ANCHORAGE – Men’s basketball coach Rusty Osborne has announced the first commitment for the Alaska Anchorage 2019 recruiting class, announcing Wednesday that Oggie Pantovic has signed a financial aid agreement to play for the Seawolves.
A 6-8, 225-pound forward, Pantovic earned Second Team All-SWAC/NJCAA Region 18 honors as a sophomore at Utah State Eastern in 2018-19, averaging 12.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
“We are very excited to add Oggie to our program. He checks all the boxes as both a player and individual,” Osborne said. “On the floor, he is versatile, with the ability to play inside and out. He has an excellent post game but can also stretch the floor as a three-point threat. He’s very intelligent defensively, rebounds at a high level and has the ability to draw charges.”
Originally from Kovin, Serbia, Pantovich produced eight double-doubles last season, with solid shooting numbers of .528 overall, .407 (22 of 54) from three-point range and .707 (70 of 99) at the free throw line. Among his big games were 28 points, nine rebounds and five steals in a narrow loss to Arizona Western and 24 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in a victory over Williston State.
“Oggie’s numbers would have been even more impressive if not for a late-season ankle injury,” Osborne added. “Traditionally, players from the SWAC/Region 18 have carried over their statistical production to our program.”
As a freshman at Utah State Eastern, Pantovic averaged 5.9 points and 5.8 rebounds in just 13.5 minutes per game, while shooting 55 percent from the field.
“Off the court, Oggie is a good student and he really hit it off with our returning players and staff on his visit to Alaska,” Osborne said. “He has an infectious personality that I believe everyone in Anchorage will enjoy. Coach (Adjalma) Becheli, coach (Curtis) Condie and coach (Ray) Jones were awesome during the recruiting process and (UAA assistant) coach (Ryan) Orton did a tremendous job leading the recruiting efforts.”
In his final season of high school basketball in Serbia, Pantovic led Ekonomska Skola Branko Radicevic to third place at its district championships.
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