DOB: 13 December 1966
Place of birth: Maribor (SLO)
Position: Point Guard
Basketball is a cruel sport. Last year in Poland, the destiny of Jurij Zdovc could have been heroic. When he was chosen in December 2008 to lead the national team as a coach, a great hope rose in the country. Expectations were high to see this selection with great talent finally reaching the semi-finals, after two consecutive losses in quarter finals in 2005 and 2007. But, Slovenia lost in overtime against Serbia in the semi-final and once again in the bronze medal game by a very thin margin against Greece. Almost a miracle.
The disappointment must have been great for Zdovc because after that, he decided this season to concentrate only on his club, Olimpija Ljubljana. Zdovc is not used to failure. He was one the best European point guards of his generation. Jurij has won almost every competition in international basketball with the great team of Yougoslavia. This included silver at the 1988 Olympics Games, gold at the 1990 world championship, and back-to-back Eurobasket titles in 1989 and 1991. With his club teams, his greatest accomplishment was the 1993 Euroleague title with the Cinderella of the competition - French team Limoges.
His shooting excellence, tremendous defensive abilities and his control of the pace of the game was a perfect fit for coach Bozidar Maljkovic’s philosophy. In the French league, he still owns a record for the most three pointers in a game without a single miss (8-8, on October 20th 1992 against Le Mans). The qualities that made him a great leader on the floor when he was a player are driving him today towards coaching greatness.