Davidson wrapped up its 2018 basketball recruiting class this week with the addition of Luka Brajkovic, a 6-foot-10 forward from Austria.
Brajkovic, whom Wildcats coach Bob McKillop thinks can contribute immediately, signed his letter of intent in April and was recently accepted to school by Davidson’s Faculty Admissions Committee.
He will be one of four freshmen on next season’s Wildcats team, joining guards Michael Jones and David Czerapowicz and forward Nelson Boachie-Yiadom.
“Luka is a perfect fit for us,” said McKillop, who loses five seniors from last season’s Atlantic 10 tournament championship team, including conference co-player of the year Peyton Aldridge. “He has versatility and is an inside-outside player. He is skilled, has a great work ethic, wants to get better and is really a student of the game.”
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Brajkovic, who is in Austria’s national team program and played in the 2017 FIBA U-18 European Championship B Division in Estonia, also had interest from Penn State, Stanford and Purdue. He speaks four languages fluently – English, German, Serbian and French.
“Luka is going to have to make the transition to the speed of the college game in the U.S.,” McKillop said. “He’ll be going against an athletic profile in Division I players that he is not accustomed to. That’s not been a big part of his past. But, skill-wise, and with his attitude, he’s going to adjust.”
With the addition of Brajkovic, Sweden’s Czerapowicz and England’s Boachie-Yiadom, Davidson’s roster will continue to have an international flavor. The Wildcats had five international players on the team last season.
Although Davidson loses forwards Aldridge, Oskar Michelsen and Will Magarity and guards Rusty Reigel and Jordan Watkins to graduation, McKillop is pleased with the quality of their replacements, and that goes beyond the freshmen. Guard Luke Frampton and forwards Nathan Ekwu and Dusan Kovacevic – who each missed some or all of last season with injuries – will be back at full strength.
“That makes the quality and quantity of guys coming into fill those holes as good as we’ve ever had,” McKillop said.
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