UNC Showing Interest In Senior Nick Rakocevic

North Carolina has been in recent contact with the unsigned senior forward.

HILLSIDE, Ill. --- After a poor showing on the grassroots circuit in 2015, Nick Rakocevic has been driven to produce a strong senior year.

"Motivation wise, I had a bad summer. That's all the motivation I needed, to be honest," Rakocevic said. "It was a tough summer for me so I was able to recuperate, go back to work and things have been better than ever this year."

He's averaging a double-double for defending state champion Westchester (Ill.) St. Joseph and the improved play has sparked renewed college interest for the unsigned 6-foot-11, 205-pound senior.

"Most interest is from Miami, Auburn, North Carolina, Louisville, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Creighton and DePaul," Rakocevic said. "I'm trying to visit North Carolina and Louisville soon."

Rakocevic has been in touch with North Carolina since last year, but there's been recent dialogue with Tar Heel assistant coach C.B. McGrath.

"We've been having some really good conversations between me and the coaching staff," Rakocevic said of North Carolina. "[C.B.] seems like a really cool dude. I want to get to know them more. I think it's a great fit for me, so I want to get to know them a little more.

"They keep telling me to play my game, play as hard as I can and they want me to continue to dominate. They want to see me continue to get better."

North Carolina is one of the campuses that Rakocevic would like to see at some point and he's hoping to check out Chapel Hill as soon as possible. With both the Tar Heels and Rakocevic busy with their respective seasons, that opportunity hasn't presented itself yet.

"I don't have a time frame right now [on setting visits]," Rakocevic said. "I know that it'll probably be after the season but I'm going to try to get up there earlier if I can."

St. Joseph is off to a 11-2 start and it's all the more impressive when you factor in that Rakocevic is the only senior on the roster. During the Proviso West Holiday Tournament in late December, the Chargers finished in fourth place in a loaded field as Rakocevic put up 18.5 points, 15.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game.

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