Krešimir Ćosić

Krešimir Ćosić (November 26th, 1948 – May 25th, 1995) was a Croatian professional basketball player, a member of FIBA Hall of Fame and Basketball Hall of Fame.

Krešimir Ćosić (November 26th, 1948 – May 25th, 1995) was a Croatian professional basketball player, a member of FIBA Hall of Fame and Basketball Hall of Fame.

Krešimir Ćosić is Zadar´s best-known basketball player. A mammoth statue in his image stands in front of the new Sports Hall in Zadar named after him. 


He was born in Zagreb and raised in Zadar, where he started his basketball career in 1965, playing for Basketball Club Zadar. He came to the United States to play college basketball at Brigham Young University from 1971 to 1973. In 1972 he was picked by Portland Trail Blazers as the pick nr. 1 in the 10th round (144th overall). In 1973 he was picked by Los Angeles Lakers as the pick nr. 15 in the 5th round. He was the first foreign player to earn All-American honors from the United Press International, garnering them in 1972 and 1973. After his college career, he rejected several professional offers and returned home to Croatia.


Ćosić played in four Olympic Games: 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1980 in Moscow when he led his team to the gold medal. He previously led Ex-Yugoslavia to a pair of World Championship gold medals in 1970 and 1978.


In the years following basketball he worked in the USA as a Croatian diplomat at the embassy in Washington, D.C. Ćosić died in 1995.


On March 4th, 2006, Ćosić became just the second men´s basketball player to have his jersey retired by BYU. In 2007, he was enshrined in the FIBA Hall of Fame.


There is a square in Zagreb that bears his name (Trg Krešimira Ćosića) and a street in Zadar. Basketball Club Zadar home arena is named after him.