I have heard that the Tricia Binford and her Montana State basketball program have picked up another commitment from an Australian. I have heard that 6-0 Juliana Paunovic has committed to sign with the Bobcat this spring and joint the team next fall. Paunovic is a small forward / power forward who currently is attending Casper junior college in Wyoming. She hails from the town of Cairns, in the State of Queensland in Australia.
This year at Casper she is averaging 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals 1 block, while shooting 46% from the field, 30% beyond the 3 point arc and, 71% free-throw line. As a freshman Paunovic suffered a shoulder injury that limited her games but still managed to average 10 points and 5 rebounds a game. Last summer after undergoing surgery on her shoulder she retuned home and played for Cairns Dolphins U20 Round 11 team and averaged 19 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists per game.
Casper currently is rated in the National Junior College Division 1 top 20, and has a very balanced team and will most likely send multiple players to the D-1 level.
Pauvovic last season was named to the Region IX Academic All-Region first team.
Here are some comments from Casper College coach Dwight Gunnare
“I think Juli’s strength, outside of her basketball skills, is she has insight into what we’re trying to do on the floor,” Gunnare said.
“She has very good basketball intelligence, and while she isn’t a rah-rah type of leader, she is a leader by example and through communication. That’s just as much a bonus for us as are her skills.”
(Pauvovic) can knock down the outside jump shot or she can put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket, where she can finish with either hand.
She’s a matchup problem for other teams
I understand that she had interest from some “larger schools” but she liked Casper Wyoming and liked the idea of playing in this region. I do not know if the fact that fellow Aussies Emily Allen and Kate Webb will be joining the team next year play any role in her decision, but next year squad should have a definite international feel.
Just as a note, on paper this should fill up all of the Bobcat Women’s scholarships for next season, so barring a player defection in the spring this should do it for the Bobcat 2010 recruiting. On to 2011.