Serbian Forward Attracts Attention

Drazen Zlovaric is a 6-9 205. lb. junior forward from Serbia who has spent the last year in Cleveland, Tennessee as part of a foreign exchange student program. During his short time in the USA, Zlovaric has managed to attract the attention of a number of high major coaches. Learn more about this newcomer to the U.S. in this report…

Drazen Zlovaric averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds per game in his first season of competitive high school basketball in the United States. Word quickly spread of this Class of 2008 Serbian phenom among the college coaching community. It wasn't long before high major scholarship offers started flowing in and Zlovaric began visiting college campuses.

Zlovaric took a whirlwind tour of many college campuses this year. Among the schools that he toured on unofficial visits were Clemson, DePaul, Georgia, Texas, USC, and Vanderbilt.

On April 7th, Zlovaric visited the campus of DePaul University in Chicago. While there Drazen met with Blue Demons coach Jerry Wainwright and Athletic Director Jean Lenti-Ponsetto. "I spoke to the head coach and the Athletic Director," said Zlovaric. "Coach Wainwright is a very straightforward kind of guy. The other head coaches that I liked were Coach (Rick) Barnes (Texas), Coach Felton (Georgia) and Coach (Tim) Floyd (USC)."

Drazen found the school and the city of Chicago appealing on his visit. "Chicago, millions of Serbians live there," said Zlovaric. "It's the biggest Serbian population outside of Serbia."

Zlovaric already has scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Clemson, DePaul, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Virginia, Wake Forest and USC. Scout.com's Dave Telep recently reported that Texas A&M is the latest to offer a scholarship to Drazen.

Others to show interest in the slashing small forward include Arkansas, Purdue, Tennessee, and UCLA. Zlovaric played on the Spring AAU circuit with three different teams. At the Pitt Jam Fest in April, coaches from DePaul, Florida, Tennessee, and UCLA flocked to see him play with the West Virginia Select team. Drazen then played with the CAPS All-Stars at the King James tournament and competed with the Nashville Celtics at the Hensley Memorial Run N' Slam in May.

Because of Tennessee rules limiting foreign exchange players to one season, Drazen went out in search of a prep school for his senior season. Recently he decided on Sagemont Academy in Weston, Florida.

Zlovaric returned to his native Serbia on May 26th to tryout for the Serbian U-18 national team and won't return to Sagemont till the fall. Once Drazen makes the national team he will compete in the U-18 European Championships to take place in Madrid, Spain in August.

Drazen was asked what it would be like for him if he ever found himself matched up with Team USA. "That would be awesome," said Zlovaric. "They've got some great players. That would be really great."

Zlovaric is looking for ways to improve upon his game. "I want to do a strength program," Drazen shared. "That's the main thing that I need to improve this summer and for next year also. I want to get stronger and gain some weight. Right now I'm between 200 and 205 (lbs.)"

Drazen would like to use the summer months to focus on getting even better. "I want to improve on my outside shot, because it can never be perfect enough. I want to improve my quickness. I've worked with a personal trainer on improving my quickness. When I get back to Serbia I'm going to work with a strength and conditioning coach who works with the national men's volleyball team. I'm going to improve a lot on my jumping and being more explosive."

Academic qualifying shouldn't be an issue for Zlovaric who was on a pre-medicine track at high school in Serbia before coming to the U.S. Drazen is interested in pursuing a major in either Pre-Med or Communications.

Scout.com's Evan Daniels had the following to say about Zlovaric's performance at a Tennessee Prep Showcase last October…

…it's obvious he's loaded with potential. He's only been in the US for two months and just began playing competitive basketball, which made his play even more amazing.

The former volleyball player is super athletic and has great hands. His threes weren't going down but he did drain a jump hook and had a bunch of finishes on the break. The most impressive possession for him was when he grabbed a defensive rebound and went coast-to-coast weaving through defenders for a lay-up.


Scout.com's Jeff Goodman had the following to say about Drazen's play at the King James tournament in April…

The 6-foot-8 athletic forward plays hard, runs the court well and is always moving without the ball. He's an inconsistent shooter, but plenty of SEC (schools) are intrigued with his skill set.

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