George Bugarinovic, Johns Hopkins, Sr., Forward

George Bugarinovic, Johns Hopkins, Sr., Forward

2015 Jostens Trophy Winner

Bugarinovic, a native of Overland Park, Kansas, helped lead the Blue Jays to a 25-5 overall record and a trip to the Centennial Conference championship game. Johns Hopkins fell to Dickinson, 65-62, in the title game, but earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament. JHU won its first two games over Keene State and Skidmore, but fell to Babson, 49-47, in the Round of 16. The Blue Jays won a school-record 17 straight games from December 2 until February 11 and the 25 overall wins are also a school record. 

Bugarinovic is a four-time All-CC selection, including a first team honoree this year. He ranks in the top-10 in school history in 13 career categories and is the only player in JHU history to rank in the top-10 in points (1,331), rebounds (751), steals (124) and blocks (100). This year, Bugarinovic poured in 13.6ppg and grabbed 7.4rpg (fifth in the CC). He was also second in the league for steals (43) and eighth for blocks (26). 

Bugarinovic is just as impressive in the classroom and in the community. Bugarinovic boasts a 3.84 grade point average as a double major in public health and natural sciencesHe is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree and a 2015 Third Team CoSIDA Academic All-American. 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. Bugarinovic has also completed internships at the University of Kansas Molecular Biology Pathology Department and the Jackson County Health Department. As a freshman, he worked as a lab assistant in the Otolaryngology Lab at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

In the community, Bugarinovic has participated in numerous initiatives during his time at Hopkins and was a nominee for the NABC Allstate Good Works Team earlier this year. He mentors two underclassmen through Alpha Epsilon Delta's (AED) mentoring program and has participated in community service trips to the Kennedy Kreiger Institute, an institute dedicated to helping children and adolescents with disorders of the brain. He also volunteers his time with organizations such as Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN), a program where he works with children and young adults who have developmental or physical disabilities, and the Maryland School for the Blind (MSB), where he is one of three co-leaders. Addtionally, he has assisted all four years with the President's Day of Service at Johns Hopkins and has served as a translator and interpreter in his hometown and at his hometown church.

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