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Men's Hoops: Getting to Know Ozren Bjelogrlic`
With 17 days remaining until the tip of the 2007-08 season, the series continues with the newcomers to the program, giving fans an early glance at the new faces. In this edition, we will get a look at freshman Ozren Bjelogrlic`.
The File on Mr. Bjelogrlic`
Bjelogrlic` is a 6-7 forward from Ploce, Croatia. Bjelogrlic` spent his senior year of high school in the United States, playing at national power Decatur Christian in Decatur, Ill., during the 2006-07 season.
In his lone season with Decatur Christian, Bjelogrlic` averaged 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds for a team that was ranked as high as sixth in the nation and recorded a 65-63, overtime win against then third-ranked DeMatha (Md.), on Dec. 7, 2006 at the St. Louis Shootout.
Bjelogrlic` played club basketball in Croatia prior to coming to America. In his final year of club basketball before enrolling at Decatur Christian, Bjelogrlic` averaged 24.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
Ritchie McKay on Ozren Bjelogrlic` on Signing Day
"Ozren adds immediate depth to our front line. Like most European players, he is highly skilled and has a great feel for the game. I think he has a chance to come in and play as a freshman. Coming from an excellent high school program, coached by Alan Huss, who played at Creighton, it was a real blessing to get Ozren at such a late stage in the recruiting period."
Nickname: Ozi, Obi
Prized Possession: My family
Favorite Food: Fish
Least Favorite Food: Hamburgers
Biggest Fear: The Ocean
Favorite Sports Movie: Blue Chips
I Wish I Was Better at: Playing the guitar and drums
Best Athlete I Played against: Vasily Karashev
What I Am Most Proud Of: Coming to the U.S. and being able to play at Liberty
Best Advice Ever Received (From Who?): Be strong and calm (My father)
The Most Impressive Thing About Coach McKay: His connection with the players
Best Friend Playing College Basketball At Another School (Where?): Mario Stula (DePaul)
Team I Would Add To The Schedule: DePaul
The Player On The Team Who Will Most Surprise People This Season: B.J. Jenkins
Favorite Sport Other Than Basketball: Soccer, water polo and handball
Shoe Size: 13
Number Of Songs On My iPod: Too many to remember
Best Vacation Spot I Have Been To: Croatia
My Best Advice To Kids: Think for yourself