Basketball: Miami Hurricanes sign Dejan Vasiljevic

Miami made official the addition of Australian guard Dejan “D.J.” Vasiljevic on Wednesday, signing the 6-foot-2 prospect to a letter of intent.

Vasiljevic, a standout on Australia’s national teams, chose the Hurricanes over Stanford.

Dejan Vasiljevic (
Dejan Vasiljevic (

Vasiljevic, who is of Serbian descent, was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and grew up in Melbourne, Australia. He’s been one of the best young players in the latter country for several years.

This fall, he’ll try to earn playing time in a guard rotation that includes junior Ja’Quan Newton, redshirt junior Rashad Muhammad and highly regarded freshman Bruce Brown (but not James Palmer).


He led Australia in scoring (13.3 points per game) and averaged 3.1 rebounds in the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championships in July. He was a member of the All-Tournament team at the 2014 Under-17s, where he averaged 17.4 points and 6.6 rebounds. He averaged nearly 20 points per game in the 2013 FIBA Oceania U16s.

Vasiljevic, who turns 19 on April 26, also considered California, LSU and Louisville in addition to UM and Stanford. His favorite player is the late Drazen Petrovic. He profiles as a guard who can run the point, score and make big shots — such as this three at the buzzer in 2014 U19 Oceania championship.

UM’s consensus top-10 signing class also includes five-star power forward Dewan Huell, four-star guard Bruce Brown and four-star center Rodney Miller. They join a roster that includes junior point guard Ja’Quan Newton, San Jose State transfer Rashad Muhammad (brother of Minnesota Timberwolves sixth man Shabazz Muhammad), seniors Davon Reed and Kamari Murphy, sophomores Anthony Lawrence Jr. and Ebuka Izundu.

“DJ is a tough, hard-nosed defender with a unique set of offensive skills which allows him to fill up the basket from deep range. He has a high basketball IQ and a great feel for the game,” UM coach Jim Larranaga said in a press release. “We are excited to have DJ join the Hurricanes program.  We like recruiting student-athletes who come from winning situations and DJ has proven himself to be a great competitor in championships on the international level.”

UM’s release described Vasiljevic as “a guard who can run the point and has a deadly 3-point shot with a good pull-up midrange jumper. At 195 pounds, he has a strong build that allows him to get in the lane offensively, and adds to his strength as a hard-nosed defender who plays with positive energy and passion.”

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