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UAA men’s basketball team adds a 6-9 forward

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: April 23, 2020
  • Published April 23, 2020

A man who played with UAA’s Oggie Pantovic in junior college is reuniting with his former teammate.

Vojtech Ruzek, a 6-foot-9 forward from Utah State-East, will join the UAA men’s basketball team as a junior transfer.

Ruzek was a backup to Pantovic as a freshman and an all-conference honorable mention pick as a sophomore. He started every game as a sophomore, averaging 9.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting 57% from the field.

Ruzek is UAA’s first player from the Czech Republic, and he’ll give UAA an international frontcourt. Pantovic, a forward who was UAA’s leading scorer and rebounder last season, is from Serbia.

UAA coach Rusty Osborne said Ruzek is long, lean and versatile, with “the ability to shoot the open three, drive past slower defenders and post up as well.”

“We expect him to impact the game in many ways,” Osborne said in a release from UAA.

Ruzek is the team’s fourth new recruit, joining Division II transfers Tyson Gilbert of Colorado State-Pueblo and Hunter Sweet of Concordia-Portland and incoming freshman Isaiah Moses of Dimond High.

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