Fresh off the July evaluation period and a trip to the Final Four the previous year, Wisconsin basketball hosted four-star Westchester (IL) St. Joseph 2016 power forward Nick Rakocevic on an unofficial visit Tuesday afternoon. At the end of the trip, the highly-regarded big man left feeling really good about his time there.
“I think the visit went great,” Rakocevic told Badger Nation. “I got spend with a lot of the players and sit in on an open gym. I saw some highlights of this past season. It was really a fun time.”
“I would say the visit was about an 8 or 9,” he added. “I would say that just because it is a great campus, the coaches made me feel real comfortable, like I was at home, and I got to play with the guys, so it was just a fun time. Overall, it was a great visit and Madison is a real beautiful city.”
The 6-10, 200-pound power forward comes in as the No. 11 power forward and is one of the most wanted big man in the nation with offers from Creighton, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Miami, Northern Illinois, Xavier and Wisconsin. Although Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan was on vacation, the Badgers’ assistant coaches made a point of selling him how well he could fit in their system.
“Coach Close and Coach Lamont Paris were just saying how my game fits well with their type of play,” said Rakocevic. “With their big men, they have had success and how versatile they can be. They are looking for a guy that is versatile for the 4 or 5 position.”
Rakocevic does not have any visits coming up till the fall, but maintains he’s highly interested in Wisconsin.
“I am pretty interested and I can’t really say where it is as far as all the other schools,” he said. “It is too early and I’m still young. I don’t (have) a top list. I’m definitely interested in Wisconsin though.”