Two Wildcats play in the Global Games

Arizona has gone after a number of international recruits in the past two recruiting classes and two of them played in the same event. The two Wildcats represented their countries at the Global Games this past week in Dallas, Texas. Jesus Verdejo and Ivan Radenovic had prominent roles for Puerto Rico and Serbia & Montenegro respectively in the event.

Jesus Verdejo, a freshman-to-be, played very well for Puerto Rico. He averaged 11.4 as his team advanced to the metal round before falling to the United States team in the ‘Bronze Medal Game' which was actually for fifth place.

He and Ivan Radenovic faced each other in the opening game for both teams. Puerto Rico took the 81-73 win. Verdejo scored eight points, including a long three. He also had three rebounds and a couple of assists.

Radenovic got the start, but was just 2-6 in the game from the field. He hit his first shot early in the contest and then didn't score until midway in the second half when he buried a long jumper.

Radenovic averaged just 7.8 points per contest.

Verdejo was not good behind the arc in a 73-66 loss to the Ukraine. He made just 1-of-6 three pointers, scoring nine points, while adding five rebounds. He did most of his damage inside, although he added a long two where his foot was on the line. He rebounded against Argentina, although Puerto Rico fell 89-75. He pumped in 17 points, including three three-pointers in the contest.

Puerto Rico got back into the win column, while Verdejo had his second double-figure performance, in the 89-82 win over Russia. He again struggled from the outside, but scored 11 points, while dishing out three assists. After getting one basket inside, he did the rest of his damage from the outside. He shot poorly in the 108-107 loss to USA that closed out the tournament. He was a meager 3-12 from the field, missing both of his three-point attempts. He did add four rebounds in the contest.

Radenovic had a real up and down tournament. After a decent game against Puerto Rico, he had two bad games against the Ukraine and Russia.

Saddled with trouble, he did not play much in the 14-point loss to Ukraine. He was just 1-5 from the field, picking up five fouls in the contest. He did have four rebounds, while scoring the three points.

That was actually a superior game to the performance he'd have in the 69-67 loss to Russia. He'd be shutout, missing all four shots in the contest.

Radenovic rebounded from the two sub-par performances with his best game of the tournament. Radenovic attacked the hoop repeatedly in an 84-77 loss to Argentina. He was just 5-9 from the field, but got to the line an astounding 16 times. He made 13 free throws on his way to a 24-point outing. To round out his game he also grabbed eight rebounds. All of his field goals came inside, save for one three-pointer, his only of the game.


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