HONOULU-University of Hawai'i men's basketball coach Gib Arnold announced that Stefan Jankovic has officially joined the Rainbow Warrior program. The University of Missouri transfer is able to practice with the team and will be ready for competition in December 2014 per NCAA transfer rules. He has 2.5 years of eligibility remaining.
Jankovic is the second Missouri player to transfer to UH in less than a year, following Negus Webster-Chan who signed with UH last spring. Like Webster-Chan, Jankovic also attended high school power Huntington (W. Va.) Prep and is a native of Canada.
The 6-foot-11, 242-pound forward played 28 games for the Tigers, averaging 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds. The native of Mississauga, Ontario appeared in 25 games, with two starts during the 2012-13 season. He appeared in Missouri's first three games this season, scoring nine points off the bench in the team's season opener and playing briefly in the Tiger's win over UH on Nov. 16.
"We're thrilled to have Stefan join our program," Arnold said. "At 6-11, he's a versatile player and has a great skill set. He can play multiple positions and will be an outstanding scorer for us. He is Serbian and from Toronto-two places where they play great basketball and two places where we are working hard to create a pipeline."
Born in Belgrade, Jankovic is the third player on the UH roster of Serbian ancestry, joining freshmen Stefan Jovanovic and Niko Filipovich.