May 7, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- UAB men's basketball head coach Jerod Haase announced a third addition to the 2012-13 squad as 6-10, 240-pound forward/center Fahro Alihodzic signed to continue his playing career with the Blazers.
"Fahro fills a great need for us up front," Haase said. "We have a couple of big guys, but there isn't a lot of front court depth. First and foremost, he is a fantastic kid. On the court, he has good hands and has the ability to score the ball in the low post. He has the size and strength to be a good defender as well."
Alihodzic becomes the third signee this spring for the Blazers hoops squad, joining junior college standout Rod Rucker (NW Florida State JC) and senior graduate transfer Terence Jones (Texas A&M CC).
"I feel great where we are right now," Haase said. "One of the things we looked at as a staff is trying to fill the needs of the team right away. I think we have done that and will continue to work hard to make sure we have a complete roster out there next year. We are excited to have three great players coming to Birmingham next year."
Alihodzic, who played his freshman year at Fordham University, competed for Southeastern (Iowa) Community College during the 2011-12 season and will have two years of eligibility remaining at UAB. In his only season with the Blackhawks, Alihodzic averaged 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while shooting a team-leading 68-percent (97-of-142) from the floor.
Alihodzic played a year of American high school basketball in Toledo, Ohio (St. Francis DeSales HS), before signing with Fordham prior to the 2009-10 campaign. As a freshman, he played in all 28 contests, making 14 starts for the Atlantic 10 school. That season, he averaged 22.3 minutes per game, which ranked fifth on the team, and collected 4.5 points and 4.0 rebounds a contest for the Rams.
Following his freshman season at Fordham, Alihodzic, a native of Vlasenica, Bosnia who now calls Leicester, England, home, competed for the Great Britain Under-20 National Team at the 2010 European Championships.
Alihodzic returned to Fordham for his sophomore campaign, but was forced to sit out the season as a redshirt in 2010-11.
Alihodzic originally committed to Nebraska last fall and was also drawing interest from Wake Forest and Oregon before deciding on UAB.