Dejan Kravic Signs First Contract In Greece|
Dejan Kravic rejects Texas forward Connor Lammert in the 2013-14 regular season finale.
July 21, 2014
TORONTO, Ontario - Former Texas Tech center Dejan Kravic has signed to play professionally overseas, after inking a deal with OEM Rethymno Aegean of the Greek ΕΣΑΚΕ League for the 2014-15 season.
The Greek ΕΣΑΚΕ League, or also known as the Greek Basketball League (GBL) is a first tier professional basketball league in Greece. It is ranked as one of the Top 3 national domestic leagues in Europe, behind the Spanish ABC and the Slavic league VTB United League, which consists of teams from the former Soviet nations.
Kravic's new team, the Rethymno Aegean, is more commonly known as Rethymno B.C.. The team finished ninth in the 14-team GBL last season and fourth in the league standings in 2013. Rethymno B.C.'s most notable former player is former Texas Longhorn Reggie Freeman, who played 13 seasons of professional basketball and retired in 2009. The GBL only featured six players seven-foot or taller last season.
Kravic is currently in camp with the Serbian National Team in Belgrade. Kravic, who holds dual citizenship with both Canada and Serbia, survived the first round of cuts to be selected to the 29-man preliminary roster in preparation for the 2014 FIBA World Cup Championship. Serbia opens group play on Aug. 31 against Egypt.
Kravic spent three seasons in Lubbock after redshirting his first year following his transfer from York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For his career in Lubbock, Kravic averaged 8.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 assists in 21.3 minutes per game.
Kravic will leave his mark at Texas Tech, as the native of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked eighth in career field goal percentage (51.1 percent) for the Red Raiders. He is also ranked in several blocks categories, including career blocks per game (1.30 bpg / fifth), total blocks (82 blocks / ninth), single-season blocks (41 / ninth), single-season blocks per game (1.32 / ninth) and single-game blocks (5 / 11th).
An academic star, Kravic excelled in the classroom and was twice named to the Academic All-Big 12 squad. He was also named by the Big 12 Conference as a recipient of the fourth annual Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award - the Conference's highest of academic honors, as well as being selected to the 2013 NABC Honors Court.
Kravic graduated from Texas Tech with his bachelor's degree in 2013 and added a master's degree in 2014.
A native of the former Mostar, Serbia, Kravic spent the first four years of his life in one of Europe's oldest cities. During the civil unrest in the region, Kravic and his family moved to London, Ontario.
Kravic, who was six-foot tall in the ninth grade, became a star student-athlete at Westminster Secondary School and then York University.