Erazem Lorbek update

It's been almost two months since <i>Inside Carolina</i> broke the story that UNC had offered a scholarship to Slovenian forward Erazem Lorbek. So, <I>IC</i>'s overseas correspondent John Ervin checked up on Lorbek yesterday, with help from <i>IC</i> translator Damir Hrustic.

UNC assistant coach Doug Wojcik traveled to visit Lorbek last week. Wojcik wasn't able to see a game, but he sat down with Lorbek and his father for 90 minutes and picked up some new game tapes.

Lorbek mentioned that he "liked what he heard" about his potential teammates at Carolina, referring to the three signed recruits.

As far as his school list, the order is the same for the coveted Slovenian. "UNC leads, but UCLA is second," he said, noting that he's received increased attention from other schools. As noted in the previous IC report, both UNC and UCLA have already offered scholarships. He said that he hears from Carolina almost daily via email.

Having already passed the TOEFL test, the SAT is the only obstacle remaining in order to qualify for NCAA eligibility. Lorbek is awaiting the results of his first attempt at the SAT, but he said regardless of his score, he'll travel to Vienna, Austria to take the test again shortly.

As a projected post player (with perimeter skills), Lorbek knows he'll need more muscle to compete in the paint in college. He said he is now 209 CM (6-10) and weighs 107.5 kilos (237 pounds). "I am lifting weights trying to get bigger," he added.

Lorbek's team is off to a 1-3 start, which has noticeably upset him. He plays with the 1B Union Olimpija team from Ljubljana (Slovenia), which is in the 1B SKL ("Slovenska Kosarkaska Liga" = Slovenian Basketball League). It is amateur status basketball, as 1A Union Olimpija is in the professional league. Lorbek's father, Radovan, is the manager of the Union Olimpija program.

On a sidenote, he mentioned that he has a younger brother who also plays on his team. "My brother may be better than me," he said.

Inside Carolina is excited to report that we'll be traveling to Ljubljana in about two weeks. John Ervin will be filing the report, likely including photos and video, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, for more on Lorbek, check out last month's in-depth report -- Tar Heels offer Slovenian forward.

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