Former Riverside-Brookfield High School center Miki Ljuboja has committed to play basketball at Brown University next year. Ljuboja also considered Yale, Dartmouth, Holy Cross, Hartford, Marist and Chicago State before choosing the Brown Bears.
“The Riverside-Brookfield basketball program is very happy for Miki,” said RBHS varsity assistant coach Mike Reingruber. “We love the fact that he will be the second Ivy League player from our program and fourth player overall from RB to play at the DI or D2 level since 2010.”
Another former Bulldogs basketball star, Sean McGonagill, enters his senior campaign with Brown this year. McGonagill earned first-team All-Ivy League honors and finished fourth in the league in scoring at 14.0 points per game. He currently has 1,113 career points (19th in Brown history) and 413 assists, which is the third highest total ever for the Brown Bears. Other former RBHS guards playing collegef basketball include, Ryan Jackson, who is playing at Lewis University in Romeoville while Damonta Henry enters his freshman campaign at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota this year.
Ljuboja could make an immediate impact for Brown at power forward/center after honing his game at Phillips Exeter Prep School in New Hampshire. Ljuboja is an extremely versatile player who can score in the paint as well as the perimeter. He’s also a skilled rebounder and passer with an unselfish style of play on the court.
During the 2012-2013 season, Ljuboja was the MVP of the Metro Suburban Conference. The potent inside-outside scoring combination of Ljuboja and Henry coupled with solid all-around play from swingman Liam Lesniak sparked RBHS to a 23-5 overall record and 11-1 mark in the league.The Bulldogs fell to Conant in the opening round of regional action in the playoffs.
The previous season (2011-2012), Ljuboja led the Bulldogs to an undefeated run in conference. In the playoffs, the Bulldogs cruised past Fenwick 72-57 in a semifinal before losing to Crane 69-57 in the title game of the RB Regional.