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Player profile

(Updated July 2020)
Belgrade, Serbia
high school
Montverde (Fla.) Academy


PTS: 15 vs. North Florida (12-17-19), vs Boston College (3-7-20)
REBS: 7 vs. Chattanooga (11-20-19), Chicago State (11-23-19), Pitt (2-18-20)
BLKS: 2 vs. Purdue (11-30-19)
STLS: 2 vs. Saint Francis (11-23-19), Tennessee (11-29-19)
ASTS: 3 vs. Pitt (2-18-20)


2019 FSU Academic Dean’s List (Fall)
2020 ACC Academic Honor Roll
2020 ACC Regular Season Championship Team
2020 ACC Championship Team


A star in the making as one of the top big men in the ACC as he continues to develop under the guidance of the Florida State coaching staff…a talented big man whose maturation began during his freshman season, and with hard work, will continue for the remainder of his career…with the building blocks of his Seminole career now in place, he will seize the opportunity to be one of the top players in the ACC…a member of Florida State’s ACC Championship team in 2020…the Seminoles finished his freshman season with a 26-5 overall record and a 16-4 mark in ACC play…the Seminoles’ 16 wins in ACC play allowed them to win the first regular season ACC Championship in school history, and in the process, set a school record for conference wins in a season…with their 16-4 overall record, the Seminoles won the regular season ACC Championship and earned the No. 1 overall seed in the ACC tournament for the first time in school history…the Seminoles were the favorites to win the ACC Tournament, earn a top-two seed in the NCAA Tournament and were among the favorites to the win the National Championship in the NCAA Tournament before both tournaments were cancelled because of the onset of the coronavirus pandemic…a consensus top-60 national recruit as a perp star…a four-star recruit by Scout, Rivals, 247 Sports and ESPN…the No. 12 center and the No. 56 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class according to 247Sports…considered to be the third best player in the talent-rich state of Florida…has good hands, can consistently make jump shots and has strong rebounding abilities…a very mobile athlete…a finisher and a solid passer from the post…teamed with Duke star Vernon Carey, Jr., to win the Under-15 AAU National Championship at the Nike Peach Jam in 2016…a member of the Serbian Under-18 team that won the gold medal at the 2017 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championships…participated in the Basketball Without Boarders Global Camp in 2017…played with the Georgia Stars AAU Team…averaged 14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks per game during the 2018 Peach Invitational…named to the Florida State’s Dean’s List in his first semester – the fall of 2019…named to the 2020 ACC Academic Honor Roll…earned two awards at the Seminoles’ 2020 Honors Banquet: the First Year Academic Achievement Award and the award as the Seminoles’ Top Field Goal Percentage Shooter.


Averaged 4.7 points (eighth on the team) and 2.4 rebounds (seventh) while shooting a team-leading .699 from the field in helping lead the Seminoles to a 26-5 overall record and a 16-4 record in ACC play…Florida State won the ACC Regular Season Championship for the first time in school history…the Seminoles were declared the ACC Champions when the ACC Tournament was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic…Florida State was on the precipice of a high seed and were among the favorites to win the national championship in the NCAA Tournament…off to a blazing start with five double figure scoring outings in the first 14 games of his career before an injury against Georgia Tech slowed his development (Dec. 31)…though he missed only four games of playing time, his ability to practice and continue to grow within the Seminoles’ system was slowed…was back to his pre-January self late in the season as he helped the Seminoles win 14 of their final 18 games of the season in ACC play and clinch the first regular season ACC Championship in school history…scored in double figures six times including his career-high of 15 in Florida State’s victory over Boston College which clinched the outright regular season championship of the ACC for the Seminoles (March 7)…was a perfect six of six from the field in scoring his 15 points against the Eagles…also scored 15 points in Florida State’s victory over North Florida (Nov. 17)…was a near perfect six of eight from the field in scoring 15 points against the Ospreys in Tallahassee…double figures came in three consecutive games against Chattanooga (10 points; Nov. 20), Saint Francis (11 points, Nov. 23) and Chicago State (10 points, Nov, 25)…averaged 10.3 points and shot .813 percent from the field (13 of 16) in the three wins for the Seminoles…totaled two points and one rebound in six minutes of playing time in his Florida State debut at Pitt (Nov. 6)…scored four points and blocked one shot in 10 minutes of play in the Seminoles’ victory over Wester Carolina in Tallahassee (Nov. 15)…totaled 11 points, three rebounds and two steals in Florida State’s victory over Saint Francis (Nov. 23)…extensive playing time of 12 minutes equaled 10 points and seven rebounds in Florida State’s victory over Chattanooga in the first round of the Emerald Coast Classic in Tallahassee (Nov. 20)…scored 10 points to go along with a career-high tying seven rebounds in 18 minutes of playing time in Florida State’s victory over Chicago State in the second round of the Emerald Coast Classic in Tallahassee (Nov. 25)…scored eight points (on a perfect four of four from the free throw line) to go along with three rebounds and two steals in Florida State’s victory over No. 16 Tennessee in the semifinals of the Emerald Coast Classic (Nov 29)…totaled four points, two rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal in 15 minutes of playing time in Florida State’s overtime victory over Purdue in the championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic (Nov. 30)…averaged 8.0 points and shot .765 from the field (13 of 17) in helping the Seminoles to win wins over Chattanooga, Chicago State, Purdue and Tennessee and to the championship of the Emerald Coast Classic…his career-high of 15 points, with three rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot and one steal in Florida State’s victory over North Florida in Tallahassee (Dec. 17)…double figures with 13 points and three rebounds in Florida State’s victory over North Alabama in Tallahassee (Dec. 28)…totaled six points and six rebounds in Florida State’s 85-84 win over Notre Dame in Tallahassee (Jan. 25)…totaled seven points, seven rebounds and a career-high three assists in Florida State’s victory over Pitt at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Feb. 18)…tied his career-high with 15 points and two rebounds in Florida State’s victory over Boston College…the Seminoles’ 80-62 win over the Eagles gave the Seminoles their first ever ACC regular season championship with a 16-4 record…the Seminoles’ 16 wins set a regular season ACC record for wins (March 7).


Graduated from Montverde Academy in 2019…attended the Orlando-based school during his junior and senior seasons…Montverde finished with a 22-3 record in 2019…helped Montverde advance to the semifinals of the GEICO High School National Championship Tournament where they fell to IMG Academy by a 74-73 score…helped Montverde to a 35-0 record and the school’s fourth high school GEICO High School National Championship in 2018…has a wingspan of better than 7-3 and a standing reach of better than 9-1.


Attended University School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in eighth, ninth and 10th grades…was ranked as the nation’s No. 1 player in the 2017 sophomore class…averaged a double-double of 22.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 blocked shots as a sophomore…led the Sharks to a 20-7 record as a sophomore, a 15-9 record as a freshman and to 11 wins as a member of the varsity team in the eighth grade…averaged 16 points, nine rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots as a freshman.


Born May 1, 2000…Balsa is the son of Tatjana Cavic and Slavisa Koprivica…moved with his mother to the United States from Serbia in 2012 when he was in sixth grade from Belgrade — the capital of Serbia…has been back to Serbia only twice since he moved to the United States…learned to speak English as a youngster in Serbia as English is taught in Serbian schools…is fluent in speaking Serbian and English and speaks a bit of Spanish…his dad, Slavisa, played professional basketball in Serbia from 1985-2008…gets his height from his dad who is 6-9…his dad also played in the 1992 Olympics against the original Dream Team…played soccer and participated in Taekwondo as a child…began playing basketball at age seven-years old…has always been tall but was projected as a youngster to be nearly 7-feet tall…grew from 6’3 to 6’8 during his year in sixth grade….was 7’0 tall by the time he was a freshman in high school…enjoys playing video games and is an accomplished drawer…a member of the Serbia Under-18 National Team…models his game after Anthony Davis, Kristaps Porzingis and Nikola Jokic…received his first scholarship offer from Baylor in 2015…received 15 offers during his first two seasons in high school at University School…selected Florida State over Gonzaga, Miami, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson, Southern California and Baylor…major is Sport Management.