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Filip Petrusev enjoys Tennessee visit, weighing future plans
Filip Petrusev, the 6-foot-11, 215-pound Serbian forward from Montverde (FL) Academy, enjoyed his official visit to Tennessee last weekend and his weighing his future plans.
“The visit was great,” he said. “I’m really happy with what I have seen, great facilities, campus, coaches, bigtime basketball. They said that they need a more talented player than the ones they have who can make [an] immediate impact and play right away. That’s why they made me a No. 1 priority.”
Petrusev has also taken an official to Charlotte.
“Charlotte has a Serbian coach [Ivo Simovic] and Serbian players [Milos Supica and Luka Vasic],” he said of their appeal.
Petrusev now has three officials left from which to choose.
“It will be most likely between Arizona, Virginia, Gonzaga, Utah and Maryland,” he said. “I will try to do those visits by the end of the month and then decide and commit.”
Kevin Boyle Jr., the Montverde postgrad coach, said Petrusev has a high basketball IQ.
“Filip has surprised most college coaches with his height and mass,” he said. “He’s more filled out than many European prospects that are known for their perimeter skill set and it allows him to compete on the block defensively as well as score inside against true bigs. He’s got great IQ and his best skill right now is his ability to knock down open or contested threes.”
Petrusev averaged 5.3 points and 3.4 rebounds on the Serbian team that won the European U18 championship in August.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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.