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Prime worldwide prospect Igor Milicic choses school route, commits to Virginia Cavaliers

Prime worldwide basketball prospect Igor Milicic has dedicated to Virginia, he advised ESPN on Saturday.

“There are various issues which can be particular about UVA,” Milicic stated. “When it comes to basketball tradition, nice followers, and actually good teachers which can be an enormous factor for me. Coach Bennett and his teaching workers are the most effective within the nation. I really feel like I’ll have the very best situations to turn into a greater participant and individual.”

The 6-foot-9, 18-year outdated Milicic is taken into account one of many prime European recruits committing to the faculty route. He made his debut with the Polish senior nationwide workforce within the FIBA Eurobasket qualifying window in February, and performed on an novice contract this season, largely within the German third division, averaging 13.3 factors, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists whereas making 36 3-pointers in 21 video games. He additionally noticed time within the German first division, the BBL, with Ratiopharm Ulm, the place he appears minutes at each ahead spots.

“This was a really troublesome and vital choice in my profession,” Milicic stated. “My dream is to play basketball on the highest ranges within the U.S. or Europe. I’m conscious that solely onerous work will get me there. I’m decided to perform that aim. The place and when, it stays to be seen.”

Milicic’s father, additionally named Igor, was a former Croatian nationwide workforce participant who’s now the top coach of Stal Ostrow, who’re at the moment competing within the Polish league playoff finals.

Milicic joins a Virginia workforce that gained the ACC common season championship, however was upset within the first spherical of the NCAA match by Ohio after being compelled to withdraw from the ACC match and quarantine resulting from a optimistic COVID case.

The workforce will lose its total beginning frontcourt consisting of Jay Huff, Sam Hauser and Trey Murphy, to commencement or the NBA draft, opening up loads of minutes on the ahead positions. Virginia beforehand added first-team All-AAC junior Jayden Gardner from East Carolina, one of the vital productive large males within the NCAA switch portal.

“I actually suppose that I can match the workforce effectively,” Milicic stated. “My function can be to play and follow onerous and Coach Bennett will discover a function for me to assist the workforce achieve success. I am tall for my place with an extended wingspan and that must be an incredible match for his defensive philosophy.

“Offensively they use many off-ball screens which inserts my versatility. I really feel good getting leap photographs or driving alternatives off flare screens, pin-downs or staggers. The plan is to get higher every day and hopefully over time I will turn into a key piece of this system. I’m going to work all summer time to be 100% ready from day one.”

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