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Kravic To Make Rare CIS-to-D1 Leap

Posted on 10. Jul, 2011 by Barry Hayes in Canada Spotlight


It may not be the usual path to attend an NCAA Division 1 basketball program, but 6’10” forward Dejan Kravic (London, ON/Westminster ’09) has his future set there after committing to Rice University (Houston, Texas) of Conference USA. He will transfer from Toronto’s York University of the CIS after two seasons and will be required to sit out the 2011-12 season as per NCAA rules.

“What stood out with Rice was that it's an emerging basketball program and a top notch academic school,” said Kravic. “When I went on my visit, I felt a good vibe with the coaches and players, and I really enjoyed the campus and the city of Houston.”

Kravic is coming off of another successful season with the York Lions, where he was named an OUA East Second Team All-Star after registering 15.6 ppg, 9.6 rpg, and 2.0 apg. As an athletic big man with an incredible wingspan, he also led the CIS last season with 2.3 blocks per game.

“I had interest from several other schools, but the ones I was considering besides Rice were the University of California and the University of Nevada,” added Kravic.

Rice also welcomes point guard Dylan Ennis (Brampton, ON/Lake Forest Academy) in their recruiting class for this fall.

The last CIS player to transfer to an NCAA Division 1 school was Luiz de Toledo after the 2007-08 season, when he left the St. Francis Xavier X-Men to join the University of Idaho Vandals.

Photo of Dejan from www.yorklions.ca

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