Croatian Sensation to Play in the Big East

Matija Poscic, an athletic 6-9 230 pound forward from Opatija Croatia, who is entering his sophomore year at Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois, has reached a decision on where he will spend his next two years playing Division I college basketball. Learn all of the details in this report.

Matija Poscic has committed to Coach Jerry Wainwright and the DePaul Blue Demons as the first piece of the recruiting class of 2007, according to Highland coach Pete Norman. "He committed to Jerry Wainwright today," said Norman. "Obviously he can't sign till November." Matijia just returned to the United States on Friday after spending the summer in his native Croatia.

Poscic also received interest from San Diego State, St. John's, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Valparaiso, and Wisconsin.

The Blue Demons had been a favorite for Poscic from some time. "I think he has been very impressed with DePaul, their program, Coach Wainwright and his staff," Norman remarked. "Coach Wainwright and (Blue Demons assistant) Gary (DeCesare) did a tremendous job of recruiting him. They're very confident they're going to have a very successful program. They're good people. He's just very comfortable with the situation there."

Poscic and his Highland C.C. teammates visited Allstate Arena last season to see the Blue Demons play. DePaul Associate Head Coach Gary DeCesare evaluated Poscic at the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas in March.

Highland (34-2) finished in third at the NJCAA Tourney. Matija was the Cougars' fourth leading scorer (9.9 ppg) and top rebounder (8.1 rpg). Look for Poscic to be a key contributor as a sophomore for the Cougars in JUCO play this season.

"He was one of our leaders as a freshman on a team that finished third in the country," Norman observed. "He's a very skilled player both offensively and defensively. He can score both inside and out. He knows how to play and how to run the floor. He's just a very solid player. He's a very good three point shooter. He shot 40% from the three last year."

Poscic is an excellent student who has been on the honor roll at Highland.


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