Kentucky issues statement on Zvonimir Ivisic admission rumors
The Kentucky Wildcats were expecting Croatian recruit Zvonimir Ivisic to arrive on campus last week. But with the 7’2″ big man still nowhere to be found in Lexington, the speculation has begun to swirl regarding the basketball prospect’s admission status.
Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones released an update on Ivisic Monday stating that the UK admissions office is “blocking” the 20-year-old’s admission to the school. The main issue is reportedly Ivisic’s English equivalency exam. Jones asserted that while the Croatian has passed a language proficiency exam, it is not one accepted by the school.
On Tuesday, Kentucky shared a response via X that called the speculation surrounding Ivisic “misinformation.”
“Unfortunately, misinformation is being perpetuated regarding the admission status of someone wishing to attend the University of Kentucky. The truth is members of our university – from our athletics department to our administration and all other units – are working together efficiently and in a manner that is consistent with the institution’s admissions standards. … Spreading unfounded rumors helps no one,” the statement said.
A statement from UK spokesperson Jay Blanton:
“Unfortunately, misinformation is being perpetuated regarding the admission status of someone wishing to attend the University of Kentucky. The truth is members of our university – from our athletics department to our administration…
— University of Kentucky (@universityofky) September 5, 2023
Jones gave an update of his own two hours after Kentucky’s official statement on Ivisic. Jones asserted that the English equivalency exam remains the major roadblock toward Jones’ admission, but Ivisic could “still get in” depending on UK admissions.
After speaking with a number of people today, I feel like I have a good grasp on Ivisic situation
Its not over. He can still get in.
But it is an admissions decision
The English equivalency exam is the primary holdup. Visa, NCAA clearance, etc can’t come until…
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) September 5, 2023
Ivisic first emerged as an international prospect after a standout performance at the 2019 U16 Euro Championships. He most recently played for Montenegrin team Studentski Centar Podgorica. Ivisic averaged 7.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in 33 games played during his side’s 2022-23 season.