Before signing with the Miami Hurricanes, Dejan Vasiljevic (pronounced: Vass-EEl-uh-vitch) was quite the globetrotter having moved to Australia at age 6 after living in Canada. As he got older he wasn’t a known name in most American basketball circles (and one that is difficult to pronounce too!) Known as “DJ” he exploded onto the international basketball scene in high school as he led Australia to a silver medal at the 2014 FIBA 17U World Championships. There he scored 29 points in a close championship loss against the United States and made the All-Tournament team. The 6’2” guard developed a reputation for filling it up from all over the court and quickly garnered high major offers from schools like Miami, Stanford and LSU.
Vasiljevic signed with the Canes in the spring of 2016 and quickly became a key member of the roster during his freshman year that fall. DJ played in all 33 games while averaging 6.0 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.3 steals in 17.5 minutes per game. Last season DJ was named to All-ACC Academic Team and played in all 32 games, with 20 starts. He averaged 9.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, led the ACC in 3-point FG percentage at 41.1 percent (67-163) and the team in 3-point field goals (67).
Check out DJ on fire to start the season last year vs. Newberry:
This year the staff is looking for DJ to elevate his level of play as well as be one of the leaders as he enters his junior year. After having foot surgery in the offseason, DJ is 100% ready to go and has trimmed down considerably from 203lbs to start last season and now weighs in at a svelte 184lbs. Miami Hurricanes coach Jim Larrañaga hopes a faster more nimble DJ could will give opposing teams fits this year on both ends of the court.