Bugarinovic Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
BALTIMORE, MD - His career ended two months ago, but Johns Hopkins men's basketball senior George Bugarinovic continues to add honors to his resume. The latest addition is a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. The NCAA selected 29 male and 29 female athletes from all winter sports and all divisions for the prestigious award.
Bugarinovic is the seventh men's basketball player in program history to earn the honor and the first since 1998. Johns Hopkins has now produced 41 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients, including women's swimming senior Ana Bogdanovski, who earned the honor along with Bugarinovic.
A CoSIDA Academic All-American and Jostens Trophy winner, Bugarinovic is a Dean's List student majoring in both public health and natural sciences. He graduated with a 3.87 cumulative GPA and earned a perfect 4.00 GPA in each of the last five semesters. He is currently taking graduate classes at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and following a gap year, plans to attend medical school.
Bugarinovic is a four-time All-Centennial Conference (CC) selection, a two-time CC Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a Second Team All-Mid-Atlantic pick by both the NABC and D3hoops.com. He helped Johns Hopkins to a 25-5 overall record and a 16-2 mark in the CC as the Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 1990.
Bugarinovic led the team with 7.4 rebounds per game and ranked second with 13.6 points per contest on 54.5 percent shooting. He also led the team in steals (43) and ranked third in assists (58) and blocks (26). He posted seven double-doubles this season and finished with 21 in his career. Bugarinovic averaged 12.1 points for his career and reached double figures 77 times (in 110 games). He finished his career with 1,331 points and he ranks in the top five in school history in points, field goals (516), rebounds (751) and steals (124) and ranks in the top 10 in nine other categories.
In 2013, Bugarinovic was selected for one of the competitive summer research internships at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, MO. During his internship, he investigated the Tcof1, Polr1c and Polr1d genes and their accompanying proteins on the cellular and genetic basis of Treacher Collins syndrome. He has also completed internships at the University of Kansas Molecular Biology Pathology Department and the Jackson County Health Department. As a freshman, Bugarinovic worked as a lab assistant in the Otolaryngology Lab at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
In his spare time, Bugarinovic volunteers with the Maryland School for the Blind, where he organizes and implements weekly arts and crafts projects for the students with varying degrees of blindness and neurodegenerative diseases. He is also involved with KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now), where he engages in recreational activities with children and young adults with developmental or physical disabilities. In addition, he volunteers with Optimal Translation and Transportation Services in Kansas City, KS serving as a Serbian, Bosnian and Croatian translator.