Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 246 lbs
Hometown: Strasbourg, France
High School: IMG Academy
Alex Gavrilovic returns for his junior campaign in 2013-14. The 6-9 big man has displayed soft hands and a good shooting touch around the basket.
Gavrilovic played much more comfortably in the center position compared to the power forward position. He shifted positions due to the injury of fellow big man, Josh Benson, during the 2011-12 season.
Gavrilovic stepped up his play when Benson went down in 2011-12. He averaged 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10 games before the Benson injury and 4.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 20 games when Benson was out. Since then Gavrilovic has remained more comfortable playing the center position and on the block for the Flyers.
Gavrilovic had a major set-back prior to the 2012-13 season as he got mononucleosis. It sapped the tremendous summer that Gavrilovic had prior to the 2012-13 season. Gavrilovic had to fight through it for the beginning of his sophomore season.
The Flyers are hoping that a strong Gavrilovic will be ready to open the 2013-14 season and play a vital role in the Flyers’ frontcourt.
Alex Gavrilovic played in 22 games during his sophomore campaign. Overall, he played 180 minutes (8.2 mpg) and scored 43 points (2.0 ppg). For the second consecutive season, Gavrilovic shot a high percentage from the field. In his freshman season, he converted 54.9% of his shots from the field. In his sophomore season, he upped that to 59.4% (19-of-32).
In the opener against Arkansas State, Gavrilovic scored four points and hauled in two rebounds. In the next game against Colorado, he scored four points on a perfect 2-of-2 shooting from the field.
In the game against Illinois State, Gavrilovic scored a season-high eight points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the field. At USC, he tallied four points.
Against Fordham, Gavrilovic netted four points and hauled in three rebounds. At UMass, he scored four points and snagged three rebounds.
Alex Gavrilovic played in 30 games during his freshman season, earning him the team’s Thomas M. Luppe Award, which is presented to team’s top freshman. He played a total of 388 minutes (12.9 mpg), scoring 121 points (4.0 ppg) and hauling in 85 rebounds (2.8 rpg). Gavrilovic shot an outstanding .549 percent from the field (50-of-91).
Gavrilovic earned the Atlantic 10’s Rookie of the Week Award on Dec. 19 after he had 14 points and six rebounds against Florida International. Coming into that game he had scored 13 points in the first seven games he played, and he topped that in one night. He scored 12 points and hauled in seven rebounds in the overtime victory versus Saint Louis. At Saint Bonaventure, Gavrilovic netted 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. Against La Salle, he scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting.
In the home victory over rival Xavier, Gavrilovic scored seven points. Against Rhode Island, he netted six points. At Xavier, Gavrilovic scored six points and hauled in four rebounds. At Richmond, he had six points on 3-of-5 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. In the NIT First Round at Iowa, Gavrilovic scored six points and snagged seven rebounds.
Alex Gavrilovic is a 6-9, 230-pound power forward from Strasbourg, France. He committed to Providence to be part of its 2010 recruiting class, but was unable to play there due to complications in transferring his French scholastic credits. Because of this, he is considered an international transfer and has four years to complete his four years of eligibility.
He sat out the 2010-11 season and worked with Dan Barto at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, to improve his basketball skills while taking academic coursework to ensure his eligibility.
Even though he did not play in the winter of 2010-11 in the United States, Gavrilovic won a gold medal in 2010 at the European championships in Zadar, Croatia with the French U-20 National Basketball Team and worked out against pros who train at IMG. At IMG in 2009-10, he played 67 games against some of the best prep school and junior college competition in the country.
Dayton Career Statistics
Dayton Career Highs
Points: 14, FIU (12/17/11)
Rebounds: 7, Saint Louis (1/4/12); at Iowa (3/12/12)
Assists: 1, at St. Bonaventure (1/11/12), Xavier (1/21/12), Massachusetts (2/25/12), George Washington (3/6/12)
Steals: 1, UNC-Wilmington (11/19/11); vs Xavier (3/9/12)
Blocks: 1, Wake Forest (11/24/11), Ole Miss (12/30/11), at Saint Joseph's (1/25/12), at Saint Louis (2/4/12), at Xavier (2/18/12), at Richmond (2/29/12)
FGs Made: 5, FIU (12/17/11); at St. Bonaventure (1/11/12)
FT Made: 4, FIU (12/17/11); Saint Louis (1/4/12)
Arnold Stein (1950-51), Chris Harris (1951-52), Jack Salle (1952-55), Bob Jacoby (1955-56), Paul Shafer (1956-58), Bill Cramsey (1958-60), Don Smith (1960-63), Jack Warrell (1964-66), John Von Lehman (1970-74), Eric Matthews (1984-88), John Richter (1990-94), Matt Hogan (2006-07), Logan Nourse (2007-10).