Junior of Mega Bemax Luka Paunovic recently turned 18 and today he signed his first professional contract with the club. Paunovic played for Mega’s juniors last season, and he will spend the first year of his contract on loan at OKK Beograd, for which he will play in the Serbian Basketball League.
After signing a multi-year contract with the club, Luka Paunovic pointed out that he was extremely proud to have signed a contract with the club where he grew up:
– I am extremely happy and proud to sign my first professional contract with a club like Mega. For the past 4 years in the club where I literally grew up, I had the opportunity to see the excellent conditions for the progress of young players, which resulted in fantastic results in the youth categories, and what can be seen by the players who came out of the youth team club in previous years,
said the young player of Mega and continued:
– All that is an additional motivation for me, and at the same time an obligation to continue to do my best, both in practices and in matches, in order to justify the expectations of the club’s management and deserve a place in the first team. Mega is the best environment for the development of young players, to show their talent, and I hope that with a lot of effort in practices and matches, I will be able to use it. Thanks to the club for showing that they believe in me, I will do my best to repay it,
Luka Paunovic was born on August 7, 2002. in Belgrade, he is 195 centimeters tall and plays as a Guard. He came to Mega during the summer of 2016 and in these four seasons he played for all the youth selections of the club, starting with the pioneers. In 2017, he was the champion of Serbia (MVP of the final tournament) with the pioneers and the winner of the Mini Cup, and he also won the title with the Mega’s cadets in 2018. He was second with the juniors at the Final Tournament of the Junior Euroleague in Vitoria last year.
At the qualifying tournament of the Junior Euroleague, which was held in February, he was chosen in the all-tournament team, as he averaged 17.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists with an average PIR of 24.8. In the Roda Junior League of Serbia, where Mega’s juniors were first in the moment of cancellation, he averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game. At the semifinal ABA junior tournament in Belgrade, which Mega won without defeat, he averaged 11.6 points and 4 rebounds.
In 2018, Paunovic also played for the U16 Serbia at the European Championship for players under 16 in Novi Sad, where he averaged 6.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
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