FORT MYERS, Fla. – Newly-appointed FGCU men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield added his third signee of the spring period on Saturday, announcing that Croatian forward Filip Cvjeticanin (Croatia/American School of Madrid) has inked a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to join the Eagles next season.
The 6-foot-9 Cvjeticanin will have four years of eligibility, joining fellow incoming freshmen Brett Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) and Bernard Thompson (Rockdale, Ga./Rockdale Country HS).
Cvjeticanin spent last year in Spain, attending the American School of Madrid. While in Madrid, he played a season for Asefa Estudiantes junior team and showcased his skill set at the Madrid U-18 Final Four. Over the three games at the tournament, Cvjeticanin reached double figures a pair of times as Estudiantes was playing for a spot in the Spanish Nationals. Cvjeticanin opened with 12 points against Fuenlabrada and led Estudiantes to a 72-61 win over Torrejon in the finale. Against Torrejon, he drilled a trio of three-pointers to finish with 13 points.
Following the Madrid U-18 Final Four, Cvjeticanin was recognized by EuroHopes.com as an “intriguing prospect with a combination of mobility, height, length and shooting skills.”
“Filip is a skilled 6-foot-9 face-up forward that shoots the ball at a high level from the perimeter,” said Enfield. “He’s been exposed to the highest level of basketball and that will help him with the transition into college. We’re happy to have Filip join our FGCU family.”
Filip is the son of Danko Cvjeticanin, who was a member of the Yugoslavian Silver Medal squad at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, and the 1992 Croatian Silver Medal team at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. With those two teams, Danko played with and trained alongside NBA greats such as Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoc, the late Drazen Petrovic and Dino Raja.
Danko is now an NBA scout for the New Jersey Nets after spending over a decade with the Philadelphia 76ers as their European scouting coordinator. Danko and the 1992 Croatian team fell to the original United States Dream Team in the Gold Medal game that included Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.
“With his father’s experiences and knowledge, Filip knows what it takes to succeed,” Enfield said. “Danko’s workout journal from the thousands of hours he spent training on his own, as well as Danko’s experiences working out with one of the best players in the world Drazen Petrovic has served as a great resource during Filip’s continued development as a basketball player.”