ORONO – A week after Portland’s Terion Moss signed his National Letter of Intent to play at the University of Maine, the men’s basketball team added two more Tuesday. Like Moss, both have Maine ties.
Guard Sergio El Darwich and forward Nedeljko Prijovic will make their way to Orono next season, as both signed on to become the newest Black Bears under head coach Richard Barron. El Darwich, who saw time starting for South Dakota State two years ago before transferring to Western Texas College, will be immediately eligible to play. Prijovic, who comes in from Texas State, will need to sit out for a season as per NCAA rules.
“Sergio is a big, strong combo guard with a complete tool set,” Barron said in a release, praising his new 6-foot-4 guard. “He sets up his teammates well, shoots with great range, can finish in a variety of ways at the rim and has the ability to post smaller guards. He will make an immediate impact on our team.”
Prijovic hails from Serbia, and is listed at 6-foot-7. However, Maine assistant Igor Vrzina, who coached both players at Lee Academy, said he plays longer than that due to his 6-foot-10 wingspan.
“He’s a mobile player, pretty athletic. Really skilled. He can put the ball on the floor, and he can shoot from outside,” Vrzina said Tuesday. With the signing, Maine men’s basketball now has six players who spent time at Lee (Miks Antoms, Dusan Majstorovic, Ilija Stojiljkovic and Lewis Wang all played there as well).
Vrzina also said since both a not strangers to Vacationland, he expects them to be strong fits for a program looking to establish a new identity.
“Both guys are really familiar with Maine. They’re familiar with the campus. They’re familiar with expectations. So we are really, really excited about both guys committing to us,” he said.
With the move, Maine now has three remaining open scholarships.