Two of the last Hawaii basketball All-Big West first-teamers were separated by just a year, and still never got to play with each other.
Stefan Jankovic and Noah Allen get to now.
Jankovic (2014-15, 15-16) and Allen (2016-17) are professional teammates as of this week, as Jankovic was picked up by the Capital City Go-Go of the NBA’s G League. Allen has been with the Go-Go since last year.
“It’s crazy because when I signed here I was saying I hope I get him as a roommate being a Hawaii guy,” Jankovic messaged Hawaii Warrior World. “We obviously didn’t know each other, he played after me but I’ve been here 2 days and I’ve already got to know him pretty well.”
Jankovic started at center in his debut for the Washington Wizards’ affiliate, scoring 15 points with four rebounds in a 126-123 win against Raptors 905 on Wednesday night. Allen added three points, five boards and three assists off the bench.
Prior to being picked up by the Go-Go, Jankovic was playing for AEK Athens in Europe, averaging 5.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 11 games.
“Janks” last played in the G League the year after helping UH to its first NCAA Tournament victory — and winning Big West Player of the Year — averaging 8.1 points with the Sioux Falls Skyforce and the Erie BayHawks.
“Feels really good to be back over here,” Jankovic said. “Been overseas for a couple years but obviously I played in the G League before and I enjoyed it so I thought I would give it another shot.
“The Wizards G League team was really interested and I’m happy so far with the whole situation.”
Allen is averaging 5.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in 22 games this season. His minutes are down from 26.2 last year to 17.7 this year.