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Petrovic ready to shine in Bologna
23-04-2015
By Francesco Cavalli

When he first came to Bologna in October, Serbian forward Danilo Petrovic (‘99) was not a common name to heard about when talking about European prospects. Coming from Red Star Belgrade and not able to suit up for Virtus Bologna until December because of administrative issues, he basically had his debut at the ANGT in Rome.

With Bologna getting into the tournament shortened by a lot of injuries (including the one to ’98 wing Tommaso Oxilia), the less than 16-year old Petrovic had his chance to step up as the team’s go to guy, showing impressive maturity on the court and feel for the game and building a name for himself with a breakout tournament; in Rome the 6’7” forward averaged 17 pts and 5 rbs per game, shooting 71% on twos and 44% on threes, while playing both forward positons on the court.
Petrovic got hurt on January the 4th with a malleolus fracture, and hasn’t played since then; but he’ll be back in a few days to help his team in the most important part of the season and to confirm on the court the impressive showing he had in Rome in December.

We had a brief talk with Danilo.

When did you start to play basketball and where did you play before coming to Bologna?

I’m Serbian from Vrsac. I started to play basketball when I was 6-year old in a small team: I already was taller than average, so my father told me I should have start to play. Over the years I played in Hemofarm and then two years ago I went in Belgrade to play for Red Star.

How was the experience to play at the ANGT?
As a team we went to the ANGT in Rome with lot of injuries, we were missing five of our best players. To me it was a great experience, I played against guys who were two years older than me and as a team we played against top European teams like Unicaja Malaga, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Olimpia Milano.

Tell us about the adjustments you had to face on and off the court in Italy.
The basketball we play here is really different to the one I used to play in Serbia: in Italy the game is faster and there’s more transition play, while in Serbia is slower and more static. The first two months in Bologna were really hard because I was in a completely different place and didn’t know the language, but things quickly got better and now I’m really good here: Virtus is a great team, one of the best in Italy, and there are great organization, great structures and great coaches.

Why did you take the decision to leave Serbia?
In my opinion if you want to play at the top level you have to leave and face new experiences. I’ve thought I was ready for this, playing in a totally different context.

Which are your goals as a player? Let’s tell us three things you think you have to work on.
I have big dreams, but I don’t want to unveil them! I can just keep working every day to make them happen. As a player I think I have to work on my lateral quickness, I have to improve my frame and also need to further improve my shot, which is good but not as much as I want!


Photo:
Federico Rossini
 

 
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