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Former Valparaiso High School Standout Commits to PUC Men’s Soccer
Tuesday, May 08, 2012

HAMMOND, Ind. – Purdue University Calumet men’s soccer coach James Drzewiecki landed his 11th commitment for his 2012 recruiting class, as St. Joseph’s College transfer and former Valparaiso High School standout, Djurica Bukur, agreed to continue his career with the Peregrines.

“Djurica is a quality player who can fill a number of roles for us,” said Drzewiecki.  “His versatility is a major asset.  He can excel in possession, he can score goals, and he can lock down an opposing striker.  To me, he’s a true all-around player, and he’s someone I’m very high on for the coming year.  He can be a key player for us.”

The 6-foot-1 midfielder was a three-year letterwinner at Valparaiso High School, helping lead the Vikings to a 12-3-3 mark as a senior. He received all-area honors at Valpo, while garnering Indiana Soccer Coaches Association Academic All-State recognition in 2008 and 2009.

Bukur played for St. Joseph’s College as a freshman in 2010, where he saw action in 15 matches with four starts on the year. He helped the Pumas to an 8-8-1 overall record, while recording three shots on goal.

He is the son of Živan and Sandra Bukur and is majoring in business management.