Northwestern offers junior center

With an eye toward the future, Northwestern extended a scholarship offer to a top 2014 target -- junior center Miroslav Jaksic. PurpleWildcats offers a detailed update on the center and where he stands.

Miroslav Jaksic already holds a handful of scholarship offers, and is likely to add many more. He's not taking it for granted.

The 6-foot-11 center, a native of Serbia and resident of Walled Lake, Mich., added an offer from Northwestern on Saturday. Like each offer that has come his way, he's very appreciative.

"It shows that my hard work is paying off, but I've got a long way to go to where my goals are," said Jaksic. "It's a blessing because Northwestern is a very good academic school. Putting all of that into consideration, it's a blessing."

A reclassified 2014 prospect, Jaksic also holds offers from Iowa State, Eastern Michigan, and Rhode Island. Duke and Michigan—each which have scouted Jaksic this week—are also showing strong interest.

Jaksic has already made a strong statement with his game, but is looking to continue that trend. He hopes there are more offers to come.

"I'm just focused on keeping working to make my goals a reality," he said.

In his first year at Walled Lake West, Jaksic reclassified to the class of 2014 after being a 2013 recruit while living in Canada. He was originally in the class of 2014.

With plenty of time to evaluate schools, Jaksic isn't going to rush his decision. At the moment, he does not have any favorites.

"It's too soon for that," he added. "I'm focused on my season and helping win games to the best of my ability."

In December, during Northwestern's 11-day winter-break layoff, Jaksic visited Evanston. His lead recruiter, fellow Serbian native Ivan Vujic, helped guide the tour around campus. Jaksic hopes to eventually visit each of his options.

While Jaksic is still taking his time, he already has a list of priorities to find in the perfect school.

"I'm looking for the right fit, to go to a school where I'm going to fit the system," said Jaksic. "I'll look at what kind of relationships I have with the coaches. Obviously, academics will have a big role, too."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats. He resides on Chicago's north side.
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