Spica to Play For CMU

The Central Michigan University men's basketball program has added its second high profile recruit in less than a month.

Serbian center Marko Spica (6-9, 230) is enrolled at Central Michigan University and has joined the Chippewas 2006 recruiting class, a source close to the situation has informed Chippewas Insider.

Spica, who originally signed a National Letter of Intent with UCLA last November, was not admitted to that school.

He was recruited for UCLA by then Bruin assistant coach Ernie Zeigler, who was named head coach at CMU two months ago.

After being released from his LOI by UCLA, Spica reportedly had scholarship offers from the University of Pittsburgh and Florida State as well as the Chippewas, but chose to follow Zeigler to CMU.

Rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com, Spica averaged 11 points and seven rebounds as a junior playing for the High School of Sport in Belgrade. He becomes the second three-star player recruited by Zeigler, who earlier this month received a verbal commitment from standout guard/forward Chase Simon of Detroit Community High School.

Spica will join Unionville (Mich.) Sebewaing Area High School guard Jordan Bitzer in the Chippewas 2006 recruiting class. Spica could see immediate playing time in the post for CMU.

He reportedly can play inside and has a good back-to-the-basket game, but also can step out and shoot. In Serbia, he played for the Beovuk club team out of Belgrade.

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