Rakocevic Reflects on Iowa Visit

Iowa on Saturday played host to a key recruiting target in the 2016 Class. Chicago big man Nick Rakocevic talked with Hawkeye Insider about the visit, what he saw and heard, and where the Hawkeyes stand with him.

Nick Rakocevic unofficially visited Iowa Saturday. The Chicago big man enjoyed it for the same reason as most everyone else in the sellout crowd.

"I always love watching Aaron White play," he said.

The Hawkeye captain scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 69-52 win against Northwestern. He and the other seniors left the court to loud cheers in their final home game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

"I thought that atmosphere was crazy," Rakocevic said. 'You could tell they were really proud of their seniors. It was a very exciting game."

Iowa offered Rakocevic a scholarship last June when he visited the Big Ten school. The Westchester (IL) St. Joseph High junior also reported offers from Creighton, DePaul, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Miami (FL), Northern Illinois, Virginia and Xavier.

Scout.com rates the 6-foot-10, 200-pound Rakocevic as a four-star prospect on its five-star scale. The service ranks the Mac Irvin Fire product as the No. 63 overall prospect in the 2016 Class and the No. 12 power forward in the country for that cycle.

The Hawkeyes have been building their relationship with Rakocevic for more than a year. Saturday tightened the bond.

"I talked with Coach (Fran) McCaffery the most after the game," Rakocevic said. "He was talking to me about how I would fit in his program and be able to play with supreme confidence and how he uses his big guys just like the way I play. I also talked with Coach (Sherman) Dillard on how the atmosphere at Iowa was like that everyday."

Iowa let it be known to Rakocevic that he is a priority recruit.

"They discussed how they would be losing most of their big guys and they need someone to come in and take over right away at those positions," he said. "They said that I would be able to do that."

Rakocevic took in Saturday's game with AAU teammate, Isaiah Moss, who plays at Simeon and signed with Iowa in November as a member of the '15 Class.

"It was awesome seeing Isaiah there," Rakocevic said. "We developed a really good relationship over the past years play with Mac Irvin Fire. We talked about how our high school seasons were going and how he was excited to go to Iowa and play next season. He was just telling me how great it would be if I went there as well."

Rakocevic said he's taking his time with the recruiting process. As of now, he's looking to commit around signing day in November, he said.

"I am wide open with all schools, still trying to see where I would fit in the best. I'm not really sure where Iowa sits but all I know is I like their program and their coaches," he said.


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