Dino Radoncic, the youngest Montenegrin basketball player, in an interview for the official FIBA League of Champions website, said that it was "a special feeling" being able to celebrate the placement in the World Cup.
"It was the most beautiful and happiest in my career. Latvia is a big team, and they arrived in Podgorica with five players from the Euro league. I think we did an extraordinary job by preventing them to win with more than eight points. It was a tough game, we went through difficult moments, but in the end – the placement to the World Cup is to be remembered," said Radoncic.
Although he is only 20, the player of Real, on loan to Murcia, is already a member of the Montenegrin selection for two and a half years.
He debuted on August 31st, 2016, against Slovakia in the qualifications for the EuroBasket. He was also a member of the national team at the European Championship 2017.
"It was an incredible experience to play against Spain. A special memory for me will remain that I played against Pau Gasol. At the end of the match, I even wanted to ask him for an autograph, but we lost with 39 points of difference, so it was not the best moment," he said.
He reiterated that the selection of the national team for which he would play was easy. He could play for Germany, where he was born, Spain, where he spent almost his entire career, or Serbia, the country his mother is from.
"The choice was easy. Montenegro is the land of my family, it's my blood, my roots. I liked the fact that Montenegro was ready to include such a young man in the project," said Radoncic.
In the future, he wants to participate even more in the achievements of the Montenegrin team.
"It's an honor to be able to contribute to the fact that Montenegro is going to the World Cup. It is a big deal. As for me personally, I always want more and I'm sure that in the coming period I will be much more useful to the national team," said the basketball player of Murcia.
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Text by Vijesti sport, on March 6th 2019, read more at Vijesti