Nick Rakocevic showed up at the Hoop Hall Classic a week ago with something to prove.
Rakocevic, a 6-foot-10 power forward, was coming off a summer, where he struggled to be effective, lacked consistency and fell on college recruiting boards. Now, the Westchester (Ill.) St. Joseph, is working his way back up.
“It’s going pretty well,” Rakocevic said of his senior season. “I think that this is the best season I’m having right now. My teammates are giving me a lot of confidence. My coaches are giving me a lot of motivation helping me get through a tough summer.”
“It’s been really great,” he added. “It’s the best season I’ve had all my life.”
At the Hoop Hall, Rakocevic went for 23 points and 18 rebounds, which are eerily similar numbers to his season averages of 22 points and 17 rebounds a game. Rakocevic said he attributes the gaudy numbers and successful season to improving his focus and just playing to win.
“I think just working hard and having more love for the game,” he said. “I’m really going after it this year. I’m trying to grab every rebound and do everything possible for my team to get the W. I’m trying everything I can for us win.”
He has also garnered interest from the likes of Arizona State, California, Louisville, Minnesota, North Carolina and South Carolina.
“I’m trying to get out to Miami and USC,” he said. “They offered me and are still recruiting him. I’m trying to get to Miami, USC, Louisville and North Carolina.”
When will Rakocevic make his college choice?
“A lot of schools are coming in so I'm waiting probably till after the season,” he said.