The Townsville Crocodiles have announced two more signings to their 2013/14 roster.
Steven Markovic and Mirko Djeric have agreed to terms with the Townsville Crocodiles and will play in the green singlet this season.
Both players are of Serbian descent but have represented Australia during their careers.
Markovic who is 28 years of age played for Australia at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, while 18 year old Djeric won a silver medal representing the Aussies in last year’s FIBA Under 17 World Championships and is currently in Lithuania with the Australian Emu’s under 19 team.
Markovic played for the West Sydney Razorbacks from 2003 to 2005 where he won the NBL’s Rookie of the Year award in 2003/04. He then moved to Serbia playing 3 seasons with Crvena zvezda, before heading to Italy for a one year stint with Italian SerieA team, Benetton Treviso. He missed the 2009-10 season due to injury but later returned to Serbia with his most recent club, division one team Radnicki Kragujevac.
Djeric’s limited stint in the NBL saw him play 8 games with the Wollongong Hawks last season averaging 3.1 points in 10 mins.
General Manager Pat Reidy was ecstatic about signing the two players.
“Both of these guys are tough players”, he said. “Stevie (Markovich) has spent a few years in Europe in very good leagues. You can’t do anything but toughen up in that sort of competition. He is returning to Australia with more skills and top level experience, and with renewed determination to represent his country at the highest level. This determination can only benefit the Crocs as a result.”
He continued: “Mirko is only young but like Mitch Norton and (going back in time) Brad Davidson, he will annoy the hell out of opponents as he won’t back down. Mirko will be a great player to develop in a backup role and will really push our starting group at practice.”
Speaking of Mitch Norton, the nineteen year old Townsville native will take to the air tomorrow to join the Australian Boomers squad for the first time at the June training camp ahead of the Sino-Australia Challenge in Perth.
The Sino-Australia Challenge tips-off at Perth Arena on Friday 7 June, and all eyes are on Norton who will hopefully make the team and extend his time in the west representing his country.