DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire of men's basketball coach Phil Rowe announced today that Australian Blagoj Janev has signed a national letter of intent to join the Wildcats for the 2003-04 season.
A 6-8, 220 pound forward, Janev is the second foreign born player to come to UNH in as many years, joining wing Ioannis Karalis of Athens, Greece. A member of the Australian Under 20 National Team for this July's World Championships in Malaysia, Janev has been a regular on Australian junior national teams for the last four years.
Janev played the last two seasons with the Australian Institute of Sport Team, averaging 13 points per game and six rebounds per game last season. A low post player who can also shoot from beyond the arc, Janev shot 40 percent (30 for 75) from three-point range for the season.
"Blagoj brings a multitude of skills that will help make this year's recruiting class the strongest group we've added to the program thus far," said Rowe. "His high-intensity will be a welcome addition this fall. That fact that Blagoj has played and contributed to one of the strongest under 20 national teams in the world will instantly make him a solid contributor in his first season here."
Most recently, Janev played for the New South Wales Team at Australian Under 20 National Championships, leading his team to the finals while averaging 17 points per game and six rebounds per game. Janev shot 9 for 15 from three-point range for the tournament.
Janev, born in Macedonia, moved to Sydney, Australia at age 11. Janev joins an already impressive 2003-04 recruiting class that includes 6-3 wing Alray Taylor (Roxbury, Mass.) and 6-7 forwards Damione Liddell (Omaha, Neb.) and Craig Walls (Minneapolis, Minn.).