Utah landed their first much needed big man for the 2013 class today in Nebraska Western center Marko Kovacevic, who originally hails from Serbia.
"I committed today to Utah and Coach Slocum. I went to visit and really like the school. The program is getting better. They play hard and I really like the coaches."
The coaching part of his relationship with Utah played a big role in his commitment, as did the fact that Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak both played in coach in the NBA.
"They have a coach that played in the NBA. I want to make it the NBA and that's the goal I have. With an NBA coach, I have a much better chance to go the the NBA."
The 6'11", 230 pounder took a visit to rival BYU over the summer, and eventually picked the Utes over the Cougars.
"I went in May to visit BYU, but I really didn't want to go there. The BYU coaches kept telling me that I could be a better play if I came to BYU instead of Utah, but I think Utah is the better place for me and I'll do better there."
Kovacevic grew up idolizing another Serbian born NBA player in former Laker, Hornet, and King, Vlade Divac and looks to continue a strong Utah tradition of producing great international players.
"Vlade Divac was the guy I really liked and looked up to as a kid. I love how he played. Utah talked about other international players they have had. They even had a Serbian guy a couple of years ago."
Now that Kovacevic has ended his recruitment, he'll focus on working on his game and bringing skills to the program that Utah sorely needs.
"I can play inside and out. I'm a good rebounder and am aggressive around the basket. I averaged about 5 dunks per game last season. I'm also able to shoot outside around the 3 point line. "
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