Georgia on the mind of Furtah product
by Chris Byess
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Dusan Langura, right, came to the U.S. with the goal of playing for a college basketball team, which he likely will do.
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Dusan Langura, right, came to the U.S. with the goal of playing for a college basketball team, which he likely will do.
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Dusan Langura came a long way for a chance to play college basketball — more than 4,000 miles in fact.

As a native of Fribourg, Switzerland, the Furtah Prep graduate set his sights on moving to the United States with the intent of playing for a team in the NCAA.

It seems that Langura will be getting his wish.

After enrolling for summer classes at Georgia on May 23, Langura says he will be offered the chance to play for the Bulldogs as a preferred walk-on.

“Just being a part of UGA, being a part of a team in the Southeastern Conference, it was just a big opportunity for me,” said the 6-foot-3 guard. “I’ve wanted to play in the NCAA for a long time, and when I had the opportunity, I took it. I can’t wait to go there and compete against the best.”

To achieve his goal of playing in the United States, Langura moved to Georgia the summer before his junior year.

Initially, it seemed that he would be playing at North Cobb Christian School in Kennesaw. But when coach Greg Matta left to become an assistant at Kennesaw State, Langura changed his mind.

After receiving a call from a contact of Matta’s, Furtah Prep coach Eugene Fries began recruiting Langura and ultimately convinced him to come play for the Falcons.

Upon watching Langura play for the first time, Fries described him as a player who seemed determined to score fast and score often.

“He had a mentality that said, ‘I am going to score more points than you are,’” Fries said. “When he first came to play for us, I saw that he was a pretty good shooter, but he was obviously European because he didn’t play defense. He was very coachable, though, and he quickly picked up guarding.”

In only two years time — the first of which was shortened when Langura tore his ACL and missed most of his junior season — Langura transformed into a player that Fries described as one of the top three players he had ever coached.

In his senior year, Langura made 72 3-pointers shot 42 percent from beyond the arc and tied a school record with nine 3s in a single game. He averaged 13.5 points a game.

“By his second year with us, he had become a better shooter, a much better defender and a smarter player,” Fries said. “He was much improved, all-around, from when he first came in. When we crossed the halfcourt line, he had the green light to shoot it.”

Langura was also instrumental in helping Furtah finish with a 31-1 record and make the quarterfinal round of the Georgia Independent School Association Class AA state playoffs.

“I just wish I had two more years with him,” Fries said. “He’s the kind of player that you wouldn’t mind having 10 just like him.”

Though he hoped to attract attention from any Division I college, Langura soon found himself being scouted by such programs as Brigham Young and the Virginia.

Georgia came into the picture when one of the Bulldogs’ coaches called Fries after a Furtah practice to offer Langura a spot on the team.

The only issue was that an athletic scholarship might not be available. But with a 3.97 grade-point average and a National Merit Scholarship been awarded to him, Langura didn’t need one.

Though he has spent the 2012-13 school year attending Future Prep in Los Angeles, due to the fact that he was unable to meet all of Georgia’s academic qualifications, Langura’s excitement at the prospect of playing in Division I has yet to lessen.

“I’m not the best, but I want to compete with the best,” said Langura, who graduated from Furtah a month early so he could play for the Swiss national team in its bid to qualify for 2012 Olympics in London. “I don’t want to have any regrets later in life.”

After college, Langura hopes to return to Switzerland to play basketball professionally.

It’s a goal Fries feels is quite possible.

“I don’t know if his basketball days will be over any time soon,” Fries said. “He has the potential to play somewhere even after college. If he keeps working the way he is right now, I don’t see why he can’t.”

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