Nikola Jovic plays for Miami Heat without finishing high school

2022-10-09 11:44

There is one task that remains on Nikola Jovic's to-do list: graduating high school.

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Serbian basketball prospect Nikola Jovic was selected by the Miami Heat as the 27th overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft, but his dream cost him a diploma.

Jovic revealed that he is yet to finish high school in Serbia.

"To put it in perspective, he's still waiting to do his final exam to graduate from high school, and doing that over Zoom," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

According to ESPN, Jovic has one final step before graduating -- a comprehensive exam to cap his senior year in Serbia. The rest of his classmates took the exam in the spring when Jovic was going through draft workouts.

"I didn't have time [to take the exam] -- especially because of the time difference," Jovic told ESPN.

Now, Jovic plans to not only finish high school, but to go on to college after.

"Probably soon, you know," he said, when asked when he'll take the test. "As soon as I have a little me time, I'll do it. As soon as I get in contact with my teachers and stuff, because like I said, the time difference is really [big]."


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