Otter reserve overcomes physical challenges on court

Damjan Agovic, a second-year Psychology major and center on the California State University, Monterey Bay men’s basketball team is a beast on the court who overcomes his challenges so well that they become unnoticeable. Agovic was born with one hand, but doesn’t view this as an impairment. 

“Basketball made me the same as everyone else.”

Agovic attributes his skills on the court to hard work. “Determination is consistency. If you’re not consistent you’re not going to be good.” 

Fueled by the support of fans and his teammates, he described playing basketball as a euphoric experience. 

Being part of a team brought him a sense of solidarity growing up, “In basketball I wasn’t treated differently, but there were some times when I was growing up. My mom made me play basketball so that I could see that I can do the same things as anyone else.”

A dedicated teammate and friend, he finds inspiration in those around him. “Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated but my friends and family around me help me. I’m also doing it for them, not just me.” 

Agovic wants to be known as “not only a good basketball player, but a good caring person.”

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