Ozren Pavlovic arrives in Hawai’i
Before the University of Hawai’i basketball team called him, Ozren Pavlovic was planning on playing professional basketball in his home country of Croatia during the 2012-13 season. Yes, he’s good enough to play on that level.
Instead, he will bring his multifaceted game to the Warriors. Pavlovic, a 6-foot-8 forward, signed a scholarship agreement with Hawai’i just last week, and arrived in Honolulu on Monday evening.
“There is college in Croatia, but they don’t have a (basketball) league like they do in United States,” Pavlovic said. “I think I would turn pro if I wasn’t here. But I am here now and I am enjoying it.”
Pavlovic, a left-handed shooter, has range beyond the 3-point line, but also has an ability to dribble-drive to the rim. He is big enough to defend post players, but admits that he needs some work in the weightroom.
“I’m a big guard, I can handle the ball and I’m a good shooter for my size,” he said in describing his style of play. “I need to work on my strength.”
In any case, Pavlovic appears to be a genuine — and rare — under-the-recruiting-radar find for the Warriors. He said the only other American programs he was looking at were junior colleges.
“We have a good couple of guys here, we are a good team,” Pavlovic said.