After signing a partially guaranteed contract with the Miami Heat this summer, Stefan Jankovic could potentially face a tough decision in his future – whether he will suit up for Serbia or Canada’s National Basketball team.
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Jankovic was born in Serbia but grew up in Mississauga, Ontario. The 6’11” forward went undrafted out of the University of Hawaii, but was still able to negotiate a deal with the Heat. He currently sits on the bubble of making the final roster as the heath of star forward Chris Bosh remains up in the air.
Jankovic was able to watch Serbia make their way to the Olympic Finals, where they fell short against the dominant American team.
“I want to play for them or Canada in the future,” Jankovic told Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “And watching them in the Olympics was huge. It’s a big thing going against the U.S. And the last couple of tournaments we were in the finals against them. It motivates you.”
Canada was unable to qualify, but remains hopeful for the future with a strong core of young NBA’ers focused on elevating Canada’s profile.
I’ve been in contact with both,” Jankovic said of the Serbian and Canadian programs. “Obviously there was some interest this summer, but due to summer league, for both Canada and for Serbia, I wasn’t able to do any of the training camps and tryout and the exhibition stuff. So that kind of limited what I was able to do. But in the future, I haven’t really made a decision, but I’ve been in contact with both.”