Skilled Big Man Enjoys Missouri

The Missouri Tigers had several unofficial visitors on campus this past weekend to check things out, and spoke with one of them who has the Tigers among his top 5 schools to get the latest.

The Missouri Tiger basketball program had a lot of unofficial visitors on campus this past weekend during the start of the Tiger football season.

One of the top visitors on campus was Huntington, WV C/PF Stefan Jankovic 6'11" 235lbs, who came to town on an unofficial visit to learn more about Coach Haith's program.

"It went really well," said Jankovic. "I didn't really know much about Missouri before I came there, so it was great to be able to see things and find out more about it. I got see some of the campus and facilities and talk to Coach Haith and Coach Fuller, he's my recruiting coach,and meet some of the players like Ricardo Ratliffe, Mike Dixon and others. Everyone was really nice."

I asked Stefan what stood out the most to him from his time in Columbia?

"I would say the fans. The fan support was just great. All the people who came out for the football game, but they also really support basketball and the players. I was impressed by that,"he said.

Stefan talked a little about how Frank Haith has said he would use his talents as a player should he come to Missouri.

"I really like what Coach Haith has said about where I would play if I came to Missouri. He would play me at the 4 and I would play in the high post. I like that the most because I can use my ability to shoot and pass the ball. I averaged 6 assists last season and I have NBA range on my 3-point shot. Plus, I can put the ball on the floor and attack the basket. That's the type of offense I am looking for."

Jankovic , who plans to major in business, has narrowed his list of schools to 5 with Missouri being one of them along with Wake Forest, Florida State, Syracuse and Purdue.

While this past weekend was an unofficial visit, he plans to return to Columbia soon for his official.

" I am going to Florida State for my first official visit this coming weekend. And then I will be back to Columbia for my Missouri official visit in two weeks. This unofficial was because I didn't really know a lot about Mizzou and wanted to check things out and make sure it was a school I really wanted to take an official to. It exceeded my expectations, so I am looking forward to coming back," said Jankovic.

One of Jankovic's teammates at Huntington Prep is Negus Webster-Chan. Stefan told me that he and Negus are planning to both take their official visits to Missouri at the same time.

Missouri is the only school still on both players lists.

"We talked about it this past week. We'd like to take the visit to Missouri together. It's not set yet, but that is the plan,"said Jankovic." We've talked about playing together in college. We'll see."

His remaining official visits will be to the other three schools on his short list.

I asked him if any school stood out over the rest at the moment.

"I would have to say that Wake Forest has probably been number one until now. Things are evening up and Missouri is a close second after my visit, but Wake Forest has been recruiting me for the longest, and I have known that staff the longest. I plan on taking my visits and keeping an open mind about all the schools."

Jankovic is originally from Serbia and moved to Canada when he was 5 or 6 according to him. He said that with his travels that distance is not a factor in where he plays.

He described his game as being that of a 3 skill wise, being able to shoot the three, put the ball on the floor and drive and attack the basket and use his athleticism and passing skills, but he also said that he rebounds well and likes to play defense. He has a 7'2" wingspan and said that he can block shots well.

He has a definite timeline for making his decision.

"I plan on signing in November for sure," said Stefan. will continue to follow his recruitment and upcoming official visit to Missouri in the coming weeks.

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