2009 Introduction: Nick Markowich

It's a little early to be worrying about the class of 2009, or is it? In a world where teams start recruiting earlier and earlier, it is important to be in on players early in the process. A program has to be aware of players in their own back yard, especially. Arizona does not produce a ton of great players, but there are enough difference makers in the state that you have to pay attention.

Nick Markowich is a 6-3 combo guard from Basha High School in Chandler who is just starting to make a name for himself. Although he is young he possesses a good body and a nice feel for the game.

While he is not close to earning any offers he is getting some attention from some big schools.

"UofA, they have invited me to a few of their games," Markowich noted. "Wisconsin calls my coach a lot. They consider me recruitable. I have over 50 letters, but letters don't mean anything."

He grew up watching the Wildcats and likes what the team to the south does from a style standpoint.

"UofA is a good team for me," Markowich said. "They have a lot of athletic talent. I want to go with a running team, I don't like the slowdown game."

When we saw him play with his AAU team he was playing the two, but at Basha he is running the point. He's got a nice shot and good instincts, but probably needs to show a better ability to break down defenses to be a point guard at the high major level.

Markowich admires scoring point guards, and tries to model his game after guys who can both dish out the assists and fill up the hoop.

Although he has a nice build for a sophomore-to-be, he wants to get stronger. In addition to playing varsity basketball as a freshman, he is playing on a 17 and under AAU team, mostly going up against juniors and unsigned seniors.

"I need to improve my physical strength," he said. "I'm playing up. I want to develop a go up and dunk, don't worry about contact attitude."

He's getting a crash course in playing against big time players on the AAU circuit. The first time we saw him he was playing the Las Vegas Prospects, a team with several prep school players. He held his own with older, stronger players, but he's seen some real talent in high school.

"I went up against Jerryd Bayless," Markowich said. "It's tough at times. He's a phenomenal player and it is tough going up against him."

Right now Markowich is just a blip on the radar screen. He has enough ability to make you stand up and take notice, but it remains to be seen just how good he can be and at what level he'll play.

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