After we spoke recently about the big decision that was looming for Dream City International's 6-foot-8, 215-pound senior forward Jovan Milicevic, the time has come and a decision has been made. Milicevic announced on social media that he has given a nice verbal commitment to the University of New Mexico. While it was a long recruiting process for him, Milicevic has now made his college decision to play for Head Coach Richard Pitino and his men's basketball staff.
Milicevic's decision to play for the Lobos came while on an official recruiting visit to the program. Milicevic is one of the top frontcourt prospects in the West, and generated the offers for himself to prove it. Milicevic received much of his college recruitment very early, as he received numerous offers as a rising sophomore. Milicevic chose New Mexico over previous offers from UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State and UC-Santa Barbara early. He then received an offer from Oklahoma State as a junior, and this spring and summer, he generated offers from New Mexico, Portland, UMKC, New Mexico State, Indiana State, UT-Arlington, Northern Illinois, UC-Riverside and Richmond.
Milicevic is coming off a strong spring and summer performance for himself where he helped lead his AZ Unity Nike EYBL 17U program to an invitation to this summer's Nike Peach Jam event in South Carolina, after a strong spring performance. The team was certainly loaded with talent, and Milicevic was impressive playing inside and out - showing excellent versatility to college programs. Milicevic is a unique prospect with excellent size and a fundamentally sound skillset. He has excellent size for a bigger forward, and a nice shooting stroke from the perimeter, which allows him to be very effective. He also is very physical, and uses his big body to gain very good low post position, where he possesses very good low post footwork and a variety of moves on the low block.
Milicevic has also competed for Canada as part of the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup, where he played very well and posted good numbers.
Milicevic is set to have a big senior season in the prep school ranks. Congratulations to him and his family, as well as the Dream City program and also the AZ Unity club program on this amazing accomplishment by him.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Milicevic plays like an international-born player, as he has a pure shooting stroke with unlimited range. He has a quick release on his shot, and is able to get his shot off quite well against quick defenders. He also can post up and shoot over defenders and has a very advanced feel for the game, which allows him to see cutters and find the open man on the floor. He is a good ball handler for his size, and has good overall versatility as a player. He is a solid rebounder but should improve in this area a great deal over time, as he mature physically and gains more explosiveness. A solid team defender that will also need to focus on this area to maximize his potential as a player and as a prospect. A good looking overall prospect that should see early minutes at the right college fit.