As it continues to reshape its roster, the Virginia men’s basketball program looked overseas for its latest addition. The program confirmed Thursday that it has added top international prospect Igor Milicic Jr., a Polish forward.
Milicic, who holds dual citizenship in Poland and Croatia, is the second member of UVa’s 2021 recruiting class. He joins Taine Murray, an Australian prospect.
“I think with the help of Coach Bennett, I can become a great athlete as well as a great young adult,” Milicic said in a statement. “I can guarantee you that I am going to do everything necessary for the team to get better every day.”
Milicic can help fill a role as a scoring wing for UVa. Listed at 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds, Milicic can shoot the ball from the perimeter while also scoring inside. Milicic gives Virginia a weapon on the wing for years to come.
He most recently played in 21 games for Orange Academy Ratiopharm in the German Pro B league in 2020-21. Milicic shot 45% from the field and 33% from 3-point range. He averaged 13.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in those 21 contests. He also played in three games in Germany’s top professional league, the BBL.
The forward also played for the Polish national team in February.
“Igor is a skilled and versatile player with good size and length,” Bennett said in a statement. “We are excited about his potential and look forward to him joining our program.”
His addition could prove particularly valuable this upcoming season. Forward Trey Murphy III is considering leaving UVa for the NBA, which would take away one of the team’s most valuable wing contributors. Milicic, as well as East Carolina transfer Jayden Gardner, can help add scoring at the forward position. If Murphy stays, the Wahoos would be loaded in the frontcourt in 2021-22.
Adding Milicic gives the Cavaliers two remaining open scholarships for the 2021-22 season, assuming Murphy returns to school. If Murphy leaves for the NBA, UVa has three scholarships available for next season.