North Carolina Forward Nears Decision

After visiting Penn State earlier this week, Borovnjak is set to make his college choice. See who the Nittany Lions are up against.

John Jordan knows a little something about preparing high school players for the next level. In the past five years, the Veritas Christian Academy basketball coach has sent 16 of his players on to compete at the Division I level.

Jordan knows one thing that always translates to the next level: if you are able to score with the ball in your hands, you will get your chance to play. Veritas' latest standout, Serbian born center Sasa Borovnjak, has shown that he can do just that.

As a junior, Borovnjak (pronounced Bor-ov-niak) averaged 14.2 points and nine rebounds in 40 games. He has also shown he can score in a variety of ways. He is able to post up with his 6-foot-9, 230-pound frame and he has also shown great accuracy from the perimeter.

“One word that describes him is 'versatility,' ” Jordan said. “He has the ability to score on anyone because of his size, but he also has great delay moves and has range out to the 3-point line.”

In his most recent game, Borovnjak scored 41 points in a 90-75 comeback win over Queens Grant High Saturday in Charlotte.

Following that game, Borovnjak flew to State College for an official visit to Penn State. The Nittany Lions are now one of two schools that Borovnjak is considering, the other being the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

As well as being on hand for Penn State's conference battle with Wisconsin Sunday, Borovnjak spent time taking in the atmosphere at Penn State. He came away impressed.

“It is a great school,” Borovnjak said. “I spent a lot of time cruising around campus and I really enjoyed it. It looks like a great place for me.”

The Veritas senior originally moved to the United States from Belgrade, Serbia in October 2007, with the intent of furthering his basketball skills while seeking higher education. Borovnjak has chosen to enroll as a business major, wherever he decides to go.

“That was one thing that I really like about Penn State, they are a school that is very serious about academics,” Borovnjak said. “They also have great facilities that I can use to help me improve on the court and off.”

Borovnjak was offered a scholarship while he was at Penn State and has said that he will make his final decision Wednesday. Before he commits, Borovnjak wants to discuss his decision with Jordan as well as close friend and recruiting specialist for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Steve Ptroevich. He will then announce his decision at a press conference Thursday during school.

“I just need to take some time talking with my coach and Steve about where the best place is for me to be,” Borovnjak said.

Before he had narrowed his decision down to Penn State and Charleston, Borovnjak had also received offers from Tulane, Western Kentucky and Fresno State.

He is anxious to play early and, should he sign with the Nittany Lions, the opportunity may be there. Penn State will be losing senior forward and four-year starter Jamelle Cornley after this season.

“(Cornley) graduating could be good for me,” Borovnjak said. “I think I could have a chance to play my freshman year, but you never know. I would still have to get up there, work hard and see what the coach thinks.”

Wherever Borovnjak decides to go, expect him to make an impact. He has the rare combination of size and agility that can drive opposing coaches mad.

“I think he can score at any level,” Jordan said. “If he can score he will play and it doesn't matter where.”

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