Boskovic done with MSU men’s hoops

Minot State’s third-leading rebounder and sixth-leading scorer is officially done with the Beavers men’s basketball team.

MSU coach Matt Murken confirmed to The Minot Daily News on Tuesday that junior center Lazar Boskovic decided to leave the team, citing a variety of reasons. Boskovic did not travel with the team to Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston on Feb. 7 and 8 and was dressed in street clothes during the Beavers’ final homestand last weekend against Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State.

Murken noted that Boskovic, a native of Belgrade, Serbia, did not violate any team or university rules.

“He just kind of decided that he no longer wanted to be a part of the program basically,” Murken said.

Boskovic recently met with Murken at length “two or three” times, the coach said, including a one four-hour discussion.

The 6-foot-10, 220-pound Boskovic appeared in 15 of the Beavers’ 24 games, making starts in MSU’s final three games in January. He missed the past four contests for personal reasons and the other five due to an early-season ankle injury. He averaged 8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game.

“I don’t want to speculate what his choices were,” Murken said. “He decided that now was a good time to step away.

“He’s got some priorities, some goals besides basketball in his life that he thought now is a good time to be more focused on. He’s a busy guy. He’s got a lot of stuff going on.”

Murken insisted there are no hard feelings and said he hopes to assist Boskovic in finding another program if he decides to continue his basketball career.

Boskovic declined comment on his departure.

Murken said he is already recruiting “a lot of guys” and will worry about filling the now-vacant scholarship after the season. One possible option on the current roster to replace Boskovic on the court is his countrymate, 6-8 freshman Stevan Jovanovic.

“We also have a couple guys that are sitting out that are big guys at that position, so in the future it opens up an opportunity for someone to play a little bit of a bigger role.”

The Beavers (8-16 overall, 4-16 Northern Sun) travel to Minnesota State-Moorhead and Northern State on Friday and Saturday to close out the regular season.

Ryan Holmgren covers Minot State athletics and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @ryanholmgren.