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McKay Adds Bjelogrlic` to Men's Basketball Roster

August 20, 2007  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Ritchie McKay adds Ozren Bjelogrlic` to the 2007-08 roster.

Ritchie McKay adds Ozren Bjelogrlic` to the 2007-08 roster.

Liberty Men's Basketball Head Coach Ritchie McKay has announced the addition of Ozren Bjelogrlic` to the roster for the 2007-08 academic year.

Bjelogrlic` is a 6-7 forward from Ploce, Croatia and received the final scholarship McKay had available for the academic year. Eligible to play right away, 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.

"Ozren adds immediate depth to our front line," said McKay. "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," added McKay.

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.

"Ozren comes from an excellent high school program coached by Alan Huss, who played at Creighton," commented McKay. "It was a real blessing to get Ozren at such a late stage in the recruiting period."

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.