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Mislav Brzoja took down America with 9 points


Jeremy Lamb failed the nation.

It was a muggy July day in Riga, Latvia last summer when Croatia upset the United States of America in the FIBA U19 World Championship. UConn guard Jeremy Lamb, who had a game-high 25 points, had a chance to even the score for America in the closing seconds but his floater was off the mark to end the game. The second-round pool play loss was the USA National Team’s first in six games.

America was led by NCAA stars like Lamb, Joe Jackson of Memphis, Florida’s Patric Young, Creighton’s Doug McDermott, and Tim Hardaway Jr. from Michigan.

Croatia’s roster featured Croatian household names (assuming Croatian households follow U19 basketball) like Toni Katic, Boris Barac, and Mislav Brzoja.

Now, Brzoja, who scored nine points and dished three assists on the home of the brave, is on UK’s big board as a potential option at guard for next season. He’ll visit Lexington today, not one year removed from that catastrophic day in Latvia.

And we’re ok with that because he is good and Kentucky could use another guard.

We forgive you, Mislav.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

25 Comments for Mislav Brzoja took down America with 9 points



  1. Culver
    10:48 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Is he “gangsta” like Lyons?



  2. cracka
    10:49 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    today is wednesday, are you trying to confuse us?



  3. Drew Franklin
    10:50 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    It’s not Tuesday? Shit. My bad.



  4. Ridge Runner
    11:13 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    How do ya pronounce his last name in case he comes aboard and we are like drooling and studdering in order to get thru it?



  5. Ridge Runner
    11:13 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    My attempt… Bro-sia??



  6. Han
    11:14 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Bennett needs to take his visits.

    Also, now that Bazz is at UCLA, will we ever hear another peep about the issues that led Emmert to warn off schools recruiting him?

    At least, will we hear another peep before UCLA falls apart or after the season when Bazz goes pro and UCLA finally has some repercussions for all the crap Howland has let go on?



  7. Word
    11:25 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Great point 6. We need to get the KRS reporting staff all up in that mess.



  8. Big Richard P
    11:26 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Did Cal run out of money or something? He is starting to turn into Tubby Smith 2.0, I for one love it!



  9. Mack
    11:27 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    If he signs with the CATS he will become a good ole Kentucky boy.



  10. spaldball
    11:37 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t know why, but I really really want this kid to come to Uk. We shouldn’t get involved with low character guys like mark lyons. Mislav could add a new dimension to the dribble drive with his european style of play



  11. NotSatire
    12:09 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I like the idea of signing this kid.



  12. AMIRITE
    12:12 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    come at me Brzoja



  13. G
    12:22 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Is Konner Tucker still available? He would make a good third guard.



  14. l james
    12:37 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    For all those interested. He got 9 points against (on excellent shooting) the U.S. I believe mr. Mcdermott and mr. Hardaway each got 9. The kid was only 17 at the time , playing against many 19 year olds. He didn’t turn 18 until January 2012. TRUST IN CAL.



  15. MKG fan
    12:38 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    He sure is “crafty” and plays with a “high basketball IQ”.



  16. edgehoops
    12:44 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    There is not a lot of video of him in this one. He did give a nice fist pump and…oh yeah he got dunked on by Patrick Young. Still, the kid must be able to play/shoot or the Kentucky staff would not be going after him.



  17. edgehoops
    12:46 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Actually, after futher review that may be Katic that got dunked on, hard to tell.



  18. sdc
    12:51 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    the way you pronounce it, is like this more or less: “Br” like you would say birch, “zo” like you would say zone, and “ja” like you would say young.

    i’m originally from croatia



  19. Figure The Facts
    12:53 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Where’s RYNO?… I am wondering if he has any Al Sharpton like comments about players from Croatia.



  20. Ridge Runner
    12:58 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    18…thx. that helped.



  21. Culver
    1:42 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    19) LOL!



  22. Left Out
    2:25 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    What number was he?



  23. Lovely
    2:45 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    8. Because Tubby would have gotten Nerlens Noel?



  24. Figure The Facts
    2:51 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    8) Kind of interesting that UofL is never among the list of schools being considered by the top recruits. Why is that?

    Also, are you have dinner at Porcini’s tonight?… if so, avoid the Italian sausage



  25. Figure The Facts
    2:53 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Q.24 being asked of the Poster at 8, Big Richard P