Louisville still has two scholarships left in the Class of 2016 and is now recruiting Australian SG Dejan Vasiljevic

The University of Louisville basketball staff has a new target for the Class of 2016. The Cardinals are now in the mix with Australian shooting guard Dejan Vasiljevic, who is expected to make five visits to schools this winter before making a decision.

There's a new name on the recruiting list in the Class of 2016 for the University of Louisville men's basketball team.

Australian shooting guard Dejan Vasiljevic confirmed to Cardinal Authority that he's been talking with the U of L staff and could be making a visit to campus at some point in the next few months.

The 6-foot-2 Vasiljevic is 18 and attends the Centre of Excellence in Melbourne, Australia.

Vasiljevic said "a whole bunch" of schools have jumped into the recruiting mix and noted he will narrow his list to a top five "sometimes in the next 10 days or so." He didn't want to go into detail what schools were in the mix.

"It's nice because its like all of the hard work I have done has paid off," Vasiljevic said. "It's pretty cool but it's also busy.

"I've been doing a lot of research on schools and coaches. We don't see college basketball as much in Australia, so I've had to do a lot of work to try and find out the information I need."

Vasiljevic has only played in the United States twice, including the 2013 adidas Nations event and a Borders Camp last winter. But he said he's intent on attending college in America.

"I'm excited about it all," he said. "I'm having fun."

Louisville assistant coach Mike Balado has been in touch with Vasiljevic and is trying to coordinate a date for a potential visit. Vasiljevic said he was supposed to speak with Rick Pitino in the next few days.

"Rick Pitino is a great coach," he said. "I've been researching and he's one of the top three coaches of all-time in college basketball. His teams win and he's a really good coach."

Vasiljevic said he is currently trying to watch clips of games on the Internet to "see what style" fits his game. He said he will make two official visits in December and three in January before making a college decision.

Considered one of the top international players eligible for the Class of 2016, Vasiljevic has played in five FIBA events for Australia and has averaged a combined 15.2 points a game. He averaged 13.3 points this summer for Australia in the FIBA U19 World Championships.

Vasiljevic's parents are from Eastern Europe but he was born in Calgary, Canada before moving to Melbourne.

In 2013, Vasiljevic began his time at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence, which is the central program for Australia’s elite junior basketball players – based in the Australian Institute of Sport.


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