Bulldog Beat with Stojan Gjuroski
Feb. 14, 2012
While in Macedonia, he led his club team to the Macedonian championship three consecutive years and was named one of the top 50 athletes in the country for two straight seasons.
Gjuroski decided to come to the United States so he could get an education while also getting a chance to play basketball.
“Back home in Europe you can either choose to go to school or play professional basketball. You can’t do both because there is not enough time because the pro teams practice two times a day,” said Gjuroski.
He got an opportunity to come to the United States when a couple of American coaches that were in Europe sent DVDs of his club basketball games to high school coaches back in the United States. Gjursoki got offers to attend high school his senior year from all over the country and decided to originally attend Cedar Bluff High School in Alabama.
After attending Cedar Bluff for a few weeks, he realized that Alabama was not the right place for him so he transferred to Life Center Academy in Burlington, New Jersey.
“Moving to Life Center Academy was one of the best decisions I have made in my life,” said Gjuroski. “The people were very nice, and I loved being there.”
While at Life Center Academy, Gjuroski helped lead the boy’s team to an eighth-place finish in the New Jersey Postseason High School Fantastic 65 Tournament in 2010.
He then signed with Louisiana Tech after the 2009-10 season mostly because of assistant coach Dusty May and the hospitality that he received on his visit.
“When I came here on my visit I could tell there was a difference between how people are in the north and the south,” Gjuroski said. “People were nicer and everybody holds doors open for you and says please and thank you. That was unique for me and all the coaches, staff members and the community made me feel welcomed here.”
When not on the basketball court or working on his academic studies, Gjuroski is hanging out with his teammates playing NBA 2K12 and Madden 2012, and watching ESPN and college basketball as extra motivation to work hard on his game in order to improve.
His favorite team to play on NBA 2K12 is the Los Angeles Lakers because his favorite player is Kobe Bryant while he primarily plays as the Pittsburgh Steelers on Madden.
“In Europe, we don’t watch a lot of NFL games, but the first game that I saw as a kid was a Steelers game and I have been a fan of them ever since.”
Like most of his Bulldog teammates, he listens to Hip-Hop and R&B with his favorite artiest being Drake.
Gjuroski says his favorite movie is Braveheart because of the way Mel Gibson’s character showed that you can accomplish anything, even things you can’t imagine, if you stay strong and believe in yourself.
Along with English, Gjuroski can also speak Macedonian and Serbian and can understand Spanish.
Gjuroski is majoring in business administration and says he plans on pursuing his master’s degree in another area of business later in his collegiate career. Once he is done playing basketball, Gjuroski says he wants to start his own business that is basketball-related.
“I wanted to have a back-up plan when the ball stops bouncing in my basketball career,” said Gjuroski. “Now I will have a degree from Louisiana Tech that I can use the rest of my life.”