June 1, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - Serbia and Montenegro native Milos Stankovic will join the Lions for the 2007 season, Loyola Marymount Head Coach Nik DeVore announced Thursday. Stankovic, who ranks among his country's top-15 men's open players, will join the LMU program in January.
"Milos is another standout player who we are absolutely thrilled to have join our team this year," DeVore said. "He has a lot of international and national team experience that should help him make the transition to the college game."
Stankovic comes to LMU from Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, where he has been ranked in the top five since the age of 12. He was a member of the national team at the 16's and 18's levels. Ranking among the top-15 men's open players in Serbia and Montenegro, Stankovic had the opportunity to train regularly with several top ATP Tour players in Belgrade.
"He is an all-court player who is equally comfortable grinding from the baseline or attacking the net," DeVore said, "and has quite a bit of doubles experience as well. Milos should step in right away and help our team tremendously this spring."
Stankovic is the son of Negovan and Biljana Stankovic and plans to major in business administration with an emphasis in finance at LMU. He attended Ivan Goran Kovacic school in Belgrade.
After the Lions lost four seniors to graduation this May, Stankovic joins fellow standouts Javier Royo (Spain) and Nikola Petrov (Bulgaria) as the newcomers for the 2006-07 season.
"We lost a lot of players this past season, so it is a time to rebuild," DeVore said. "There is absolutely no doubt that this recruiting class so far is the best in LMU history. We anticipate announcing several more recruits for the upcoming season as well. We will be extremely young in the 2006-07 season, but also pretty talented. We look forward to welcoming this group of young recruits to the Lions' program and to building a team capable of challenging for the West Coast Conference Championship."