Forward from Croatia headed to Hawai’i
Ozren Pavlovic, a versatile 6-foot-8 forward from Croatia, has signed a scholarship agreement to join the Hawai’i basketball team for the upcoming 2012-13 season. Pavlovic will be a true freshman this season, and is expected to be enrolled in classes at UH-Manoa by next week, according to Warriors head coach Gib Arnold.
“He actually committed to us a while ago, but we were never really able to do anything with it until we knew he could become eligible, which he just did,” Arnold said. “Literally, today (Friday), was the day he got everything cleared and finalized, and so he’ll be with us next week.”
Not much is known — or available online — about Pavlovic. However, based on his highlight video above, it is clear that he can score the basketball from outside and in. He is listed at 205 pounds, and Arnold envisions him playing several positions.
“I don’t have a set position for him because offensively, he has the skill set of a 2 guard,” Arnold said. “He’s a lefty with range and very good offensive skills. But he also has the size, and is tall and long enough to guard both forward positions. I’m not going to lock him in to just one spot. I’ll just say he’s a forward.”
Arnold said he made several trips to Croatia in the past year to scout Pavlovic and other prospects in Europe. “That area of Europe has always been a place I like to go to, from even before I got to Hawai’i. Since I’ve been here, I’ve just continued to go there because I think there are a lot of good players there.”
Pavlovic fills one of the two scholarships that were still available for the 2012-13 season. Asked if there was still a chance to fill the final scholarship, Arnold responded: “Possibly. You never know what you can get done unless you try.”