Radenovic officially added/Muhlbach injured

It has been a busy few days for the Arizona basketball team. The Cats gained a player when Ivan Radenovic was officially added to the roster. However, the Cats learned that guard Beau Muhlbach could miss a month after spraining his foot.

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 team 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 and shoot the jumper with accuracy out to three-point range 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 not suit up and he'll 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.

Reserve guard Beau Muhlbach suffered a sprain to his left foot during practice Friday afternoon and will miss at least a few weeks.

Muhlbach, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound, guard from Lufkin, Texas, suffered a sprained ligament on the lateral aspect of his left foot during practice at Bear Down Gym. The normal recovery time for such an injury is three to four weeks.

"He suffered the injury while pushing off during a routine drill in practice," said Justin Kokoskie, athletic trainer for UA men's basketball. "Our goal is to return him to functional activity as soon as possible without causing any further aggravation."

Muhlbach is averaging 1.5 points per game while shooting 33.3 percent from the field, including 1-of-1 from three-point range, in two appearances this season. He made his first collegiate field goal attempt on Nov. 24 vs. Northern Arizona.

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