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Bugarinovic Named ECAC Division III Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

George Bugarinovic has been named the ECAC Division III Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Sept. 2, 2015

DANBURY, CT -- Though his career ended in March, the honors continue to roll in for 2015 Johns Hopkins graduate George Bugarinovic. The latest honor for the four-year standout of the Blue Jay men's basketball program is being named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The ECAC Scholar-Athlete Awards honors the outstanding academic and athletic achievements of student-athletes representing ECAC schools in Division I, II and III. One male and one female athlete from each division are selected based on extraordinary achievements in academics, athletics and community service. Bugarinovic is the third athlete from Johns Hopkins to earn the award and fourth from a Centennial Conference member school.

A CoSIDA Academic All-American, NCAA Postgraduate Scholar and Jostens Trophy winner, Bugarinovic graduated in May with degrees in public health and natural sciences. He finished with a 3.87 cumulative GPA and earned a perfect 4.00 GPA in each of his last six semesters. He is taking a gap year this year and will attend medical school next year.

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 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.