Dragicevich Talks Miami Visit

Alex Dragicevich previously told RedHawk Insider that he is looking for a school with a strong basketball tradition, a coaching staff he likes, and also is a good academic school. He also wants a place he feels comfortable on and off the court. After his visit to Miami University, Dragicevich tells R.I. how Miami measured up to his criteria.

Standing at 6'6" and 200 pounds, Alex Dragicevich is one of the biggest shooting guards in the nation. The Glenbrook (IL) North standout previously told RedHawk Insider that he is looking for a school with a strong basketball tradition, a coaching staff he likes, and also is a good academic school. He also wants a place he feels comfortable on and off the court. On Monday, the Chicago area standout took a visit to Oxford, Ohio to visit the campus of Miami University. Did Miami measure up to his criteria?

Dragicevich said on the unofficial visit to Miami, "It was cool really. Nice campus. Coach Grunk (Jason Grunkemeyer), (Coach Ryan) Pedon, (Coach Jermaine) Henderson, and (Head Coach Charlie) Coles are great guys. The coaching staff is awesome. Real jokesters. They showed me how they will use me in the offense and the style of play. They will play me on the perimeter and use me as a wing and go out on ball screens. They showed me tapes on how I would be used."

Dragicevich could also be the focus of the RedHawks wide open spread offense. "They said they are going to have an open spread offense with the recruiting class they have coming in." Dragicevich added, "They have a couple of big time guards coming in from Ohio (Orlando Williams and Allen Roberts) and a great guard transferring from Nebraska (Cookie Miller). The kid from Tennessee (Drew Kelly) is big. They are going to have a spread floor, up tempo style that fits my game."

Dragicevich is familiar with more than the Miami basketball program. He knows a lot of people from the Chicagoland area who go to Miami. Dragicevich said, "It is just as popular as any Big Ten school. It is a prestigious academic school. (Oxford) is a good college town."

This summer, Dragicevich is again running with the Full Package AAU club. So far, Full Package has been doing well and recently won a local tournament. Full Package will compete near Oxford in July's Take 5 Classic in Cincinnati. Full Package will also play in a tournament in Las Vegas.

Besides Miami, Dragicevich also visited Michigan in February and Indiana a few weeks ago. He has attended the Elite camps at IU and Loyola-Chicago. He will also travel west and attend Gonzaga's Elite camp. He has no other visits planned at this time.

He has taken unofficial visits to Utah before last season started and Depaul in the Spring of 2008. Dragicevich previously said Depaul is no longer in the mix.

Dragicevich said the schools interested in him right now are Miami-OH, Utah, Colorado, Oregon State, Michigan, Indiana, Wake Forest, Gonzaga, Loyola (Chi), and Rhode Island. Of those, he has solid offers from Miami, Loyola, Rhode Island, Utah and Colorado. Dragicevich previously told RedHawk Insider that he also had offers from St. Louis and Valparaiso, but that is no longer the case.

Dragicevich has no particular leaders and is not close to making a decision.

Despite his size, Dragicevich is a proficient ballhandler. Previously, Dragicevich to RedHawk Insider that he learned to be a good perimeter ballhandler playing guard his whole life. Dragicevich explains, "I was 5'10" in eighth grade and started growing. I always played point guard. I would definitely like to play guard in college. The 2 or the 3. I want to stay on the perimeter."

Dragicevich is a great outside shooter, but can also score on the drive. Dragicevich said, "I play shooting guard. I like to make plays both as a slasher as well as a shooter. It separates me from other guys. I am a versatile guard. I have a quick release. I can pull up on guys and score in the midrange too."

A player Dragicevich aspires to play like is Nick Calathes of Florida. "I watch him a lot," Dragicevich explained, "He is 6-6 and can shoot the rock."

Dragicevich makes free throws about 90% of the time.

Stayed tuned to RedHawk Insider as we follow Alex Dragicevich in the future.


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