We are proudly welcoming in our family one of the best small forwards in Europe, Vlado Jankovic!
Vlado, 25 is a Serbian-born Greek professional basketball player of the 6 times European Champions, Panathinaikos B.C.
He is 2.02 m (6 ft 7 ½ in) tall, and weighs 99.6 kg (220 lbs). He plays at the small forward position, but he can also play as a shooting guard and a power forward. He is the son of the former Serbian professional basketball player, Boban Janković.
During his second season at the club, he switched his jersey number from 16 to 8.
Greek national team
Vlado won the gold medal at the 2008 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, while playing with the junior Greek national basketball team. He also won the silver medal at the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship and the gold medal at the 2009 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. On top of that he got he silver medal at the 2010 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship with Greece’s junior national team.
Championsid.com Interview with Vlado Jankovic.
CID: “Hi Vlado and welcome to the family of championsid.com!! We are honoured to have you onboard and the scope of this interview is a bit different from the usual ones. We want with your help and experience to inspire young athletes that dream about a career similar to yours, learning from you valuable tips but also to let them know how they can use our network to benefit and get visible.”
VJ: “Thank you for having me and I want to congratulate you for your amazing effort and the great innovation you are offering to the sports world. I have seen your activity through social media, trying to introduce to the world young athletes and I really loved this effort, wanting myself to be part of it!”
CID: “Honoured for this Vlado! When did u start playing basketball and what was your relation with sports in general at a young age?”
VJ: “I started quite late for the basketball standards. I was 13 years old, having tried previously many different sports but without getting any serious excitement out of them. I played water polo but I got my self almost drowned in the pool! so I figured out it wasnt for me! I also tried football but again with no success. Basketball was something that was feeling the right thing for me from the beginning.”
CID: “Who was the 1st person in your life that told you that you can really play professionally basketball and actually on a top level?”
VJ: “It was my coach in the U16 team of Panionios who saw this and made me believe it also. I was 16 years old when I felt this.”
CID: “Which one is the most important element for a basketball player, beyond the physical and body attributes, that makes him stand out and have good chances to make it to the pros?”
VJ: “I believe that in any sport and for sure in Basketball that I know better, an athlete needs to work like crazy to perfect his strong skills and to try to hide and improve his weaker attributes. You need to be humble, work hard and the right psychology is probably one of the most important elements. If I wanted to give percentages behing each factor, I would say Psychology 30%, Hard Work 50% and everything else 20%.”
CID: “At what age did you start looking for a manager and how much he helped you with your career so far? How important is for a player?
VJ: “I found a manager at the age of 16 but I believe that my approach back then was not the right one. A manager will help you, will work for you but he is not magician. You can’t expect miracles from him. He is a working partner I would say and he will serve your interests as such. I have the manager that I work with now, for the last 4 years and I am very satisfied with this partnership.”
CID: “Is NBA in your mind for the future? If we told you to choose a career in the most athletic championship in the world (NBA) or a long career on a top level in the Euroleague and be among the greatest like your teammate Dimitris Diamantidis, what would you choose?”
VJ: “Euroleague is a super competitive championship and the level and quality of players and teams is world class! Being recognized and standing out with your performance for many years at this level for me is the ultimate challenge. Panathinaikos is everything for me now, I want to become GREAT at this level and I can’t say that I have currently the NBA in my mind at all!”
CID: “Which one you believe that is the most demanding/ tougher training part for a basketball player? Tactics, Conditioning, Basketball drills? any other?”
VJ: “The most demanding one for me is anything that has to do with 1 to 1 training with the coaches. No matter if this is a training on strength, agility or anything else. The important thing is to be improved day by day, to always feel that you are chasing someone, trying to become better than someone that you will play against the next day. The more you do this, the better the chances to become great at what you do!”
CID: “What was the experience you had joining our network: www.championsid.com?”
VJ: “As I told you before, its something that caught my eye and wanted to learn more about. I find this whole thing really unique and innovative and I love that you guys are offering a tool to young athletes and people that are not so recognizable to show their talent, their skills and to be discovered for the next step at their career!”
CID: “As a last question we want to ask you, now that you made your profile on our network, what will be the 1st video of you that you will post, which best describes you as a player!”
VJ: “It’s a great video that we did with my sponsor, Red Bull which is a synopsis of my career and I feel that best describes me so far”
CID: “Thank you Vlado! All the best for the new season that just begins with the national team!”
VJ: “Thank you also! Great being a part of this”