A couple of new names have emerged on the radar the last couple of days to possibly fill out the roster for the 2012-2013 roster and one of them will be visiting Lexington today. Mislav Broja, a Croatian import that played last season at Traders Point Christian in Indiana is one of the players that are creating the most buzz as the Spring Signing Period reaches the halfway part. Broja is a 6’5, 220 SG and is listed as a three star prospect by Scout, but at this point, most team are not looking for starters, but for players to fill the gaps and solidify the roster. Brzoja has been referred to as a “shooting” specialist and was part of the Croatian U19 team that upset the United States. Apparently Brzoja really impressed coaches at the Nike Spring Showdown this weekend and UK coaches were in attendance:
Mislav Brzoja – 2012 – 6’5, 220 2G – Trader’s Point Christian Academy This uncommitted senior was very impressive throughout the entire event. He is built like a frontline player, but he sees the floor and handles the ball like a point guard, and he shoots it well with range. I wish he were just a bit more explosive off the floor. But his ability to find open teammates with on-time / on-target passes if very unique for a player his size. He certainly had some top-tier coaches watching him throughout, including John Calipari of Kentucky and Buzz Williams of Marquette, (my apologies for not naming everyone in attendance – there were 20-30 DI schools specifically watching Mislav).
Word is that Brzoja “apparently needs a strong spring semester and good ACT score to get admitted” to Northwestern, which is one of the schools recruiting him. I do not know what the admission standards are at Northwestern and if they are significantly higher than Kentucky’s. It appears that both Brzoja and Torian Graham, anoth player that Kentucky is looking at, may have trouble becoming eligible.