Duke Targeting 2015 Center Prospect

Another name has appeared on the recruiting radar for the class of 2015 as Duke has made inroads and recently hosted this 6-foot-11, 275 pound son of a former NBA post player.

THE PLAYER

Name: Antonio Vrankovic
Vitals: 6-foot-11, 275 pounds
School: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Pine Crest School
Statistics: Averaged 25 points, 16 rebounds, and five blocks per game as a senior for Pine Crest School.

Analysis: The viewings have been limited, but after seeing Vrankovic in December at the Kreul Classic it’s a surprise that more schools aren't knocking on his door. He’s pushing 6-foot-11 and has a strong frame. He’s not a great athlete, but he has some nice tools on the offensive end that lead you to believe he can be effective on the block. He has a hook shot and can make short-range jumpers. Plus because of his size and hands, he rebounds well in his area. Earlier this season Vrankovic tied Brandin Knights school record at Pine Crest (Fla.) by scoring 55 points in a game. - Evan Daniels

Vrankovic has a big, thick frame and is equipped with some impressive tools on the offensive end of the floor. He can score on the block, has very good touch and is a talented passer out of the post. Vrankovic is an intriguing prospect with good genes, as his dad stands 7-foot-2 and played professional basketball. - Daniels

“I think the best attribute about my game is my passing in the low post and everyone around the court,” Vrankovic said. “My court vision is pretty good. My game is back to the basket, maybe face up sometimes with a short jumper. I think I can make my teammates better.” - Vrankovic on himself

RECRUITING

Claims offers from Georgia, San Francisco, LaSalle, Lehigh, and Florida Gulf Coast. Interest from Indiana, Virginia, Duke, and Notre Dame. Has taken visits to San Francisco and LaSalle, and recently took an unofficial visit to Duke for the game against Syracuse.

Notable: The Blue Devils visited extensively with Vrankovic this week and it appears as though an offer could be in the works. The prospect says such an offer could “really change things” in his recruitment in terms of both timeline and destination.

Quotable: “Duke’s been my dream school for awhile now since I started playing and watching basketball. It doesn’t get much bigger in college basketball than Duke”

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