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Pitt WBB Lands Talented European Forward



Pitt women's basketball forward Jovana Spasovski

Tory Verdi and the Pitt women’s basketball team received an injection of professional talent on Wednesday.

Jovana Spasovski — a 6-foot forward who plays for Akson Ilirija in the Slovenia-SKL — announced Wednesday on Instagram that she committed to Pitt, which is a major short-term and long-term boost for the Panthers.

“Thrilled to share that I’ve officially committed to the University of Pittsburgh,” Spasovski wrote on Instagram. “I’m endlessly grateful for the support of my family, friends and coaches who have helped me getting where I am now!

“Thank you to Coach Verdi and his team for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.”

Spasovski played in the premier Slovenia league last season, at just 19 years old, and averaged 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game for Ilrija, shooting 45.3% from the field, 21.1% from beyond the arc and 78.9% from the free throw line.

She also played for Serbia in the FIBA U-20 Women’s European Championship last summer, averaging 8.1 points, 6.7 boards and 1.7 assists per game (on 41/18/64 shooting splits) over the seven games in Lithuania to help Serbia finish fourth.

Despite the less-than-ideal 3-point percentage, Spasovski hasn’t been afraid to shoot it. She’s efficient from the free throw line, which could point toward growth from beyond and the arc. And of course, she’s played against talented competition during her time in Europe — professionally and nationally.

Spasovski immediately offers an intriguing blend of inside scoring and rebounding for the Panthers.

Pitt signed two players in the class of 2024, forwards Audrey Biggs and Kiara Williams. And the trio will provide try to crack a transfer portal-aided roster that Verdi and his staff have assembled over the last couple of months.

The retooling has included commitments from Kentucky transfer Amiya Jenkins, Texas transfer forward Kha’Dija Faye, Colorado transfer guard Mikayla Johnson, Kentucky transfer guard Brooklynn Miles and Clemson transfer forward MaKayla Elmore.

Verdi and his staff will continue to pursue the portal after an 8-24 (2-16 ACC) season in what was the head coach’s first year with the Panthers.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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