TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) could get some much needed front-line help soon in 6-foot-9 Serbian Ivan Radenovic.
Team spokesman Richard Paige said Monday he could not comment on potential recruits under NCAA rules, but the 19-year-old forward attended Saturday's game against Marquette at McKale Center.
The university cannot talk about recruits until they sign a
national letter-of-intent or enroll in the school. An official
announcement that he has joined the team could come as early as Saturday, the day after the semester ends and all grades are
If Radenovic enrolls, he could be eligible to play Dec. 22 against San Diego State.
Radenovic is a friend of Phoenix Suns rookie Zarko Cabarkapa.
With the Suns in Sacramento, Cabarkapa told The Arizona Republic that he has never played in a game against Radenovic but has seen him play and said he's a good shooter with an inside-outside game.
"Everybody in Yugoslavia talks about him as a great player, dominant," Cabarkapa said. "I don't know why he doesn't sign a (pro) contract. He's very good."
Arizona (4-1) lost its top frontcourt reserve when Isaiah Fox
went down with a season-ending knee injury in the loss to Florida.
Since then, the Wildcats have gone with essentially a six-man
rotation with Chris Rodgers filling in at both guard positions and
Foreign students who transfer to Arizona fall under the same
rules as incoming freshmen, with transcripts and test scores
evaluated by the NCAA Clearinghouse for any eligibility concerns.
If the NCAA clears the student, he can join the team immediately
once admitted by the school.