Brzoja verbals to NU; waiting for admittance

Three-star guard Mislav Brzoja has given Northwestern his verbal commitment, but is waiting for admittance to the university.

Three-star guard Mislav Brzoja has given Northwestern his verbal commitment. The only thing standing in the way is NU's admissions.

Brzoja, a 6-foot-5 guard from Croatia, currently living in Whitestown, IN., send his transcripts in for review, and is expecting to receive the results in the coming days. He is confident the transcripts will be accepted, and feels Northwestern is the perfect place for him.

"I think that(Northwestern) would be a good fit for me," Brzoja said. "Their style of play is good for me. I I want to play in the Big Ten."

Brzoja attends high school at Traders Point Christian, where he starred with NU 2012 signee Alex Olah.

During an unofficial visit in Evanston, Brzoja met with Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody, where he was sold on the school. Brzoja will be asked to compete for the starting point guard position.

"They didn't promise me anything," said Brzoja. "[Carmody] said, every year, a player needs to deserve their minutes. I don't want to go somehwere where a coach will promise you everything, then you sit on the bench. It doesnt make sense."

Brzoja's recruitment was led by Northwestern assistant coach Ivan Vujic, also a native of Croatia, who helped the Wildcats land Olah and class of 2013 forward Milos Kostic. Brzoja's relationship with Vujic was also a key selling point.

"His honesty was important," Brzoja said. "I know he's Croatian, too, so know he will work with me and stand for me."

Brzoja has high hopes for the 2012-13 Wildcats, and believes the team will have a strong season.

"I hope we'll go to the tournament next year," he said. "I think we have a very good team."

Northwestern has added three-star forwards Sanjay Lumpkin and Kale Abrahamson, plus Olah to its 2012 recruiting class. NU also added Louisville transfer Jared Swopshire.

If Brzoja is not allowed admittance to Northwestern, he will elect to attend school at Dayton.

Chris Emma has covered college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports since 2009. He covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs.
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