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Besiktas adds Drobnjak from Akasvayu
Dec 22, 2007
by Gökhan Türe, Istanbul
Undefeated Group B leader Besiktas ColaTurka has made a major addition looking ahead to the ULEB Cup elimination rounds by signing center Predrag Drobnjak for the reminder of the season. Drobnjak (213, 32) arrives from Akasvayu Girona, where he took part in six ULEB Cup contests this season. Accordingly, Drobnjak will not be able to suit of for his new club in the ULEB Cup until the start of the elimination rounds. The experienced big man boasts a rich basketball career that has seen him play for some of the top teams in Europe and overseas. He began his career with Partizan and then spent three seasons in Turkey with Efes Pilsen before moving to the NBA. In America, Drobnjak played for Seattle, the Los Angeles Clippers and Atlanta. He returned to Europe to play for Tau Ceramica in 2006 and returned to his boyhood club Partizan last season, where he averaged 15.7 points and 6.5 rebounds in 20 Euroleague games, helping the club to the Top 16. Drobnjak signed for Akasvayu at the beginning of the season, but came from bench in all his games, averaging 5.3 points and 2.2 rebounds in 12:48 minutes per game, numbers that left both sides dissatisfied. Among his career highlights are winning the gold medals at the 2001 and 2003 world championships with the Yugoslavian national team, reaching the 2006 Euroleague Final Four with Tau and winning both the Adriatic League and Serbian championship last season with Partizan.