Rakocevic to See Iowa

Nick Rakocevic is a rising talent in the Class of 2016. The Illinois big man already has a fine collection of scholarship offers with more likely on the way. He talked with us about his recruitment, including some upcoming visits to Big Ten schools.

Nick Rakocevic knows he has it pretty good for a big man. The St. Joseph (Westchester, IL) center plays with two junior point guards holding multiple Division I scholarship offers.

Jordan Ash recently committed to Northwestern. Iowa, Purdue, Nebraska and others have been pursuing Glynn Watson.

Of course, Ash and Watson benefit from working with the 6-foot-10, 200-pound Rakocevic. The talented sophomore reports scholarship offers from Creighton, Illinois, Miami, Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. Iowa, Indiana, Marquette, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon and Purdue also are showing consistent interest in him, while Duke and Florida are staying in touch, he said.

"(College coaches) say they like how I can do things on the outside of the key; handle the ball, shoot the three and mid-range shots, and how I'm mentally tough," said Rakocevic, who is not naming any favorites.

"At this point, it's still early. I'm interested in everyone, so far."

Iowa and Rakocevic share mutual interest in one another. The super sophomore said he would be visiting the school this weekend if he doesn't play in an AAU tournament.

Assistant Sherman Dillard is leading the Hawkeyes recruitment of Rakocevic with Head Coach Fran McCaffery also working on their behalf early in the process.

"I like them," Rakocevic said enthusiastically. "I like their program. They have some guys that play like I do and it would be a good fit for me."

Iowa also is pursuing Watson. He and Rakocevic play AAU with the Mac Irvin Fire. They are discussing teaming up with the Hawkeyes.

"Me and Glynn did talk about it," Rakocevic said. "We think that it would be great to play in college together. We have the point-guard, big-man tandem that all schools like. We already have great chemistry in high school so it would make sense to keep it going in college."

In addition to his upcoming visit to Iowa, Rakocevic said he's looking at upcoming trips to Indiana, Oregon, Duke and Florida.

"I want to see the college life and if I would fit in the community. Also, it's important to see what schools have that can put me to the next level. I want to see what my relationships are with the coaching staff and how my game would fit in at each school," he said.


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