2017 Mt. Pleasant (Utah) Wasatch Academy standout Josip Vrankic is turning a strong spring into added college interest.
Playing for Canada Elite, Vrankic, a 6-foot-8 forward, is averaging 14.2 points and is second overall in the Under Armour Assoication with 8.1 rebounds a game.
“His basketball IQ is off the charts,” his high school coach Curtis Condie told Scout.
http://www.scout.com/player/197417-josip-vrankic But it’s his mix of high IQ with is offensive versatility and skill level that make him such an intriguing prospect for potential college suitors.
“On offense he can stretch the defense with his shot, but his passing ability and craftiness around the basket and ability to dribble and use his length to score getting to the basket [is impressive],” Condie said.
“His commutation skills on help side defense and length really help our team,” he added. “He help beat Thon Maker in Maker's last high school game. He did a great job of defending him.”
That type of play has led to increased interest from coaches. According to Condie, Tulane, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Princeton have prioritized Vrankic.
A host of other schools including Yale, Dartmouth, Columbia, Weber State, New Mexico State, Utah Valley, Utah State, Belmont, Akron, Toledo, Ball State, Illinois Chicago, Furman, Duquesne and Colorado State are also involved.
“The schools that are now showing interest are Colorado, Stanford, Utah, Washington State and North Carolina State,” he said.
At this point, Vrankic hasn’t taken a college visit, according to Condie.
A native of Canada, Vrankic made his way to Wasatach Academy as a sophomore. He’ll return to Canada this summer to play for their U18 team in the FIBA Americas Championship.