Venezuela is well-known worldwide for its controversial president Hugo Chavez and for its successes in beauty pageants (5 Miss World & 6 Miss Universe). But in serbian youth basketball world, Venezuela is known to be the country of Stefan Peno's mother, Sadna. You probably never heard about Stefan Peno ('97), so let's me introduce him to you.
In the early nineties, his father Zoran, a professional basketball player (he played for OKK Belgrade from 1980 to 1990) left war-torn Yugoslavia to play for Caracas based team Panteras de Miranda. During the season 1993/1994, Zoran suffered a career ending knee injury while playing for San Juan team, Llaneros de Guarico. But as you know, every cloud has a silver lining and during his venezuelan years, Zoran met his wife Sadna and came back in Serbia with her to start a new career as basketball coach.
The 3rd August 1997 in Belgrade, Sadna gave birth to a baby boy, Stefan. Fourteen years later, Stefan, who is now 190cm tall, is one of the most promising serbian youth player. Last year, he was elected MVP of serbian regional select teams tournament (organized by Serbian Basketball Federation and regrouping all the best players born in 1997). This season, Stefan Peno played in Belgrade region U14 2nd division championship (at the start of the season, his team Beokos lost to Partizan Belgrade in qualification game for Belgrade U14 1st division league but he was clearly the best player on the court). He was also Beokos U16 team leader (a team coached by his dad Zoran) averaging almost 30 points per game and even got minutes in U18 team too.