Serbian was at game Sunday

Updated: December 15, 2003, 9:31 PM ET
Associated press

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 posted.

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 small forward.

When center Channing Frye is off the court, freshman Kirk Walters has struggled, so Olson often has gone with 6-6 Andre Iguodala at center and 6-4 super-jumper Hassan Adams at power forward.

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.