Updated: Aug 25
Good morning and happy Tuesday ladies and gentlemen. In what could potentially be the first time ever a commit has picked Kentucky while Calipari (and the rest of BBN) was asleep, the Croation unicorn announced on his Instagram Story that he will be attending the University of Kentucky.
"I got the offer for scholarship by Coach Calipari to attend the University of Kentucky. I'm excited to tell that I accepted the scholarship and I will play there next season. Go Big Blue!!" he said in his announcement.
If you have not watched tape on Ivisic, you are missing out. The center shows explosiveness to the rim as well as a deep three range. Ivisic plays very "fluid" for his size and has a keen eye for playing vertically and blocking shots. In his 4-year career, the 19-year-old has played for 2 teams in which he averaged 7.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 33 games.
With uncertainty around the center position following an injury of Ugonna Onyenso that required surgery in his foot, Ivisic will likely contribute immediately once practice begins this October. On the injury front, Aaron Bradshaw announced recently that he will be cleared to play August the 9th.
According to Jonathan Givony of ESPN, Ivisic is not draft-eligible until 2025 unless he declares as an "Early Entry Candidate."
In most years, the basketball program has many scholarship spots left empty on the roster. After multiple seasons of injury build-up, a long overdue demand from the fans has finally come to light. Now John Calipari is providing overkill on the depth chart and I don't think anyone is complaining about it. As we've already seen with the offseason injuries of those two listed above, it seems to be a good idea.
The 7'2" big man will eligible to play this season once he arrives.