Serbian Basketball Academy

International Basketball Academy in Serbia

SBA | Serbian Basketball Academy – international basketball academy in Serbia with full board for players 13 to 20 years old

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Structure of SBA



  • Academy in the leading basketball country of Europe
  • Academy’s partnership with Euroleague club «Cervena Zvezda»
  • Year-around professional basketball training program
  • Individual approach and trainings by positions
  • Daily on court trainings with strength & conditioning practices
  • High level of competition
  • 40+ games per season
  • An opportunity to play for an older age


  • Internationally approved diploma
  • Studying program available in Serbian or English
  • Flexible schedule for athletes
  • Residence permit in Serbia for the period of study
  • The possibility of combining studies in Serbia with studies in your own country
  • Academy students from more than 33 countries from Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa


  • Boarding-School format: school, housing and basketball – all in the same facility
  • Comfortable boarding accommodation with 2 people in a room
  • 24/7 control by the administration
  • Life and health insurance
  • Space for self-study and learning
  • Active leisure, excursions

SBA | Serbian Basketball Academy

  • International basketball academy in Serbia with full board for players from 13 to 20 years old
  • Academy partners with top Serbian basketball club «Cervena Zvezda» and sports agency «Pro Futuro Sports».
  • In SBA, athletes play basketball as a professionals and compete among top Serbian academies.
  • Scouts from NBA, NCAA, European clubs, basketball agents – regularly visit our academy.

Our mission – is to individually develop every player and provide them with opportunity to sign a professional contract or to receive a scholarship to American University.

Facts about basketball in Serbia

Serbia on a regular basis brings to the world new stars of NBA and European basketball, being one of the most respected basketball countries in the world.

Among representatives of Serbian basketball:

  • Nikola Jokic (NBA MVP, season 2021)
  • Vasilije Micic (Euroleage MVP, season2021)
  • Milos Teodosic (Eurocup MVP, seasons 2020, 2021)
  • Igor Kokoskov (First ever European to be a head coach in NBA team) - Vlade Divac (General Manager of NBA team, Sacramento Kings)
  • Zelko Obradovic (9-time Euroleage champion)
  • Dusan Ivkovic (FIBA and Euroleage Hall of Fame, legendary coach)

SBA Basketball Program

The academy is based on the facilities of «FMP» basketball club, the farm team of «Cervena Zvezda».

Players compete in the teams based on their age groups, the most talented athletes have a chance to be a part of «FMP» and «Cervena Zvezda» youth teams.

SBA sports program last for 9 months during which the player, on average, play about 40 games versus Serbian sports schools / youth clubs, also participating in tournaments.

Professional work methodology at SBA creates an opportunity to maximize the potential of every player and to prepare the athlete to a professional basketball.

Features of the SBA basketball program:

  • Partnership with «Cervena Zvezda» and «FMP» clubs;
  • Balanced training process from 5 days a week, 1-2 practices a day;
  • Training by positions, as well as strength & conditioning preparation;
  • Teams compete in various age categories versus Serbian spots schools / youth clubs;
  • There is no limit for international players at the SBA academy;
  • Players may be involved in trainings with an older age;
  • The training process lasts from beginning of September to the end of May;
  • Agency supervision of the players with the purpose of helping to further sign a professional contract or to receive scholarship to high school / university in the USA.

Highlights of «Cervena Zvezda» U18 team

Academy Student MVP of the European Championship

Academy student Nikola Topic (born in 2005, defender, 198 cm) was recognized as the most valuable player of the tournament and received the MVP title at the U18 European Championship 2023 as a member of the Serbian national team, which became European champions.

Nikola Topic is expected to be selected in the top 10 players in the 2024 NBA Draft.

Education at SBA

Academy provides an opportunity to attend in-person high school located on the campus of academy.

At the completion of the high school program every academy’s student will obtain a secondary education diploma approved internationally, which would allow to enroll to any university in the world.

Athletes study following disciplines: Serbian language, English language, algebra, world history, physics, biology, geography, chemistry, informatics, social studies, etc.

Classes are held in Serbian, academy provides a tutor of Serbian language.

Additionally SBA provides an option of studying in English language.

Students can combine their education program in a SBA provided high school with their studies in schools of their home country remotely.


  • All players (under 18) must study in a school of SBA in order to obtain a residence permit in Serbia, which allows to stay legally in Serbia during the course of the season;
  • Language proficiency in English or Serbian is not required for acceptance to SBA, but pre-intermediate level of English is recommended.

Living conditions at SBA

Athletes live in a comfortable dormitory on the academy’s campus, 2 people per room.

Campus is located in Zheleznik, periphery of Belgrade (capital of Serbia).

Dorm facilities are equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable and safe stay of athletes from 13 to 20 years old. Athletes are divided by the age groups.

The SBA staff (supervisor) takes care of the children around the clock and, if necessary, answer all the requests of children that relate to education and everyday life. All club staff have first aid skills and instructions in case of emergencies.

Athletes have 3 meals per day in a canteen inside of the dorm.

All boarding athletes have the necessary work space to do their homework, and the rooms are equipped with wifi.

Watch this video to find out how academy players live, train and learn

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Tuition costs

Yearly program – 9 Months (September – June)
  • September 1 – May 30;
  • 40+ games versus clubs / sports schools of Serbia;
  • Accommodation in a academy’s dormitory;
  • 5 days of practices (1-2 practices a day) + 1 game per week;
  • Trips to the games;
  • High school program*;
  • Individual skills practices, strengths & conditioning practices;
  • Visa support;
  • Assistance in planning of a further basketball career in Europe or the USA; - Guardianship in Serbia;
  • Uniform: training and play uniform, tracksuit.

* Private school in English is an optional program (+1.500 € additionally)

€ 16.500

Feedback of the parent about Serbian Basketball Academy

Conditions for admissions to the SBA

To consider the application, the candidate will need:

  • Video highlights of game fragments;
  • School transcripts for the last 3 years;
  • Extract from the vaccination certificate;
  • A financial statement;
  • Submit an application at bottom of the page on this website.
Submit an application

Partnership with «Cervena Zvezda»

Marko Vulovic

Marko Vulovic

President of Pro Futuro Sports

Alexander Skryagin

Alexander Skryagin

Director of development at SBA

Serbian Basketball Academy is a project of the Serbian notable basketball club «Cervena Zvezda».

Academy’s partner is Pro Futuro Sports - the world's leading agency for athletes placements to high schools and universities in the USA, Canada and European countries.

Pro Futuro Sports has a rich history since 2007 with more than 4,000 clients from 50+ countries around the world.

Pro Futuro Sports clients play in the NBA, NCAA, Europe's leading clubs and youth programs.

Academy’s campus is help on the facilities of «FMP» basketball club, farm team of «Cervena Zvezda». Academy’s players are coaches by the same professionals, who are coaching youth generations of «Zvezda» and «FMP».

«Cervena Zvezda» academy and Pro Futuro Sports agency are partnered up, to allow basketball players from all over the world to continue their basketball development and study in Serbia, where the potential of each player will be maximized.

«Cervena Zvezda» program alumni

Milos Teodosic

Milos Teodosic

Nemanja Bjelica

Nemanja Bjelica

Nemanja Nedovic

Nemanja Nedovic

Sasa Obradovic

Sasa Obradovic

Career planning

Marko Simonovic

Player of Chicago Bulls, NBA

Serbian Basketball Academy collaborates with NBA and NCAA scouts, European pro clubs, basketball agents.

SBA Management provides an assistance in planning of a further basketball career, to sign a contract with a professional club or to receive a scholarship to high school/university in the USA.

Admission to the SBA

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