Sasa Borovnjak has decided this will be his final season with the Penn State men’s basketball team.
Borovnjak, who is in his fourth year with the Nittany Lions, has one year of eligibility remaining after taking a medical redshirt season during the 2010-2011 campaign when he suffered a torn ACL before the season began. He has decided he will graduate in May.
“Since discussing the decision with coach Patrick Chambers, he has played the best basketball of his career,” a Penn State media release stated in advance of the team’s 84-74 win over Duquesne on Saturday.
Borovnjak was not available to the media after the game to discuss his plans after he leaves the university.
Borovnjak was stellar for the fifth straight game, scoring 14 points and grabbing five rebounds on 7-for-9 shooting in Penn state’s win. He is shooting 70 percent over the last five games and 58 percent for the season. It was his third straight double-figure scoring game.
Against Delaware State, the 6-foot-9 forward from Belgrade, Serbia, scored 14 points and tied a career high with eight rebounds for the second time in three games. In Penn State’s next game against New Hampshire, Borovnjak followed with 11 points and four rebounds. He is averaging 10.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in his last five games after averaging just 1.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in his first seven.
“He’s playing with confidence,” Chambers said after the game. “I think last year he still wasn’t 100 percent sure about that knee. This year you’re seeing a kid who’s running the floor great ... and our guys look for him every possession.”
The decision to graduate will free up one scholarship for next season, with the NCAA limiting Division I men’s programs to 13 total scholarships per team. The Nittany Lions signed four recruits to National Letters of Intent in November, with no scholarship budgeted for either Tim Frazier or Pittsburgh transfer John Johnson next season.
Frazier will apply for a medical redshirt at season’s end after rupturing his left Achilles tendon in November. Johnson will have to sit out because of NCAA transfer rules. He will be eligible to play after the fall 2013 semester.