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Zvonimir Ivisic Cleared To Play By NCAA

Many were beginning to wonder if the "Croatian Sensation", Zvonimir Ivisic, or "Big Z" would ever get cleared by the NCAA to play in the 2023-24 season. It looks like today he did.

Ivisic committed to Kentucky way back in the summer on August 1st. It has been a long journey, 172 days to be exact, to get the big man cleared to play in his first NCAA game. Big Z arrived on campus back on October 12th, the day before Big Blue Madness and it was said that he had a 45-day window to get approved by the NCAA to play with this year's Kentucky team. He has also had several different "illnesses" since arriving at Kentucky, mostly stomach issues and some high-grade fevers that has held him back some as well according to Kentucky head coach, John Calipari. With February on the horizon, one has to wonder now what kind of impact he'll have on this team now that he is cleared to play.

With the addition of Ivisic, Kentucky now has their full frontcourt for the first time all season. With injuries involving Aaron Bradshaw and Ugonna Onyenso to debut the season, Kentucky will soon have their full roster once Adou Theiro finds his way back into the rotation, barring anything crazy happening.

It is never a bad thing to have another 7'2" big man on the roster that can come in and give you minutes if someone potentially gets in foul trouble or even with an injury. Ivisic was very impressive in his home country of Croatia as he averaged 11.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game in the FIBA U20 European Championship. Hopefully this type of play will transition into his career in the NCAA as well but there is only one way to find out and that is to let him get on the court.

Finally, the gate has opened.

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