Borovnjak Hoping for Pack Offer

Fletcher (NC) Veritas Christian power forward Sasa Borovnjak unofficially visited NC State this weekend with his head coach and several teammates. The trip left a big impression on the talented prospect.

Fletcher (NC) Veritas Christian power forward Sasa Borovnjak unofficially visited NC State this weekend with his head coach and several teammates. The trip left a big impression on the talented prospect.

"It was great," said Borovnjak. "I liked the players and coaches a lot. We got to talk with the players and went to their football game against East Carolina. I didn't get to see a lot of the campus, but I think I will see more of it later. I did like their facilities a lot."

"I know Sasa had a great experience," said Veritas Christian head coach John Jordan. "We had five kids up there that had never been to a college football game. What a great first game to see. I know Sasa is really interested in NC State and hopefully we hear something from them soon."

NC State has yet to offer Borovnjak a scholarship. Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Marquette, Xavier, and Florida State are in the mix, but it appears to he and his coach expect an offer to come from the Wolfpack in the very near future.

"I think they will offer me a scholarship," said Borovnjak. "I hope they do. They are supposed to be coming back to my school on Thursday to see me play. I think coach Lowe is coming in."

"Our situation is I would really like to see him go to NC State," said coach Jordan. "I've told coach Lowe and coach Strickland that. I told them that if he was offered, I would recommend him accepting because I believe NC State is the best situation for him. We have to survey other options and look at other places because an offer is not on the table, but coach Lowe told me that he is really interested and he likes Sasa. Everything he hears about him is great. He said he is 90% there (to offering a scholarship), but he just wants to come in and watch him first-hand. I can understand that... being careful to offer a scholarship."

Borovnjak had a chance to play pickup with the current NC State players and he felt he played well. However, NCAA rules prohibited the Wolfpack coaches from watching him play, therefore they are continuing to evaluate him and will do so at Veritas Christian.

"It was great to play with college players," said Borovnjak. "It helped my confidence even more because I felt like I played as good as any of them."

"I thought he played incredible," added coach Jordan. "He played great. Coach Lowe's kids were extremely impressed with him, but coach Lowe couldn't watch him play. That was the problem. I felt like he put on a show, and I think his kids felt that way. I believe they went back and told him how well Sasa played."

This week, Marquette, Wake Forest, and Cincinnati are expected back in for visits along with Washington State and East Tennessee State. NC State's staff is slated to come through as well.

"I think coach Lowe may have had an in-home with Derrick Favors today or tomorrow," said coach Jordan. "I think that is the holdup because of their scholarship situation. I believe they are waiting to see what Derrick Favors is going to do and what John Wall is going to do.

"[NC State is] supposed to come here this week and we're hopeful they come through with a scholarship. Coach Strickland assured me that coach Lowe is serious. I believe he's coming in with the intention of offering him.. I think that's what we are looking forward to."

What would Borovnjak do if NC State did offer him a scholarship?

"I think I will commit if they offer me," he said. "I talked to my friends and my brother, and I thnk it would be best if I took their offer. I'm looking for schools where I can play... I want to come in and play, and I think I can do that there."

"Sasa wants to play on the highest level and get the best education he can get," said coach Jordan. "He didn't get the AAU exposure a lot of kids received, but he will receive it this year with the type of schedule we play.

"I want to see him go to NC State, but if that doesn't pan out then he'll still be a high-major player because he is too good not to be. He is the type of kid that if he hasn't signed by the spring there will be a bunch of big-time programs all over him because he can play on their level."

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.

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