Tomislav Zadro

Tomislav Zadro
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Midfielder
  • 6' 3"
  • 175 lbs.
  • 06-16-1989
  • Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

COACHES' BREAKDOWN: In terms of pure skill, Wisconsin's Bosnian-born Canadian midfielder is one of the best players on display at the Combine. Despite standing at 6-foot-3, Zadro is a true playmaker, and can create magic with his left foot either with his passing or off the dribble. Zadro is absolutely lethal on set pieces, and if he gets into a 1-v-1 situation with a defender out wide, good luck to the defender, because he doesn't need much space to make him look silly. He's not afraid to shoot the ball from anywhere inside the final third, and he can get some power behind it, but one of Zadro's most impressive qualities is his almost cerebral approach to the game. In terms of soccer IQ, the Canadian is ready for the next level. But he will need every ounce of his skill and savvy to overcome his athletic limitations. Zadro has enough pace to change gears over short distances and beat one guy, but over any longer distance is relatively slow, decreasing his appeal as a winger. Concerns have also been raised about his strength and whether or not he won't be knocked around in a physical league like MLS, and despite all the accolades that his left foot draws, Zadro doesn't combine it with anything remotely close on his right side. He'll be most effective in a system where he can function as a quarterback for the offense, but the question is whether his skill outweighs his athletic shortcomings enough to merit that type of role.

COLLEGE 2013: Appeared in 17 games, starting in 12 ... recorded 16 points on four goals and eight assists ... led team in assists ... posted two points or more in six matches ...named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (Nov. 14) ... first-team All-Big Ten honoree (Nov. 14) ... 2012: Missed the entire 2012 season after tearing his ACL in the Spring... 2011: Transferred to Wisconsin for his junior season after playing two seasons at Illinois Central College ... started all 20 of Wisconsin's regular season games, making first Badger start in UW's 1-0 win over Western Illinois (Aug. 27) ... led the team with six goals and 20 points ... registered 1,808 minutes on the field tied with Trevor Wheeler for team best ... led the Big Ten with eight assists... 2010: Spent sophomore season playing for Illinois Central College ... scored six goals and added eight assists for 20 points in nine games... 2009: Spent freshman season playing for Illinois Central College ... named Midfielder of the Year ... recorded 42 points on 14 goals and 14 assists in 19 games as a rookie for the Cougars

High School: Transfer from Illinois Central College, playing for head coach Oz Birkaran ... attended St. Basil-the-Great College School in Toronto and played soccer for coach Toni Rick ... played club soccer for the Dixie 89ers from U-9 to U-16 ... played club soccer for Mississanga Croatia in U-17 and U-18

Personal: Born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina ... parents are Vencel and Borka Zadro ... has one sister, Ana ... intends to major in Education ... named to Dean's honor roll in 2009 and President's honor roll in 2010 ... Academic Awards: Dean's Honor List 2009, President's Honor List 2010 ... Sports Awards: Midfielder of the year 2009

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