Buffs Sign 6-foot-6 Guard From Serbia

Following the departures of Bryce Peters and Thomas Akyazili, the Buffaloes' men's basketball coaches put out a wide net looking for a guard and they found one overseas...

Colorado announced on Wednesday it has signed Lazar Nikolic to a letter of intent. The 6-foot-6 guard from Belgrade, Serbia, is currently playing for Rome's Stella Azzurra Academy in the Series B Italian League. He leads the team in assists (4.1 per game), ranks second in rebounds (7.4) and free throws made (95), and ranks third on the squad in scoring at 12.2 per contest.

"Lazar is a big guard with a very good feel for the game," Buffs head coach Tad Boyle said in a press release. "His size and skill allow him to be very good playing in a pick and roll situation.  He can make plays for himself and for others. Additionally, he is a very good rebounder."

Previously, on the international stage, Nikolic helped Serbia's U-18 National Team to a 10th place finish at the 2016 European Championships in Division A. He previously played on Serbia's U-16 National Team in 2014.

Nikolic also took a visit to Georgia Tech before signing with the Buffaloes, and he received interest from UCLA and San Francisco, among other colleges.

The scouting report on Nikolic is that he is a heady basketball player that is an extension of the coaching staff out of the floor. He has a good jumper and is a good passer, but needs to improve on his ability as a slasher and on the defensive end of the court.

Nikolic is the 15th international basketball player for the Buffaloes since the mid-1950's and the seventh in the Boyle era.


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