Kovacevik among best unsigned senior bigs

Serbia has produced a disproportionate share of talented hoopsters over the years, and Dusan Kovacevik hopes to follow in that successful line.

It’s not often that one observes a 6-9, 220-pound big man playing point guard, but that’s exactly what transpires for large stretches at Rabun Gap (Ga.) Rabun Gap-Nacoochee.

And while Dusan Kovacevik certainly does not project as a college floor general, the senior power forward’s versatility speaks for itself. Given that he’s also unsigned and aiming toward a spring decision, don’t be surprised if he blows up over the next several months.

Kovacevik might have watched Dirk Nowitzki a time or two. He likes to play on the perimeter and even shoots the same turnaround jump shot while fading on one foot. He’s no Nowitzki, of course, but he does play with a similar style.

He also boasts a solid frame and should easily gain the required muscle for college. Kovacevik lacks ideal athleticism and particularly is limited in terms of straight-up leaping ability, but his mobility is okay and his coordination is truly top-shelf, while his ballhandling and passing also are superlative for a player his size.

Three-point shooting also is something he does capably, if consistently and with a slow release, but coaches that like to utilize a face-up forward — even one who’s relatively less athletic — should be intrigued.

Now in the early season, Kovacevic cites several pursuers on his trail.

New Mexico and San Diego are fresh offers,” he said, “and I have older offers from UAB, Georgia Southern, Rhode Island and Kennesaw State.”

Kovacevic also cited Iowa and Georgia as being at least somewhat interested as he progresses into his senior season.

”I broke my wrist last year, which held me back,” he said. “I played with the Serbia 18-under team (this past) summer and I don’t like AAU, so a lot of teams haven’t seen me yet.”

The big man made clear that he’d like to “go high-major” and that he would wait as long as required to attract the type of offers he seeks. Based on his recent play, and given the dearth of available senior big men, chances are his strategy will bear fruit.

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