Star-Bulletin Sports

Monday, September 24, 2001



Radovic leaves Rainbows

By Dave Reardon

Bosko Radovic will not return to the Hawaii basketball team this season, coach Riley Wallace said.

Radovic, who is in his native Yugoslavia, is not returning for personal reasons, the coach said.

The Rainbows cannot fill Radovic's open scholarship for two years, Wallace said.

Last year as a freshman, the 6-foot-9 forward played in five games before a season-ending injury. He averaged 5.8 points and 3.4 rebounds.

"Anybody we lose is big. He got some experience last year and he's talented," Wallace said. "But we have a lot of depth, especially at that position."

Sophomore Phil Martin replaced Radovic last year and made the Western Athletic Conference all-newcomer team. The Rainbows also have seniors Mindaugas Burneika and Predrag Savovic and incoming players LucArthur Vebobe, Paul Jesinskis and Tony Akpan -- all forwards.

Wallace also said their is no new word on the status of Savovic, the all-WAC performer who could lose all or some of his remaining NCAA eligibility.

At issue is how many games Savovic played with or against professionals in his native Yugoslavia.

Vebobe and Radovic are also among hundreds of players from foreign countries whose backgrounds the NCAA is looking into. Wallace said that has no bearing on Radovic's decision to not return to UH.

The Rainbows, who won the WAC Tournament last year and advanced to the NCAA tournament, officially open practice Oct. 15.

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