Hawaii basketball’s Stefan Jankovic has decided to forego his final year of eligibility and will enter the NBA Draft, the junior forward announced in a UH release today.
Jankovic was named the Big West Player of the Year for leading the league champion Rainbow Warriors in scoring (15.6) and rebounding (6.6). He was instrumental in the team’s recent NCAA Tournament run and record of 28-6.
“I would like to thank the state of Hawaii for all the great memories but I feel the time is right for me to declare for the draft and I’m in the process of hiring an agent,” Jankovic said in the release. “After the great season I experienced with my coaches and teammates, I discussed this decision with my family and we felt it was best for me to begin my professional career. I will always call Hawaii home and this place gave me a second chance after I transferred from Missouri.
“I would like to thank my coaches for always pushing me, my teammates for the great season we had, and to all of the fans for their support during this truly amazing year. In my two years at Hawaii, I’ve had some of the best times of my life and Hawaii will always have a special place in my heart. Aloha and mahalo.”
Jankovic is among four UH juniors who’ve been weighing staying in Manoa or moving on with an NCAA postseason ban in place for 2016-17.
“We thank Stefan for his contributions to not only our basketball program but to this university and the state of Hawaii,” UH coach Eran Ganot said in the release. “He is a fine young man who comes from a tremendous family, and he’s worked hard for this opportunity. More important than basketball, Janks is on pace to graduate, which we, along with his family are very proud of.
“In his short time here, Janks entrenched himself in the community and has said Hawaii will always be home. He has our complete and unconditional support. In just one year, Stefan went from a non-all-conference player to Big West Player of the Year on an NCAA Tournament team and that’s a testament to his hard work, dedication and sacrifice to the game. His future is bright and I look forward to following his career.”
The NBA Draft is on June 23.