It may not be the biggest news in the European Basketball scene, but we try to cover also the lower level leagues or National teams here at Ball in Europe. And the reason why we speak about the Austrian National Team is the name of their new head coach.
No it is neither David Blatt nor Ettore Messina. But with the signing of Neno Asceric as head coach, the Austrian basketball federation has attached a big name of their basketball scene to the Division B from the middle of Europe.
Asceric, who left his home country of Serbia already in 1991, won several titles in Austria were he became the league’s top scorer and earned a lot of respect because of his fighting spirit. With the European borders opening after the Bosman rules, Asceric left for France where he played during 7 seasons with Paris, Le Mans or Hyères-Toulon. The Austro-Serbian fighter was highly appreciated in every team he passed and so it was not the biggest step for him to start his coaching career.
After a short stint in the French ProA at Bourg-en-Bresse, Asceric is since 2007 head coach of Saint-Quentin in the ProB. Today now has been announced that Asceric will take over the Austrian National Team from Hubert Schreiner and will try to lead the team in the B Division this fall against Denmark, the Netherlands, Montenegro and Iceland. Good luck to him.