World Wide Warriors: Croatia
Perhaps Ozren Pavlovic could work in Croatia’s tourism industry after his basketball career. He certainly makes it sound like an enticing destination.
“A lot of tourists go there to see museums and a lot of the architecture – it’s really nice buildings,” he said. “And the coast is beautiful. For tourism, it’s good because it has beautiful beaches.”
Pavlovic is a freshman guard/forward with the Hawai’i basketball team, and the first player from Croatia to suit up for the Warriors. Although he has yet to play an official game for Hawai’i, he has displayed an array of skills during preseason workouts and open gym sessions with teammates.
Like most youths in Croatia, Pavlovic said he played a lot of soccer while growing up. He said pick-up soccer games are as common in Croatia as pick-up basketball games in the United States.
“In Croatia, the most popular sport is soccer,” he said. “I played every weekend with my friends for fun.”
Of course, basketball is also popular there, and the country has turned out its fair share of star players, most notably Toni Kukoc and the late Drazen Petrovic.