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  Nikola Knezevic
Nikola Knezevic

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Belgrade, Serbia

High School:
Fifth Economy School

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 190

Position:
Guard

Experience:
3V

As a Senior in 2009-10: Stepped up with strong guard play when Jorge Gutierrez was out of the lineup with a knee injury ... drilled two three-pointers at New Mexico ... came off the bench and delivered stifling defense against USC, holding its leading scorer, Dwight Lewis, scoreless for the final six and a half minutes to help Cal to the win ... scored a season-high 7 points vs. Oregon in the Pac-10 Tournament.

As a Junior in 2008-09: Knezevic came off the bench to score a season-high eight points at UCLA ... drilled two three-pointers in four minutes of work at Arizona ... had one of his best games of the season against North Carolina A&T, finishing with five points and two steals ... collected a season-best three assists and two rebounds against Dartmouth ... amassed 14 assists during the season ... participated in 22 games ... was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic second team.

As a Sophomore in 2007-08: Knezevic returned to the court following a medical redshirt season to play in all 33 games, starting 16 times ... started the first three games of the year at point guard before coming off the bench for the first time at Nevada on Nov. 28 ... returned to the opening lineup two games later vs. Jackson State ... set a career best with eight points and added five assists vs. Nicholls State on Nov. 19 ... also had five assists against Southern Miss and dished out a personal-high six assists at Kansas State ... played well in the second half against Missouri on Dec. 1, holding Matt Lawrence to just two free throws after he scored 15 first-half points ... in Pac-10 games, had four assists in back-to-back games vs. the Arizona schools at home ... tossed in seven points at USC March 6 ... finished with 68 assists against just 40 turnovers.

As a Freshman in 2005-06: Joined the team from Belgrade after the end of the fall 2005 semester, gaining eligibility for Cal's Dec. 21 game vs. DePaul (DNP) ... served as the Bears' primary backup at point guard ... appeared in all but one Pac-10 game (at Oregon State) ... saw his first significant action vs. Oregon on Jan. 5 when he scored four points in 17 minutes ... dished out three assists in a home win over Stanford and came through in the Bears' next game vs. Arizona with four assists in six minutes of action ... played well the final weekend of the regular season, finishing with five points and two assists vs. UCLA and three points and four assists (no turnovers) against USC ... injured his right knee in a summer workout after the season and had surgery to repair loose cartilage June 26, 2006.

High School: Rated the No. 3 point guard and No. 17 overall player at the adidas Superstar Camp in the summer of 2005 ... played for the Serbia-Montenegro Junior National team at the Under-18 European Championships in 2004 ... as a member of his Beovuk '72 club team, helped the squad to a pair of Serbian titles and two Serbia-Montenegro championships.

Personal: Nikola Knezevic ... pronounced NEE-koh-lah kuh-NEH-zhuh-vich ... born Feb. 16, 1986, in Belgrade, Serbia ... parents are Slobodan and Tatjana Knezevic ... has a younger brother, Stefan ... interdisciplinary studies major.

Career Highs
Points: 8 many times, last at UCLA, Jan. 29, 2009
Rebounds: 4 many times, last at Oregon, Jan. 10, 2008
Assists: 6 twice, last vs. Long Beach State, Dec. 28, 2007
Blocks: 1 twice, last vs. Oregon, March. 11, 2010
Steals: 3 vs. Missouri, Dec. 1, 2007

Career Statistics

Year G-Gs Min Fg-Fga Pct 3p-3pa Pct Ft-Fta Pct Reb Avg Pf-D Ast To Blk St Tp Avg
2006 21-0 152 5-22 .227 2-11 .182 8-14 .571 8 0.4 18-0 15 17 1 8 20 1.0
2007 INJ (knee)
2008 33-16 633 28-89 .315 11-55 .200 19-30 .633 40 1.2 53-0 68 40 0 19 86 2.6
2009 22-0 140 7-16 .438 3-8 .375 11-17 .647 9 0.4 18-0 14 11 1 5 28 1.3
2010 29-0 247 19-51 .373 6-24 .250 18-23 .783 10 0.3 16-0 12 19 1 13 62 2.1
Total 105-16 1172 59-178 .331 22-98 .224 56-84 .667 67 0.6 105-0 109 87 3 45 196 1.9

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