Beavers Lock Up Serbian

The Oregon State Beavers are rocking their Serbian connection and this time they went for a big guy. Jay John and his staff locked up a member of the national team on Saturday.

From Serbia to Corvallis, Ore., by way of Worcester Academy in the north. That's the route Ilija Milutinovic is set to take.

On Saturday, the 6-foot-10 Milutinovic committed to the Oregon State Beavers. The pledge is Jay John's second from Serbia in the past few months and we anticipate the Beavers working the foreign pipeline hard in the future.

Arriving on campus this fall will be point guard Viljin Svilar, one of Milutinovic's countrymen.

So, how did the OSU hear about their latest score? It began at ABCD Camp in New Jersey where head coach Jay John first spotted him. The relationship continued onto Serbia where assistant Jeff Reinert went to work on getting the versatile forward into the program.

"I was on the national team and I was at ABCD last summer," Milutinovic said. "It's been almost a year (since they began recruiting me)."

The plan is to allow the forward to play as much on the perimeter as his game can handle. As his skill set advances, so will his time facing the basket. "I'm going to play like outside-inside and more on the outside. I can shoot it too."

The forward said Oregon State locked him down and did such a good job few others were able to break through and recruit him. "They were kind of selfish; they had me for themselves," Milutinovic joked.


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