U18 Mega Leks Belgrade suffered a big blow ahead of its debut at the Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT Finals, losing former ANGT champion, guard Aleksandar Aranitovic for the rest of the season. Aranitovic (1.94 meters, 18 years old), who was the MVP of the Euroleague Basketball ANGT Qualifying Tournament - Torneo Citta di Roma in December, torn knee ligaments during an Adriatic League clash, playing for Mega Leks against Cedevita Zagreb last weekend. An MRI confirmed knee ligament injury that will sideline the young star for the remainder of this season.
For Aranitovic this was his third and final year playing ANGT tournaments, and he starred at ANGT Rome for U18 Mega Leks averaging 19.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.5 steals. In the title game and 71-73 win against the host team, U18 Stellazzurra Basketball, he collected 28 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Aranitovic has previously won the ANGT title with U18 Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade in 2014 in Milan and he scored 26 points in the ANGT title game last season in Madrid which U18 Zvezda lost against U18 Real Madrid. In 22 career ANGT games, Aranitovic has an average of 12.5 points, 4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.2 steals.
This season Aranitovic has been playing for Mega Leks on-loan from Crvena Zvezda. In 19 games in Adriatic League action, the 18-year old has posted 5.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists.