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Jack Animam signs with Serbian club

Jack Animam is heading to Serbia. Rick Dela Cruz (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--In a major breakthrough for Philippine women's basketball, Jack Animam is taking her talents to Serbia.

The six-foot-five former National University and Shih Hsin University standout and current national team member has officially turned pro, joining SPD Radnicki, a team based in the Serbian city of Kragujevac as announced on Monday night.

"We're very happy that she can join our team. We've heard a lot of good things about her, her game, basketball ability. We hope that she will be a good weapon for our team," Radnicki coach Nenad Milovanovic said in a virtual press conference set up by East-West Private, the one handling Animam overseas.

Reacting to the news, Animam said, "I'm just so happy, proud, and honored that I've come this far. It's so overwhelming right now. I'm just super excited."

She then thanked Radnicki for the opportunity to showcase her talents in Serbia's top-tier league, the First Women's Basketball League.

"I can't thank enough the team for giving me this opportunity. I just can't wait to go out there and play with them," she further said.

Radnicki looks to improve from its ninth-place finish last season in which the club barely escaped relegation to the second division.

"We will play this season with a young team," Milovanovic bared how the team's roster for the upcoming season, which will begin next month, would look like.

Highlighting the club's core will be the 22-year-old Animam, who became the first Filipina to sign in the Serbian league.

"We hope Jack will be our leader on and off the court," Milovanovic further said.

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