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Calipari on Ivisic: “He is an elite shot blocker”


Kentucky and Zvonimir Ivisic made things official earlier this week when the 7-foot-2 prospect from Croatia officially signed his letter-of-intent to attend Kentucky.

Ivisic is the final piece to Kentucky’s 2023-24 roster, one Kentucky desperately needed for frontcourt depth with injuries to Aaron Bradshaw and Ugonna Onyenso.

“I decided to come to Kentucky because it is the best spot in the U.S. for talented basketball players,” Ivisic said. “Coach Calipari is a Hall of Fame coach that has helped more players get to the NBA than anyone else.”

Ivisic averaged 11.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game in the FIBA U20 European Championship this summer

Ivisic adds elite rim protection to the defensive end while still creating space on the offensive end of the floor, where he connected on 34-percent of his three-point attempts during FIBA U20 European Championship.

“Big Z is a dynamic and modern big who has guard-like skills but can make a major impact around the rim,” Calipari said. “Defensively, he is an elite shot blocker who moves well for being 7-foot-2 and can impact the game from the outside-in because of his ability to make 3s. As excited as he is to play for us, I’m just as excited to have the opportunity to coach him. We can’t wait to get him to campus to get integrated with our team and our culture.”


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