In recent weeks Olek Czyz has emerged as an elite prospect from the Class of 2008, but the Polish forward isn't letting the attention get to his head.
The 6-8, 235-pound prospect from Reno, NV, and originally from Poland, is concentrating hard on improving his game, and his coach says those efforts are paying off.
"Right now we're really working on getting Olek to improve his shot off the bounce," said Anthony Brown, coach of Czyz's AAU team, the Las Vegas Prospects. "One noticeable area of improvement has been in his passing ability. He's really improved a lot in that area."
In the coming weeks Czyz will be on the road a lot. The first destination is the Reebok U Camp, formerly known as the ABCD Camp, and from there he will play in an All-Star game featuring several elite talents. Czyz will then travel with his AAU team to participate in the Adidas Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas from July 22-26, and will participate in an event in Kansas City.
"I hesitate to list off the schools he's interested in because I don't want to leave anyone off," said Brown. "But there is a long list of schools showing interest, and I think he's pretty open to all of them right now."
Czyz has unofficially visited Louisville and attended the UK Elite Camp in Lexington earlier this month. He plans on taking trips to Arizona State, UCLA and Pepperdine in the coming weeks, and might work in a trip to Duke. Where do the Cats stand with him?
"Kentucky's coaches have been very consistent and very persistent in recruiting him," his coach said. "I know he had a great time at Kentucky a little while back. They have a great coaching staff up there, and I know it's a school he's shown a lot of interest in."
Czyz is reported to have a 40-inch vertical and has good range on his jumper when he sets up.