Men's Basketball Adds Ivan Radenovic to Roster

Dec. 20, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Lute Olson announced Saturday that Ivan Radenovic has been added to the 2003-04 roster. He joins the roster immediately and will be eligible to compete on Dec. 28.

Radenovic, a 6-foot-10, 218-pound, freshman forward from Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro, graduated from the Secondary School of Sports in May 2003 and played two seasons with the KK Partizan youth team in his hometown. He possesses a versatile game, which allows him to face the basket or post up. He's played with club teams in his native Belgrade since joining the Cukaricki club at the age of nine.

'We are pleased to add someone of Ivan's caliber to our program,' said Olson. 'He is fundamentally sound and has the skills to play both inside and out. He is a nice addition and should help us immediately.'

Radenovic, 19, has good range on his jump shot and is aggressive around the basket. While playing for a Serbian youth team, he averaged 7.4 points and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from the floor during the 2002 Albert Schweitzer Games in Germany.

UA assistant coach Josh Pastner was Radenovic's lead recruiter.

Radenovic (pronounced E-vahn Rah-den-o-vich) will sit out Arizona's next game, Monday, Dec. 22, against San Diego State due to an infraction involving his amateur status. In the spring of 2003, he played two minutes of a professional contest. The University of Arizona, in conjunction with NCAA Amateurism and NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement staff, determined that Radenovic's eligibility would be restored after serving this one-game suspension.

Tip-off for Monday's San Diego State game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. MST and can be seen on Fox Sports Net Arizona.

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