2009 Intro: Mat Piotrowski

Although he didn't get a lot of exposure on the AAU circuit, Atlantic Christian School (NJ) standout Mat Piotrowski caught the eye of enough college coaches as high-major programs have been in this month to evaluate the 2009 center.

Although he didn't get a lot of exposure on the AAU circuit, Atlantic Christian School (NJ) standout Mat Piotrowski caught the eye of enough college coaches as high-major programs have been in this month to evaluate the 2009 center.

"NC State, Stanford, Penn, Virginia, and Arizona State are pretty much the main ones recruiting me," said Piotrowski. "They haven't offered me yet because they are still coming in and watching me play. We're looking at planning a couple of visits here soon. I'm definitely thinking of visiting NC State right now. That's the main one I plan on visiting. They popped up out of nowhere and have been showing a lot of interest in me. They are really pushing me to get down there for a visit."

Heading up Piotrowski's recruitment for the Wolfpack is assistant coach Larry Harris.

"I enjoyed meeting coach Harris and talking with him," said Piotrowski. "He's really nice and easy to talk to. I think I impressed him when he came in for one of my workouts. He said he was impressed and that he didn't know I could shoot the ball as well as I can.

"Coach Harris has been in once and he said he was going to bring the head coach back real soon... I think we're going to hear from them in the next couple of days."

Piotrowski is an intriguing prospect. At 7-foot-1 and 250 pounds, he has a solid frame and could add even more weight. He also has good bloodlines. His father, Tom Piotrowski, played his college ball at LaSalle. Also 7-foot-1, Piotrowski was selected in the third round of the 1983 NBA Draft by Portland and spent a season with the Trailblazers before playing professionally in Europe.

Still a work in progress, Piotrowski believes that he brings a lot to the table.

"I think I can shoot better than a lot of the big guys out there, and I'm pretty good with my face-up moves," he said. "Right now, I feel a little more comfortable facing the basket than with my back to the basket. It's just something I've always done.

"I definitely need to work on my strength. That's something that will come as I get older and my body gets stronger. I need to improve on my strength and my quickness, but I think I'm putting it all together."

There are some options out there for Piotrowski. Because he is still maturing physically and as a player, the option could be there to attend prep school before picking a college. Also, some colleges have mentioned redshirting his first season.

"I've been thinking about it," he said. "I could go to prep school and I think that would open some more opportunities for my recruitment, but I think I kind of want to go ahead and start my college career. NC State and Stanford have mentioned the possibility of me redshirting my first year. It's something I would definitely consider, but I don't have to decide on anything right now."

Piotrowski hopes to take a couple of visits this fall. He maintains that he doesn't have a leader or a set timetable.

"They are all pretty even right now," he said. "I'll probably start to rank them once I visit and see what they are all about. I don't know a lot about the schools right now, I just know that they all are in great conferences.

"I want to take a few visits in the fall, but we don't have any timeframe for making a decision or signing. We're going to take things slow. If it really feels right then I would definitely do it, but we're not rushing anything."

Mat Piotrowski isn't the only recruitable athlete at Atlantic Christian School. His brother, Luke Piotrowski, is a 6-foot-9 wing in the 2011 class who is already hearing from college programs.

"A lot of the college coaches make jokes about package deals," said Piotrowski. "At the same time, I think they are probably serious because it is something that could happen (going to the same school). Luke is about 6'9 right now so he's going to be a big three or a power forward."


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