Sun Devils in contention for skilled 2016 big man Nick Rakocevic

Arizona State is working to add one or more players with size to its 2016-17 roster and has its eye on a big man from Illinois as one possibility.

Uncommitted senior post players are in short supply, and especially ones with a broad skill set. That's why Nick Rakocevic has found himself in high demand. 

A 6-foot-10, 215-pounder at St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, Rakocevic has a heap of scholarship offers and is starting to more seriously consider selecting a college after his prep career ended Saturday with a 56-55 loss in the state's Class 3A third-place game. 

"My season just finished so now I'm going to start planning out some official visits so I'll probably have a good general idea by the time to decide in April," Rakocevic said. "I want to do all my visits in April and hopefully decide in April."

Rakocevic already visited West Virginia, but it appears he won't be signing with the Mountaineers. Arizona State, Auburn, Creighton, Florida, Miami, North Carolina and USC are under consideration for official visits in the coming weeks ahead of the start of the spring signing period which begins April. 13. 

"Right now I'm still trying to figure out which schools I'll be going to visit," he said. "I'm just trying to do what's best for me. This is the biggest decision of my life so I'm not trying to rush it or anything like that. I told coaches I wanted to stay focused on the season so now that it's over I can focus on recruiting. I do think I'll probably take all four of the visits I have left."

Rakocevic expressed serious interest in ASU, largely due to the relationship he established with assistant coach Rashon Burno even before Burno arrived in Tempe. 

"Coach Burno recruited me when he was at Florida with Billy Donovan and we maintained a great relationship," Rakocevic said. "When he went to Arizona State he told me he wanted to recruit me there so I've watched them play and I think they fit my style of play and things like that."

As a senior, Rakocevic averaged 19.8 points, 14.4 rebounds and four blocks per game. He described himself as a big guy who can stretch the floor, play inside or out and be successful as a pick and roll or pick and pop threat. 

"Honestly this has been probably the best year of my basketball career I feel like," he said. "I've gotten a lot better and just going to continue to get better and keep working. It's been great. I've been blessed. Hopefully I just continue to get better and keep working hard."

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