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St. John's signs Amar Alibegovic from Bosnia

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin watches from

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin watches from the sideline during the second half against Butler on Jan. 25, 2014. Credit: AP

St. John's men's basketball is thinking big three. Recruits, that is.

The Red Storm announced the signing of 6-9 Bosnian forward Amar Alibegovic on Wednesday. He is the third big man added this summer after 6-11 center Adonis Delarosa (Christ The King) and 6-8 forward Keith Thomas (Mount Vernon) out of Westchester Community College.

Alibegovic, the No. 41 European prospect among 19-year-olds, competed on a Bosnia and Herzegovina national team that went 8-0 to win the Under-20 European Championship Division B in July. He averaged 5.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in the tournament and reached double figures three times.

"Amar has the skill, size and basketball intellect to help fuel our purposes as we continue to build our program into a sustainable winner," St. John's coach Steve Lavin said in a statement.

The son of former Oregon State hoops standout Teo Alibegovic also played with the Italian Stella Azzurra junior team, where he averaged 6.0 points and 3.3 rebounds, shooting 56.3 percent.

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