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UH basketball team gets commit from ex-Missouri forward

By Brian McInnis

LAST UPDATED: 12:25 p.m. HST, Dec 22, 2013

The Hawaii basketball team got a midseason commitment from former Missouri forward Stefan Jankovic Saturday.

Jankovic, a 6-foot-11 sophomore born in Serbia and raised in Ontario, Canada, transferred out from Mizzou on Nov. 22. He played briefly against UH on Nov. 16 in Kansas City, grabbing a single rebound.

He visited the Manoa campus this week and said he notified UH coach Gib Arnold of his decision this afternoon.

"In talking to my family today, I decided I wanted to commit to Hawaii and come to Honolulu," Jankovic said in a phone interview Saturday. "The deciding factor was definitely the opportunity to come in and play. I had a good two-hour convo with Coach while I was there, just talked to me about using my versatility and playing how I like to play. Another big thing was the family atmosphere."

Jankovic will enroll at UH for the spring semester and be eligible to play in mid-December of 2014, giving him essentially a little more than two and a half years of eligibility. 

For his freshman season of 2012-13 at MU, he averaged 3.0 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. He was up to 3.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in three games as a sophomore, but his playing time dropped sharply after posting nine points and five rebounds in the first game of the Tigers' season.

His strong ties with UH sophomore Negus Webster-Chan, himself an ex-Mizzou player and Ontario native, put the Rainbow Warriors on his radar, he said.

UH has another Serbian-born big man in freshman center Stefan Jovanovic.

"One of us needs a nickname," Jankovic said.

UH (7-2) opens play in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on Sunday night against Boise State (8-2) at the Stan Sheriff Center.

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lyleshiz wrote:
I like the humor from Stefan Jankovic
on December 21,2013 | 04:54PM
Pocho wrote:
Jan and Vo (jan ken po)
on December 21,2013 | 05:15PM
krusha wrote:
Since one is an inch taller than the other, they can call one of them Big Stef and the other Little Stef. :)
on December 22,2013 | 07:43AM
STARA25 wrote:
Well, well, well - ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER !!! Glad you woke-up in time (there's no sense to delay. Opportunity can disappeared fast). Welcome to the Warriors' Ohana, the home of developing talented MBB players. Talk is cheap - Time to start working hard; be all-in TEAM synergist; earned your successes liked Standhardinger. made yourself the chance for the next level! It was wise of you to consult your parents, close friend, coaches for the commitment. Once you're in Paradise, just do what Coach Gib wants you to, for he's the chess-master who makes you a WINNER! You shall be known as jan'KO of Hawaii and, your compatriot's as jo'VAN of Hawaii!?
on December 21,2013 | 05:34PM
AhiPoke wrote:
Yeehaa!!! He appears to be a great get for the team. A big guy who can handle the ball and shoot. MU fans are upset with their coaching staff for causing this to happen.
on December 21,2013 | 07:05PM
Anonymous wrote:
You can't coach 2 things...speed and height...AWESOME...now if he can only play like Christian and "4-2". GO 'BOWS.....
on December 21,2013 | 10:32PM
jkjones wrote:
If Jankovic becomes eligible in mid-December 2014, he will be able to play in 21 games for the warriors. That does not include the BWT and post season play. He will also be able to train and practice with the team from January on. He made a great move and will have more than ample time to show case his assets and make a statement to coach Arnold for serious PT. Huge get for Hawaii if this player is the real deal!
on December 22,2013 | 01:29PM
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