Mike Brey is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to recruiting Nikola Djogo since offering a scholarship.
Djogo impressed during a workout last month as Brey and assistant Anthony Solomon were in town to watch five-star forward Thon Maker, another target. Within a day, Brey reached back out to Djogo with an offer.
Brey or Solomon has been in touch just about every day leading into this weekend’s official visit.
“It’s on a daily basis,” Djogo said. “If not, then it’s like two days with coach Solomon and coach Brey. They’ve been really great about the whole thing. They’ve called my high school coach, my AAU coach, my dad, friends. Just friends that we have had a common connection, one of my trainers in Hamilton. They’ve reached out to all kinds of people.”
Djogo has been doing his research on Brey and Notre Dame as well. He’ll get some on-the-ground intelligence in the coming days with an official visit, his second of the recruiting process following a trip to Northeastern.
Solomon started to outline what to expect during the visit outside a football weekend atmosphere. Pickup games with current players and a sideline view of practice are on deck.
Getting a look at how the program is run up close will be an important factor.
“Everyone only sees the finished product,” Djogo said. “But as a basketball player, I know hard work and what you have to put in to become the type of player some of those Notre Dame guys are. It’s great to see what process they took and how I would be fitting in the same way.”
Djogo is weighing a Notre Dame offer along with those from Northeastern, Penn and Winthrop. Interest has been picking up from Kansas State, Nebraska, Butler, Wichita State and Wisconsin with those programs interested in seeing if the 6-foot-7 wing wants to visit.
Right now the plan is to take things slow. Djogo could wait and sign in the spring, although it’s possible a commitment could come during the fall signing period.
“I’m not here just sitting and waiting for the biggest and best schools to call,” Djogo said. “I’m just trying to find the best possible fit for me. If I don’t feel like I’ve found it or schools I don’t think are the best fit are calling then I’ll probably wait. But if I find a school that I really love and can see myself playing (at) for the next four years, I wouldn’t hesitate to just commit.”
Djogo doesn’t yet have any other official visits scheduled.
He could play the process out into the season and see if a productive year playing elite prep school competition at Orangeville Prep leads to more offers. Notre Dame, on the other hand, would like to get things done before that becomes a possibility.
“I feel like that’s one of the reasons they offered very quickly,” Djogo said. “I also think that plays a role in the confidence coach Brey has in how I’d fit into the system. When he calls and recruits and talks to me, he’s so sure of how well I would fit into Notre Dame. That’s also reassuring for me.”