2016 big man Nick Rakocevic talks Indiana offer

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Class of 2016 St. Joseph (Ill.) big man Nick Rakocevic made his first trip to Bloomington on Thursday and left with a scholarship offer from Indiana, his third Big Ten offer to date.

The 6-foot-10 Rakocevic, who already had offers from Illinois and Wisconsin, made the unofficial visit with his mom and came away impressed with IU coach Tom Crean.

“I love that as soon as I met him he told me family was the most important thing,” Rakocevic told Inside the Hall. “When I heard that I was really impressed. I also like the fact that he is straight up with you. He isn’t going tell you what you want to hear.”

The IU recruiting effort of Rakocevic, led by associate head coach Tim Buckley, has been ongoing for several months now. His first trip to Bloomington offered him the chance to get a feel for the campus and facilities.

“He took us to see the school and the campus,” he said. “Then he showed us the gym and I met some of the players. The coaches said they like my game and I can improve on some other things but there are a lot of things they like.

“I was really happy, and proud of myself (when they offered). I looked at my mom and just smiled and took it in that Indiana just offered.”

In addition to the three Big Ten schools, Creighton, Miami (FL) and Northern Illinois have also offered a scholarship to Rakocevic. His recruitment has expanded in recent months as schools like Duke, Florida, Iowa and Oregon have also entered the mix.

Despite his size, Rakocevic isn’t your traditional back to the basket big man. Last weekend in Fort Wayne at the Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam at Fort Wayne with his Mac Irvin fire team, he said he also hopes to be able to play on the perimeter.

“I’m trying to be like a small forward, like KD (Kevin Durant) style,” Rakocevic said. “I definitely think I need to get stronger. To be a small forward, I think I need to improve a little bit on my midrange shot and definitely my ball handling.”

Indiana is expected to have a frontcourt player selected in the NBA draft lottery in Noah Vonleh, following Cody Zeller who went No. 4 overall last June to the Charlotte Bobcats. Zeller’s development in Bloomington was something Rakocevic had a chance to speak with Crean about on his visit.

“We talked a lot about Cody and his development,” he said. “I really enjoyed spending time with coach Crean.”

(Photo credit: Tracy Allen for Sun-Times media)

  • MeniscusDiscus

    My Higgs boson is the empirical evidence needed to prove that IU tosses out scholarship offers faster than a Hadron Collidor shoots particles.

    And if Sir Isaac Newton had been sitting in Assembly Hall when that support fell I doubt he would have recovered to have come up with his theory on gravity.

  • ForeverIU

    ROFL! If we accept your theory, then IU basketball is just moving to mother nature’s laws and there ain’t nothin we can do about it. Nice to see ya Meniscus. Missed ya.

  • calbert40

    I don’t disagree with you. Ryan’s model works exceptionally well. I just think it also would hurt him in recruiting circles.

    I can hear other coaches talking about Ryan to potential recruits: “Sure, Ryan will help you improve…once he takes off your training wheels in 2-3 years. We want you to contribute NOW!” I’m guessing that is pretty persuasive.

  • MeniscusDiscus

    (I could’ve said something tacky, like, “As far as theoretical quantum mechanics are concerned, I prefer the String Theory, especially as it applies to the bikini…”)

  • MillaRed

    He is Mr Whiney no doubt. Hard to watch. You mention recruiting, I wonder how he would do in a warmer climate. The weather is a factor up here.

  • ForeverIU

    Ha, no better “theory of everything”.

  • MeniscusDiscus

    Yeah, but can’t make a joke with the Theory of Everything. (You’s who wants can goog this physics phun stuff, but don’t know if it’ll help our team…)

  • ForeverIU

    I meant there is no better “theory of everything” than the String Theory. Our players and coaches are reading every comment on here and laughing their a$$es off, so might as well get them to laugh with us not at us. lol.

  • marcusgresham

    Does anyone have a pronunciation guide?
    RACK o SEV itch?
    ra KO suh vitch?
    RACK o SEV ick?
    ra Ko suh VICK?

  • calbert40

    It has to be. That’s one built in reason why we have always struggled to recruit players when we are going head to head with schools like UNC, IMO. I’m guessing the effect is smaller for basketball players than, say, baseball players, though.

  • ForeverIU

    Tim Priller said he was ready for colder weather. You never know. Could be some old Nordic calling in the genes. lol.

  • IUMIKE1

    Please do not bother to come in off the ledge.

  • IUMIKE1

    Hopefully we get both but what worries me is Crean’s propensity to not play 2 kids that size at the same time. I’m with you in that it has the possibility of creating some major problems for other teams……if he will play 2 kids that size at the same time and for more than just 2 or 3 minutes.

  • Ole Man

    KMA.
    None of that is negative.
    Have a nice day, troll.

  • Jersey Hoosier

    Want to share whatever you have in that bong, Big Boy.

  • Jersey Hoosier

    His model didn’t hurt him in the tourney this year, did it? (Or in the B1G tourney last year.) Man, where are you coming from? Have you actually observed how the Hoosiers have played under Crean? Two players taken in the first round of the NBA draft, and Crean can’t take them past the Sweet 16! This year – doesn’t require any further description.
    Take off whatever color glasses you are wearing, Bud. I may be on the ledge, as IUMike says, but I am seeing the world very clearly. Tweets do not inevitably produce winners, particularly CTC’s tweets.

  • calbert40

    Oh, great! Jersey has shown up to carpet bomb, ahem, educate us with his objective, stat-based discussion points. Huzzah!

    Look up some stats before typing. They are really easy to find. If you did, you’d realize that Bo’s teams typically struggle mightily in the tourney. Lots of high seeds followed by many earlier than expected exits. This year was more of an outlier than a trend…at least in comparison to previous seasons.

    If Ryan was our coach, you’d B & M all the time about how we can’t win in the tourney, and his system only works for the regular season, and he can’t ever get the big name recruits. But at least you make the board interesting with your name calling and badgering (pun intended).

  • IUMIKE1

    Would hate to waste good bud on someone like you, but with a “supposed” IU fan like you I would just be doing my duty as a real IU fan. I would share only cause I know there is a chance that it would cause you to go ahead and jump or stay on the ground after you jump off of the bandwagon next time. The loss of fans like you are nothing but a net gain for IU….if you’re even an actual IU fan that is.

  • MeniscusDiscus

    Absolutely agree on “String.” Writing a play about it. (And no, has nothing to do with a wacky group of young physics grad students sharing an apartment and….actually, never made it thru an episode of that show…)

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