Josh Verlin (@jmverlin)
Penn junior Marin Kukoc is no longer on the Quakers’ official roster and has left the team, just three weeks before practices start for the 2012-13 season, CoBL has confirmed. The son of former NBA forward Toni Kukoc, the 6-foot-7 jump-shooting forward averaged 2.5 points in 10.0 minutes last season.
According to the Daily Pennsylvanian, which first noticed the change, Kukoc is still enrolled in school, and exact reasons for his departure are not yet known.
Kukoc was expected to compete for minutes this season backing up forwards Fran Dougherty and Henry Brooks, but his departure leaves Penn without a true shooter in the frontcourt. Dougherty and Brooks both have range out to 15-18 feet, but the Illinois native hit 36.5 percent (19-of-52) from beyond the arc last season.
His departure likely means more minutes for redshirt freshman Greg Louis, an athletic 6-7 forward who sat out last season after surgery to correct a congenital hip deformity; guards Steve Rennard and Dau Jok now have a little more pressure on them to be consistent deep threats to spread out opposing defenses.
Last season, the Quakers went 20-13, going 11-3 in the Ivy League and advancing to the second round of the College Basketball Invitiation (CBI)
CoBL will have more on this story as it develops.