Big Z follows Calipari to Arkansas

Big Z follows Calipari to Arkansas

In a post to his Instagram account today, Zvonimir “Big Z” Ivisic revealed that he’s leaving for Kentucky to follow John Calipari to Arkansas.

“Today I met with Coach Pope and had a great meeting with him. He’s an amazing guy and a great coach and he will do big things here! After our conversation I informed him that I will not be returning to Kentucky.

“Big Blue Nation, my amazing teammates, love you and this has been the best experience a kid from Croatia could ask for coming to the US. You took me as one of your own since the first moment and the love just grew! From the bilboard to countless other things you’ve done to show love. I mean, come on. Who does that? I will forever be grateful for that and it will have a special place in my heart.

“With all that being said, I made the lifetime decision to come to college for (a) few reasons. Main ones to win a national championship and go to the NBA. Monumental part of that decision was Coach Cal, and no one does both of those at the same time than him. That’s why I am excited to announce that I am committing to Coach Cal and Arkansas Razorbacks! Woo Pig Sooie!!!”

The NCAA didn’t rule Big Z eligible for the Wildcats until Jan. 20. The 7-foot-2 center enjoyed a spectacular debut in 16 minutes of action for Kentucky’s 105-96 home win over Georgia. He hit 5-of-7 field-goal attempts and 3-of-4 launches from 3-point land, finishing with 13 points, five rebounds, three blocked shots, two assists and two steals.

However, Big Z only got 10, 2, 6, 12, 11, 1 and 3 minutes of playing time in UK’s next seven games. From there, he received at least 13 minutes of action in six of the Wildcats’ final seven contests.

Big Z scored a season-best 18 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots in a 117-95 home win vs. Alabama. He buried 7-of-11 FGAs, 1-of-3 launches from 3-point territory and 3-of-3 free throws.

Big Z also played a key role in Kentucky’s 111-102 home win over Arkansas on March 2, contributing 12 points, nine rebounds, two blocked shots, one steal and one assist without a turnover in 20 minutes.

In 15 games with the ‘Cats, Biz Z averaged 5.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game. He made 57.7 percent of his FGAs, 37.5 percent of his treys and 77.3 percent of his free throws.