Mirkovic down to three; Louisville visit set

Luka Mirkovic seems destined to play his college ball in the Big East. The 6'11 forward from La Lumiere (IN) HS has narrowed his list to a trio of Big East programs and he'll visit two of those schools this weekend. Mirkovic gave InsideTheVille.com the scoop.

Luka Mirkovic seems destined to play his college ball in the Big East. The 6'11 forward from La Lumiere (IN) HS has narrowed his list to a trio of Big East programs and he'll visit two of those schools this weekend.

"I've pretty much more or less narrowed my choices (down) to Louisville, Marquette and DePaul. Those three schools are my top choices," said Mirkovic. "I'm going to visit Marquette this Saturday and I'm going to visit Louisville this Sunday when (they) play Villanova. It's going to be a very busy weekend, plus I've got a lot of homework."


Mirkovic will visit Louisville this weekend.

Now that Mirkovic's high school season is over, the Serbian native is preparing to turn his full attention to choosing a school. What does he like about those three Big East programs? Mirkovic broke it down this way:

DePaul: "Jerry Wainright is a great coach and DePaul is in Chicago and I am a city kid. I grew up in a city that is two million people and I like the city atmosphere. I think they are a good team and I will be able to play my first year. And they play in the Big East which is one of the best conferences in the country."

Marquette: "Marquette pretty much the same reasons as (DePaul). They have a great coach and a good school academically. They have a great history – Dewayne Wade went there. Good basketball."

Louisville: "Louisville, on the other hand, Rick Pitino, in my opinion, is probably the best coach in college basketball. They have a great team and made the (NCAA) last year. It's a great school academically and Louisville is a nice city. I've heard a lot of good things about it. Coach (Delray) Brooks told me a lot of good things about Coach Pitino."

Mirkovic has become a hot prospect with his performance this season. He averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds and had a big effort with Rick Pitino looking on two weeks ago, with 37 points and 17 rebounds against the Couriers.

"The factors will be how much I will play as a freshman because I really want to play my first year and how (each school) develops their players and how the coaches treat their players," Mirkovic said. "And I also want to play for a winning team. I do not want to play on a losing team. I want to win and play every single year (in) March Madness."

Mirkovic said he hasn't spoken with Pitino yet, but has talked with Louisville assistant Walter McCarty. The Cards coaches envision Mirkovic as a suitable replacement for David Padgett next season because the two have similar skills sets.

"I didn't get a chance to talk to (Pitino) when he came to watch me play. Him and Coach McCarty had to head back to campus because the weather was pretty bad," said Mirkovic. "But I have talked with Coach McCarty. They say that my style of game is similar to (David) Padgett's game – a lot of screens, popping out – of course playing down low and scoring like Padgett. I like that idea a lot."

Mirkovic said he has no favorite right now. He plans to visit DePaul, probably in the next couple weeks, before making his decision.

"I'll probably wait until April because I really don't want to rush my decision," said Mirkovic.


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