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Hartford basketball lands 2020 Serbian recruit Filip Petrusev

December 29, 2013: Hartford head coach John Gallagher watches his team from the bench against Washington. Washington defeated Hartford 73-67 at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, Washington.
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The Hartford Hawks are already thinking far into the future after they landed 2020 Serbian recruit Filip Petrusev on Sunday, per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

Petrusev, 16, was born in Belgrade, Serbia but is now playing in North America. He is part of the Prolific Prep North team in Canada, a new private school in America’s northern neighbor. He is joined by several other high-profiled foreign prospects, who have gone to prep school in Canada rather than the United States.

Many of these players, like the 6-10 Serbian, are big men.

Petrusev has been on the U16 team for Serbia in each of the last three years. Over 12 games, he has played 13.4 minutes per game and put up 3.2 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 36.6 percent from the floor. He put up 20 points and six boards on 8-of-14 shooting at the Adidas EuroCamp earlier this year. He scored eight points 17 minutes at the Jordan Classic International as well.

He played in Spain prior to crossing the pond, and while he won’t have NBA eligibility until 2022, scouts are keeping an eye on the young power forward.

The Hawks will soon be entering their seventh season under head coach John Gallagher. They peaked at 17 wins in 2012 and 2013, but have remainder under the .500 mark in each of the last two years. The AEC school has not reached the NCAA Tournament since becoming a Division I program in 1984, but have been competitive in conference play.

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