Mislav Brzoja Gives Villanova A Backcourt Boost
With the program in on the downswing as of late, Villanova basketball could use some good news. In 2009-10 and 2010-11, the Wildcats ended the season in a funk, including two early NCAA-Tournament exits and last season, 'Nova didn't even get the chance to play in the postseason. This offseason, underclassmen Maalik Wayns and Dominic Cheek, the team's top two scorers entered the NBA Draft only to go undrafted and only adding to the news, assistant coach Doug Martin was forced to resign after resume inaccuracies. But Villanova finally got some good news when 6'5" Croatian guard Mirslav Brzoja committed to the team.
Earlier this month, Brzoja averaged 15 points a game in the FIBA U-18 European Championships, 9th best of the field. Playing off top prospect Dario Saric, Brzoja slashed to the lane, attacking defenders with a springy bounce and decent length. His aggressive play drew nearly four fouls a game from opponents, getting to the foul line and connecting with his opportunities. But Brzoja's aggressive play was also a downside as he also turned the ball over 3 times a game over the eight games and launched 50 3-point attempts in this span. The trigger-happy Brzoja has potential to succeed for Villanova next season, especially given the void in the backcourt, but he needs to improve his decision-making and perimeter shooting.
By NBA-DRAFT.com Staff Writer - 8- 25 - 12