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Viktor Dubovitskiy

 

By Terry Tush

Posted Oct 24, 2006


Division I basketball coaches are finding out what Oklahoma State discovered a few years ago when it recruited Mario Boggan out of Chipola junior college in Marianna, Fla. The Indians have one of the nation’s best junior college programs. OSU head coach Sean Sutton watched Chipola play in the Mitchell-Mullen Dallas Blowout a few weekends ago and came away impressed with one particular player.


Viktor Dubovitskiy is a 6-7, 210-pound small forward who joins Chipola after spending his freshman season at Salkt Lake City Community College.

“He’s a three- or four-type guy,” said Chipola head coach Greg Heiar. “He can be a face-up four or play the three out on the wing. He can really shoot the ball, and he continues to develop on the defensive end.”

Dubovitskiy, a native of Moscow, Russia, averaged 13.7 points and 4.4 rebounds while starting 26 of 30 games a year ago at Salt Lake City Community College (22-8). He shot 50 perfect from the floor (141 of 282) and 43 percent from behind the three-point arc (34 of 79). He also made 69.6 percent of his free-throw attempts.

His best game as a freshman was a 27-point, 12-rebound performance in a 98-75 victory over Salt Lake Metro. He also led the team in scoring in four other games, including 23-point efforts against Montana Tech and Snow College.

“He’s got a chance to really help a team in the future. He can really shoot the ball,” Heiar said.

In addition to Oklahoma State, Dubovitskiy has also attracted the attention of Texas A&M, Cincinnati and Iowa State. He has taken visits to Cincinnati and Texas A&M.

Playing on a Chipola team with first-team preseason Street & Smith’s All-American Jamarcus Ellis, a 6-6 point guard who averaged 13.5 points and 9.9 rebounds last season, and fourth-team preseason All-American DeAndre Thomas, a 6-8, 290-pounder in the middle, Dubovitskiy may not attract the attention of the opponents.

“I’m expecting Victor to improve every day and develop every day into the all-around basketball player he’s capable of being. Sure, he’s going to score a lot for us but he’s also going to be expected to rebound and play defense,” Heiar said. “I really want to help him develop his all-around game this season.

“We’ve got three or four guys capable of playing at a high level – All-American-type players – and he’s one of those guys. He’s a tremendous worker.”

Heiar said that Dubovitskiy is fine academically and expected to graduate next May.

“The thing about Victor is he’s a great kid. He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever coached, and is so disciplined both on and off the court,” the Chipola coach said.

 

 
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