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St. John's adds big man from Europe

Steve Lavin has added another front-court player to his St. John's roster.

Amar Alibegovic, a 6-foot-9 forward from Bosnia, will suit up for the Red Storm starting this season, St. John's announced Wednesday.

It appears Alibegovic is already in the Big Apple:

Alibegovic played for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the U20 European Championship Division B last month. The team went 8-0, with him contributing 5.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, shooting 54.8 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from 3-point range.

Alibegovic's father, Teo, played for Oregon State and was a teammate of former NBA All-Star Gary Payton. He helped the Beavers earn back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1988-89 and 1989-90, averaging 18.1 points per game as a senior.

"We are pleased that Amar has chosen to join our St. John's basketball family," said Lavin, in a statement released by the school. "Amar has the skill, size and basketball intellect to help fuel our purposes as we continue to build our program into a sustainable winner."

Lavin had previously added 6-foot-11 center Adonis Delarosa from Christ the King High School in Queens, and 6-foot-8 forward Keith Thomas from Westchester Community College.