Ivan Paunic earned three gold medals with the Serbian youth national teams.
He started playing basketball with Partizan Belgrade but he had to leave the club at only 18.
He left Serbia in 2008 to move to Belgium to play with Oostende and finished the season with Aris Thessaloniki. Dusan Ivkovic called him last year and he debuted with the senior national team at EuroBasket 2009 in Poland.
He will have a chance to make the team once again this summer to play at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Paunic is a very good defender as he is able to lock down the best offensive player of the opposition.
Despite being tall, he is quick and has decent offensive skills.