A Look Ahead: Ivan Radenovic

One player who made a lot of strides this past year was Ivan Radenovic. The Wildcat power forward will need to make more strides if the Cats hope to make another deep run next March.

Ivan Radenovic
6-10, 220, JR
Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro (Secondary School of Sports)

G-GS: 36-31
PPG: 8.6
RPG: 5.5
FG%: .455
3PT%: .340

Radenovic was a much improved player this year. His conditioning and strength was better and he did a great job transforming his physique. He still isn't a wide body, but he is less awkward and moves much better.

He has done a great job transforming his game. He isn't a pure post player, but he isn't the perimeter dwelling European big man he was when he arrived in Tucson. Radenovic is a solid rebounder and works hard down low. He has improved his scoring on the blocks and is becoming a better low-post defender.

Radenovic is a competent outside shooter, but apparently shoots better in practice where Wildcat coaches say he is among the team's best shooters. He is also a very good passer.

Radenovic needs to continue to get stronger and work on his foot speed. He'll never be the fastest or strongest player, but he can get better at both. Radenovic needs to continue to fine-tune his game towards the American game. He needs to work harder on his low post game and expose himself to as many athletic players he can.

His perimeter defense is still suspect, but as he gets quicker he can better adjust to swifter players. He can continue to improve his footwork and fundamentals, but only so much can be fixed without getting faster.

He can also fine tune his offensive game. He has become a better inside scorer, but he can get better. He has some nice moves inside, but needs to add more to the repertoire. He can also improve his outside shooting, especially in game situations.

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Radenovic will start at power forward and could be one of the key players on the team. The Cats will need him to improve his scoring and rebounding totals, especially if Hassan Adams goes to the NBA. They will also need him to be able to defend better down low and on the perimeter. If Adams goes, they will not have an athletic player who can guard other athletes at the four.

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