Lions Pick Up 6’11” 235 Pound Center STEFAN JOVANOVIC

Rainbow Warriors lose to the Long Beach State 49ers

By Lions Roar Staff

Center Stefan Jovanovic, a 6’11” 235 pound center, is transferring from University of Hawaii to LMU, University of Hawaii coach Eran Ganot announced on Saturday to Hawaii News Now. Jovanovic will be immediately eligible and have a huge impact on the Lion’s team next year.

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Jovanovic, a junior, is from Kraljevo, Serbia, via Bishop Montgomery High. A backup this year, he was slated to be a starter for Hawaii next season. An excellent student, Jovanovic was a Big West Academic All-Conference player last year. As a junior this year, Jovanovic appeared in all 34 games off the bench for the Rainbows, after starting 10 games his sophomore year. He ranked fourth in the Big West in blocked shots (1.1 per game), while shooting .508 from the field and .723 from the line. Although he only played about 15 minutes a game this season, he played 28 minutes in Hawaii’s upset of California in the NCAA tournament this year.

Jovanovic brings excellent size, rebounding and shot-blocking skills to the center position. He is an old school back-to-the basket post player, very similar to former LMU star Chris Ayer. Jovanovic can finish with both hands, has a fairly effective hook shot, and will be a powerful interior defensive presence for the Lions.

Check out his highlights from his sophomore year here. You’ll see why we’re excited:

Jovanovic is a high-motor hustler and banger whose minutes were limited as he played behind Big West Player of the Year, Stefan Jankovic. He should really blossom at LMU with more playing time and being away from Hawaii’s three guard-oriented offense.

Wait a minute! We know what you’re thinking: Was that a typo? Stefan Jovanovic was playing behind Stefan Jankovic?

No typo, here’s a link to a video that explains it:

The Two Stephs 

To get to know our SJ, check out these links to video interviews over the last couple of years:

Meet (From 2 years ago) 

Catching up (Also from 2 years ago)

Catching up (from this year) 

University Of Hawaii's F Mike Thomas (25) defends as C Stefan Jovanovic (15) brings the ball down during the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior Basketball Scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 4th, 2014 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, HI. (Photo by Andrew Lee / HMSWIRE)

 

Welcome Stefan! We can’t wait to see you in a Lion’s uniform!