροσλαβ Μυλωνάς).[7]

His son Marko is also a basketball player.

Pecarski and Slaviša Koprivica played together on the Yugoslavia national under-19 basketball team, winning gold at the 1987 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. Thirty years later, their sons Marko Pecarski and Balša Koprivica, respectively, played together on the Serbia national under-18 basketball team,[8] winning gold at the 2017 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rik Smits: All-Star Athlete". allcoachnetwork.com. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  2. ^ "Final 1986 Division I Men's basketball statistics report Marist" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  3. ^ "Final 1987 Division I Men's basketball statistics report Marist" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  4. ^ White, Gordon; McGill Thomas Jr., Robert (January 30, 1989). "Sports World Specials; Hidden Talent". NY Times. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  5. ^ ACB.com "Miroslav Pecarski" Check |url= value (help) (in Spanish). ACB. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "Final 1989 Division I Men's basketball statistics report Marist" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  7. ^ Οι ξένοι που έγιναν Έλληνες και τα ονόματά τους. (in Greek). Contra.gr. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  8. ^ "Koprivica-Pecarski, 30 godina kasnije" (in Serbian). kosmagazin.com. Retrieved August 12, 2015.

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