Just as University of Utah officials broke ground on a new basketball facility on Monday, May 5 came the news that another Utah Utes basketball player has left the program. If this were Jim Boylen’s program, Ute fans would probably hit the panic button.
But, this is not Crazy Jim‘s cavalcade; it’s Larry Krystkowiak’s program and the Utes are in better shape than they have been in years. Be that as it may, the decision of wing Princeton Onwas -- an ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 fan favorite -- to leave Utah not too long ago came as a mild shock to most fans, as several flooded Twitter to express their dismay.
Guard Ahmad Fields decision to leave also caused a mild uproar. But, that subsided once players like Austrian center Jakob Poeltl and forward Chris Reyes joined the team.
On this one, the decision by junior center Marko Kovasevic to leave the Utes program registered barely a blip on the Richter scale -- and nary a mention on the Utes Website. Kovasevic indicated to Krystkowiak that he had some “family issues” back home in Serbia.
This decision by Kovasevic to leave Utah early also came as a bit of a shock simply because it wasn’t expected -- but it doesn’t leave Utah’s cupboard bare, either. Not only that, Kovasevic was a bit player, averaging under two points and one rebound over the 14 games he played last season. The Serbian’s decision to leave also gives the Utes an opportunity to fill the spot with a transfer.
“Utah men's basketball junior Marko Kovacevic has left the team to return to his native Serbia,” Krystkowiak announced Monday in the Deseret News. “He has decided not to return due to family issues and we wish him and his family the best during this trying time.”
Kovasevic originally transferred to Utah from Western Nebraska Community College in 2012 and averaged 12 points and eight rebounds for his JUCO team.