Alex Gavrilovic, IMG Academy basketball program alum, has not been playing basketball long but he is expected to make an impact on the boards this year for the Dayton Flyers.
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Basketball was a late discovery for Gavrilovic. He said he had only begun playing the game for a short time when he was invited to attend the IMG Academy basketball program in Brandenton, Fla., when he was 17. The IMG Academies are live-in sports training programs that allow athletes to compete and receive an education. It was at IMG where Gavrilovic was exposed to the American style of basketball.
"First time, was two years ago playing for IMG Academy," he said. "American basketball is different from European [basketball> just ... it's a faster game. More tough, too. It's a process. It was hard in the beginning, but just keep working and little by little started playing American basketball."
"He's going to be a great player," senior forward Luke Fabirizus said. "He's got a great knack for rebounding. He's going to be a great one. He can shoot it. He can put it on the floor. He'll only get better with coach Miller in his development. He'll be a
Redshirt senior guard Josh Parker said Gavrilovic added 19 pounds to his frame over the summer. Parker said even though Gavrilovic is a freshman, Dayton still will be relying upon his rebounding skills.
"He's a rebounding machine," Parker said. "He proved it over in Europe that he can play hard, bang down there in the post and rebound. We're going to look forward for him being down there."
Gavrilovic said he is primarily a post player, but likes to shoot the ball from the outside. He said his goal on the court is to "be the toughest man to defend." He also said he would try to grab as many rebounds as the team needs.