Krystkowiak Adds Stefanovic for Next Season
SALT LAKE CITY – University of Utah men's basketball head coach Larry Krystkowiak announced the signing Lazar Stefanovic on Wednesday as the program's lone signee for National Signing Day.
"We're excited to have Lazar join us next season," head coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "Lazar is a tremendous player with high-character and an elite student so it's a great fit both for him and our program. His experience playing in some of the top leagues in Europe and FIBA will be a tremendous boost and brings maturity to both ends of the floor."
The 6-6 guard will arrive on The Hill with FIBA playing experience as well as in his native Serbia, a country that has produced a multitude of notable NBA players such as Vlade Divac, Peja Stojakovic, Vlandimir Radmanovic, Darko Milicic, Nikola Jokic, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Boban Marjanovic. He was also an invitee to the Basketball Without Borders camp in Latvia this year.
Before the pandemic shutdown Stefanovic helped Partizan U18 claim the Adidas Next Generation Tournament in Belgrade and held his own against players in the top division, averaging 15.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists. In addition to playing with the national team, Stefanovic also made his debut with the Partizan's top team and helped lead them to the national cup in 2020.
This past season, Stefanovic also saw action in 26 games with Mladost where he averaged 20.7 minutes in their top Serbian league and averaged 7.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists. In 2018, the Serbian averaged 19.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists with the Partizan U16 squad in the Trophie Novog Grad Tournament.