Another week, another midyear addition for UB Athletics. This time, it comes on Lee Nickell's Men's Tennis program, upping his roster to ten-deep and the country count to eight.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Look for Amar Hromic to make his Bulls debut this weekend as well! Go Bulls!!</p>— Nails Nickell (@UBCOACHNAILS) <a href="https://twitter.com/UBCOACHNAILS/status/557591809082540032">January 20, 2015</a></blockquote>
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A quick look at Hromic's Twitter account reveals a guy who during his time at UCF was really supportive of the other student-atheletes - which is good - but doesn't say much about his transfer. Also, lots of Zlatan, but I'm getting distracted.
Hromic transfers to UB after two seasons at Central Florida, and while I'm not sure exactly how much eligibility he has left, I am pretty excited for this addition. Even before hitting the NCAA, Hromic was a three-time Swedish National Champion, had advanced to finals in three ITF events, and won four ITF doubles titles.
For reference, UCF is ranked roughly 20 spots ahead of UB in last year's season-end Massey Ratings, and Hromic was their top recruit a few years ago. That said, in two years at Central Florida, he only earned a winning record once - in doubles as freshman. This could be in part due to his position near the top of the Knights rotation; as a sophomore he spent most of the year in the #2 singles spot and on the top doubles pairing.
Hromic immediately steps in as one of the biggest players on UB's team. Hannestad and Hajdu-Andersson are taller, but at 200 pounds, Amar has the largest (and hopefully most powerful) frame of any Bull.
As Coach Nails says, we can expect to see him in action this weekend. I'll be interested to see where he slots into the Buffalo pecking order as they take on Colgate and Yale.
Welcome to Buffalo, Amar!