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BALSA KOPRIVICA

#5

Player profile

(Updated July 2020)
position
Center
height
7-1
weight
240
year
Sophomore
hometown
Belgrade, Serbia
high school
Montverde Academy (Fla.)

BALSA KOPRIVICA'S CAREER HIGH'S

PTS: 17 vs. North Carolina (3-12-21)
REBS: 11 vs. North Carolina (3-12-21)
BLKS: 4 vs. North Carolina (3-12-21)
STLS: 2 vs. Saint Francis (11-23-19), Tennessee (11-29-19)
ASTS: 3 vs. Pitt (2-18-20), vs. Georgia Tech (12-15-20), at Louisville (1-18-21)

KOPRIVICA IN THE SEMINOLES' RECORD BOOK

Career Field Goal Percentage — 2nd — .632 (139-220)

HONORS

2019 FSU Academic Dean’s List (Fall)
2020, 2021 ACC Academic Honor Roll
2020 FSU Academic Dean’s List (Fall)
2020 ACC Regular Season Championship Team
2020 ACC Championship Team
2021 All-Academic ACC Men’s Basketball Team
2021 All-ACC Tournament First Team

ON KOPRIVICA

The 57th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets…his draft rights were traded to the Detroit Pistons…earned his Associates Degree in Sport Management from Florida State University on April 23, 2021…an early entry candidate for the 2021 NBA Draft as he entered his name for consideration in the draft on April 13, 2021…played on two of Florida State’s most successful teams in 2020 and 2021…the Seminoles were a combined 44-12 overall (.786 winning percentage) and were 27-8 in ACC regular season play (.771 winning percentage)…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, earned 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 starter on Florida State’s 2021 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and ACC Tournament finalist team…named to the ACC All-Tournament First-Team as he averaged 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in two games during the 2021 ACC Tournament…just the fifth Seminole in ACC history to earn ACC All-Tournament First-Team honors…a full-time player for the Seminoles in both of his seasons in Tallahassee with 51 games played and 20 starting assignments…Florida State’s starting center in 20 games during the 2020-21 season…averaged a career-high 9.1 points and a career-high 19.4 minutes played as a sophomore…ranks second in school history in career field goal percentage (.632, 139-220)…a consensus top-60 national recruit as a prep 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 former 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 Borders 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 as well as during the fall of 2020…named to the 2020 and 2021 ACC Academic Honor Roll…named to the All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team in 2021…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.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2021)

Averaged a career-high 9.1 points (fifth on the team), a career-high 5.6 rebounds (second) and led the team with a career-high 33 blocked shots and a 1.4 blocked shots per game average (first)…also led the team with a .599 field goal shooting percentage…named to the ACC All-Tournament First-Team as he averaged 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in two games during the 2021 ACC Tournament…just the fifth Seminole in ACC history to earn ACC All-Tournament First-Team honors…helped lead Florida State to an 18-7 overall record and an 11-4 mark in ACC play…the Seminoles finished in second place in the ACC regular season standings, advanced to play in the ACC Tournament Championship game for the fifth time in school history and played in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his career…a career-high three double doubles with all three coming in ACC play…his first came in a win over Clemson with the second and third double doubles of his career against North Carolina (17 points and 11 rebounds) in the ACC Tournament semifinals and against Georgia Tech (11 points and 10 rebounds) in the championship game of the ACC Tournament…it marked the fourth time in school history the Seminoles had advanced to the championship game of the ACC Tournament…earned career-high statistics for games started (20), total points (219), points scored per game (9.1), total rebounds (135), rebounds per game (5.6), offensive rebounds (51), defensive rebounds (84), field goals made (88), field goals attempted (147), 3-point field goals made (one), 3-point field goals attempted (one), free throws made (42), free throws attempted (61), free throw percentage (.689), assists (18), blocked shots (33), total minutes played (468) and minutes played per game (19.5)…scored in double figures a career-high 10 times including his career-high of 17 points in Florida State’s victory over North Carolina in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament…totaled three double doubles as a sophomore – his first came in Florida State’s 80-61 win over Clemson at the Donald L. Tucker Center and the second and third came in the Seminoles’ two games in the 2021 ACC Tournament…led the Seminoles in blocked shots for the first time in his career (33 blocks / 1.4 bpg)…he totaled nearly five times as many blocked shots as a sophomore (33) than he did as a freshman (seven) in fewer games (27 games as a freshman and 24 games as a sophomore)…scored 13 points to go along with five rebounds, two blocked shots, one steal and one assist as a starter for the first time in his career in Florida State’s 86-58 victory over North Florida in its season opener (Dec. 2)…totaled 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds in 21 minutes of play in Florida State’s 69-67 overtime victory over Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Tallahassee (Dec. 9)…scored 10 points, pulled down eight rebounds and was credited with a career-high tying three assists in Florida State’s ACC season-opening 74-61 victory over Georgia Tech in Tallahassee (Dec. 15)…totaled 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots in Florida State’s victory over Gardner-Webb at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Dec. 21)…a near double double of 10 points and nine rebounds to go along with three blocked shots in Florida State’s 82-75 win over North Carolina in Tallahassee (Jan. 16)…totaled six points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in Florida State’s 78-65 win at Louisville (Jan. 18)…first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in Florida State’s 80-61 win over Clemson at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Jan. 23)…totaled nine points and four rebounds in Florida State’s victory over Miami at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Jan. 27)…scored six points and added six rebounds at Georgia Tech in Atlanta (Jan 30)…totaled nine points — including three on the first and only attempted 3-point shot of his career — to go along with three rebounds and one blocked shot in Florida State’s 81-60 win over No. 7 Virginia in Tallahassee (Feb. 15)…an all-around game as he totaled eight points, three rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot in Florida State’s 79-72 win at Pittsburgh (Feb. 20)…totaled 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and one steal in Florida State’s 88-71 victory over Miami in Coral Gables (Feb. 24)…totaled his career-highs with 17 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots for his second career double double in Florida State’s 69-66 win over North Carolina in the semifinals of the 2021 ACC Tournament…the win sent the Seminoles to the ACC Championship game for the third time in school history (March 12)…third career double double of 11 points and 10 rebounds with two blocked shots in the 2021 ACC Championship game against Georgia Tech…named to the All-ACC Tournament First-Team (March 13)…a near double double with 13 points, nine rebounds, two blocked shots and one assist in Florida State’s 64-54 win over UNC Greensboro in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (March 20)…scored five points with one assist and one blocked shot in Florida State’s 71-53 win over Colorado at the Indiana Farmer’s Coliseum in Indianapolis — a win that sent the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season (March 22)…totaled seven points, three rebounds and one blocked shot in Florida State’s game against Michigan in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. (March 28).

AS A FRESHMAN (2020)

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 season-high of 15 points 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 Western 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 season-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 wins over Chattanooga, Chicago State, Purdue and Tennessee and to the championship of the Emerald Coast Classic…his season-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 season-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).

AT MONTVERDE

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.

AT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

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.

PERSONAL

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…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 Serbian 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.