You know a guy is good when he plays only two league games yet still makes the all-conference team. That’s exactly what played out with Rabun Gap (Ga.) School star Dusan Kovacevic, whose season ended shortly into the conference slate.
It cut short what may have become a big spring story, as he competed in Serbia last summer — rather than tour the travel circuit — and thus needed the exposure this season.
”When he got back from Christmas break, he played three games and said his foot was hurting him,” Rabun Gap coach Steve Nowack said. “The X-ray was fine, but when the MRI came back it showed a stress reaction at the top of his foot.”
Kovacevic was thus pronounced out of action for 6-8 weeks, effectively ending his season and high school career.
But in his time on the court, Kovacevic stated his claim as a widely overlooked talent. In particular, kicking off the season at a series in scrimmages in the Phenom Hoop event, his skill level took nearly everyone by surprise.
That day in Greensboro, N.C., Kovacevic actually played point guard and ran the offense effectively. He’s an outstanding handler and passer for his size, dribbling the ball confidently with either hand. Along with that, he possesses legitimate shooting range to the three point-stripe and has the solid frame to bang inside for rebounds as well.
”He was averaging 21 points, 11 rebounds and three assists (per game),” Nowack said. “He also shot 85 percent from the free throw line. He was the guy who made us go.”
Kovacevic is just average in terms of run/jump athleticism and by no means will he be a guard in college, but his overall skill package makes him an enticing prospect for colleges who like their big men to play on the perimeter.
”Collegiately, I think he’ll be a stretch four,” Nowack said. “He has a high basketball IQ and actually was our secondary ballhandler until we got our football players back.”
His recruitment involves a mix of mid- and high-majors. He has taken a visit to San Diego and, according to Nowack, has official visits set to Davidson and East Carolina within the next few weeks.
He’s retaining the option to take another official trip, potentially to visit the Cowboys, but however he finishes his trips he’s unlikely to drag out the decision any longer than necessary.
”I think he’s ready to take the next step,” Nowack said.