Djurisic On Pack's Radar

Nemanja Djurisic played last year at South Kent (CT) School but elected to reclassify to the 2011 class and is poised for a big season.

Nemanja Djurisic played last year at South Kent (CT) School but elected to reclassify to the 2011 class and is poised for a big season.

"I think we're going to play pretty well," he said. "We're really playing well together and have good chemistry. I like playing with other players who are not selfish and care about the team, and we have that here."

Checking in at 6-foot-8 and 230 pounds, Djurisic has played well in the iS8/Nike Fall Tip-Off Classic, scoring 37 points for the New York Panthers in one game while anchoring the paint. He has also been starring for Montenegro's 18-under squad and is being recruited to play power forward on the next level.

"The college coaches like my versatility," he said. "I can dribble the ball, I can shoot it, and I post-up. I can play both inside and outside, and I play hard.

"I can probably improve on my handle some more and my footwork... also maybe my defense."

Djurisic is hearing from several programs and has already taken one official visit.

"I just had my first official visit and that was to East Carolina," he said. "It was alright. It was nice, but it was just my first one.

"I'm hearing from a lot of colleges but the main ones are Arizona State, NC State, Utah, Minnesota, Iowa State, and East Carolina. They all are talking about scholarship offers and how they want me."

NC State became involved over the past few weeks. Wolfpack assistant Pete Strickland is recruiting Djurisic, and he and Larry Harris have already evaluated him in a couple of workouts.

"I like coach Strickland," said Djurisic. "He's a nice guy. He's came up to watch me play a few times already, and he seems like he would be a good coach to play for.

"NC State is one of the schools I'm really looking to visit. I like everything about North Carolina State. I like the conference and the coaches. They've been real nice to me, and I've heard a lot of good things about the coaching staff. I also like the weather down there so I just want to get down and visit them."

Because Djurisic's recruitment is just picking up it doesn't look like he will sign during the fall signing period. He remains wide open and hopes to take all his official visits before committing to a college.

"For now I'm not going to sign in the first period," he said. "I want to take all of my visits so I can see all the schools first. I don't know too much about college basketball and the different colleges so I want to meet all the coaches and players.

"I know I'm going to be definitely visiting NC State, Arizona State, and Utah. I just want to find the best school where I can play competitive college basketball."

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