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Antonio Vrankovic Signs Overseas But May Get Distracted

He’s in a gorgeous location. Work may not seem that important.

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2019 Las Vegas Summer League - Croatia v Dallas Mavericks
 LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 10: Antonio Vrankovic #30 of Croatia shoots the ball against the Dallas Mavericks on July 10, 2019 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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This is pretty cool: former Blue Devil Antonio Vrankovic has signed with CBA Gran Canaria II, a Spanish team out of the Canary Islands.

We don’t completely understand their system but here’s what the official site says: “The LEB Plata is the third division of the Spanish basketball system, which is the second basketball division maintained by the SPF (Spanish Basketball Federation). The winner and runner-up of the LEB Plata are promoted to the LEB Oro league.”

Vrankovic is limited athletically - he has heavy legs - but he has great hands and his grasp of the game is incredibly sharp. He is just 23 and like all big men it takes a while to completely mature. He’ll never be quick but he’ll continue to get stronger and in a few years no one is going to want to mess with him very much.

Fun facts about the Canary Islands: It’s not named for Canarys but rather for dogs (Latin: Canarias or possibly seals, which the Romans called Sea Dogs.

And secondly, many will remember the late and missed Hollerin’ Contest from Spivey’s Corner, NC. There is a parallel tradition there but one that uses whistling. The idea is the same: to communicate basic information or emergencies over significant distance.

Also the weather is nice year round and the beaches look good and they have Carnival. He may never come back.

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