Last night, I had a speical opportunity to interview with arguably the best shooter in Miami basketball history: DJ Vasiljevic.
First, I hope all is well with you and your family. How has this quarantine been going for you, and have you been able to workout?
My family is doing well, and they are safe at home in Australia. I am currently in Sarasota with my girlfriend and her grandparents. I’ve been staying on an island and have had the chance to work out every day. There is a court behind a church that I have access to, so I work out every morning on the court, come home do conditioning drills and then lift weights. I also ride 16 miles on the bike twice a week.
What does it mean to you to represent your country at such a young age?
It’s always an honor when I put on the green and gold, especially at a young age. I was overlooked by a lot which motivated me more to become hungrier, and to this day I’m never satisfied.
What were the deciding factors that led to your commitment to Miami?
Being recruited, I had 40+ offers but narrowed it down to Stanford and Miami because of how well their basketball programs were and schooling also. The reason I chose Miami was that they had a balance of school and basketball and who wouldn’t love to live in Miami, the weather is always beautiful.
What does it mean to you to be a top 2 three-point shooter all-time at The U and a top 30 three-point shooter all time?
Coming to the U, I never had in mind that I would be able to achieve these records. It just comes to show how great my work ethic has been. The accomplishments that I was able to achieve is great not only for me but also for my family, because they sacrificed a lot in order for me to be in this position.
What’s your favorite memory while playing at Miami?
I have two great memories. My first is that I have never lost a senior night game at home therefore I love when we are able to send our seniors out like that. The second one is senior night against Syracuse where I had my sister & 2 best friends from Australia along with my girlfriend and her family watch me play one last time.
Who do you try and model your game after and why?
I try to model my game around Drazen Petrovic as he was on his way to becoming one of the greatest shooters in history before he died tragically. The reason I look up to him is that his shooting was second to none and I believe I can become one of the best shooters in the world. Another person I model is CJ McCollum because he is undersized but also underrated, therefore, trying to learn the little things he does in order to be the star player he has become.
What’s the next step in your basketball career?
The next step in my basketball career is currently unknown because of this whole pandemic. But my agent has been in contact with NBA teams and was in line for draft workouts with 8-12 teams. I’m just doing all I can to stay ready and await the next step.
Who’s the funniest player you’ve played with?
The funniest player I’ve played with is definitely Anthony Lawrence and Rodney Miller
Who is the toughest player you’ve had to guard?
Geez the toughest player I’ve had to guard in my career would have to be Jamal Murray when I played international basketball
If you could describe Coach L in one word, what would it be?
If you didn’t play basketball, what would you be doing?
Have no idea. I love hands on things so I would either be a tradie or something to do in the landscaping business
Favorite road environment you’ve played in?
Virginia Tech and UNC
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