Serbian forward is a freshman

Updated: December 20, 2003, 9:59 PM ET
Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Arizona Wildcats (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) added some much-needed depth to their front line Saturday when Serbian forward Ivan Radenovic joined the team.

Radenovic, 6 foot 10 and 218 pounds, graduated from the Secondary School of Sports in Belgrade, Sebria-Montenegro, in May and played two seasons for the KK Partizan youth team.

The 19-year-old freshman will be eligible Dec. 28.

"He is fundamentally sound and has the skills to play both inside and out," Arizona coach Lute Olson said. "He is a nice addition and should help us immediately."

The Wildcats have been using essentially a six-man rotation since reserve power forward Isaiah Fox went down with a season-ending knee injury in the opener against Florida.

Radenovic will have to sit out Arizona's game Monday against San Diego State because of an NCAA infraction involving his amateur status. Last spring, he played two minutes in a pro contest.

Arizona and the NCAA determined that Radenovic's eligibility would be restored after the one-game suspension.

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