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Thursday / July 27.
  • Kansas, Oregon, Texas among latest to recruit 7-foot-1 Balsa Koprivica

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    Kansas, Oregon, Texas and Arizona State are among the latest to begin recruiting 7-foot-1 Balsa Koprivica, his AAU coach Brad Augustine told ZAGSBLOG.

    Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and LSU recently offered the Class of 2019 big man from Serbia as well, while Koprivica told Rivals several other schools are working the hardest for his services.

    “UCLA, Kansas, Baylor, Miami, Florida, USC, Louisville, Florida State, Wake Forest and Arizona,” he said. “(Those) are the schools talking to me the most often over here.”

    As first reported by Rivals.com, Koprivica will transfer to Windermere (FL) Prep and won’t be on the AAU circuit this summer as he’s training with the Serbian U18 team.

    Augustine, who runs the adidas-sponsored 1 Family AAU program, compares to Koprivica to two of the greatest European bigs ever to play in the NBA.

    “Balsa has the chance to be one of those once-in-a-generation-type players,” said Augustine. “He’s 7-1 with an impressive frame and has the footwork of a polished wing performer. We see him growing into the mold of Pau Gasol or Dirk Nowitzki, a skilled 4/5 who is deadly out to 18-20 feet. His IQ and understanding of the game, coupled with his Euro experience give him a large advantage over the traditional American player.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.