In-State Product Set to Visit

Fletcher (NC) Veritas Christian Academy senior forward Sasa Borovnjak and several of his teammates will be in Raleigh this weekend to unofficially visit NC State and watch the Wolfpack face off against East Carolina.

Fletcher (NC) Veritas Christian Academy senior forward Sasa Borovnjak and several of his teammates will be in Raleigh this weekend to unofficially visit NC State and watch the Wolfpack face off against East Carolina.

"I'll be bringing Sasa up to NC State and a few of our other players for the East Carolina game," said Veritas Christian head coach John Jordan. "We'll be leaving on Friday and take an unofficial visit and probably head back after the game sometime on Saturday evening.

"It's going to be Sasa and some of our other guys. We have three other senior Division I recruits, but they are probably low-to-mid Division I kids. We have a sophomore, Edge Warren, who is already 6-foot-9, and I think he's going to be really good. He's already generating some interest, and he'll be coming up with us this weekend."

A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Borovnjak is a versatile player capable of scoring in the paint and on the perimeter. At 6-foot-9 and 228 pounds, he has very nice footwork around the rim, is also a good defender, and an excellent rebounder.

He arrived at Veritas last October and has already added over 15 pounds of muscle to his frame. During his junior season, Borovnjak played in the paint with 7-foot-2 center Catalin Baciu, who is now a freshman at Clemson. In 40 games, Borovnjak averaged 14.2 points and nine rebounds, and he averaged 21 points and 12.4 boards over the final five games of the season.

"We think Sasa is a very good player," said coach Jordan. "We attended the 2008 NACA High School Division I Championship Tournament and there were probably sixty Division I players and eight or ten who were in the Rivals Top 100. Sasha played well enough there to be named the tournament's Most Valuable Offensive Player, and he got that even though we finished sixth in the tournament."

Borovnjak has been compared to a former NC State standout.

"The guy we mainly compare him to is [Ilian] Evtimov who played at [NC] State," said coach Jordan. "Sasa is bigger and is more of an inside post player, but I think that is a good comparison."

Borovnjak was all set to play on the AAU circuit with the North Carolina Gaters but an ankle injury prevented him from doing so. After heading back to Serbia for much of the summer, Borovnjak is back working out as teams are out evaluating.

"He's receiving a lot of attention," said coach Jordan. "Obviously NC State is recruiting him, with coach Strickland heading up his recruitment. Coach Strickland likes him a lot. He's been down here to see him.

"Washington State has offered, Xavier has been in and likes him a lot, Virginia Tech is on him hard, and coach Gaudio from Wake Forest is coming in Friday to watch him workout before we head out for NC State."

It appears that NC State is in good shape. The Wolfpack have yet to formally extend a scholarship offer, but coach Jordan believes they could be in the process of doing so.

"I think this is a big weekend for Sasha because he really likes NC State," said coach Jordan. "Honestly, I'm kind of partial towards NC State. I'm from Raleigh and I'm fond of their program. My big man from last year, [Catlin Baciu], found a great situation at Clemson and coach Purnell is a great coach, but it did hurt some when he said he was heading down to Clemson because I was sort of hoping he would head to NC State.

"Coach Lowe has seen Sasa play on tape and coach Strickland has seen him in-person. I'm confident that coach Lowe will be in to see him soon and hopefully it will go from there."

If NC State extends a scholarship offer this weekend, could Borovnjak verbal to the Wolfpack?

"I believe he would think about it," said coach Jordan. "Like I said before, I know he really likes NC State and I think it would be a good fit for him. The thing I tell my kids is that if they find what they are looking for there is no reason to continue waiting because schools will give you a little time but they will offer the next guy too and he could take your spot.

"It is still a little early with Sasa because he missed this summer, but we will see what happens on this visit, these workouts, and go from there."

A member of the 2009 class, Borovnjak is projected to play the power forward or center position on the college level.

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