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Thursday / June 20.
  • Vanderbilt lands Montverde Academy big man Oton Jankovic

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    New Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse continues to build his team after taking over the SEC program.

    The newest addition to Stackhouse’s squad is 6-foot-10, 215-pound forward Oton Jankovic, an athletic, mobile, skilled native of Croatia who plays for Montverde’s CBD team.

    “They were really the school that I’ve been waiting for,” he told ZAGSBLOG. “[Stackhouse] was in the NBA and it’s just going to be incredible to be around him and the whole staff. They give me confidence that they will work on my game and develop me the way I’ve been dreaming of.”

    Jankovic previously took official visits to Saint Louis and Georgia Tech.

    Jankovic is a face-up big man who should help Vanderbilt going forward.

    “I think I can play multiple positions,” he said. “I like to say that I’m a position-less player. I will work my ass off to become the player I know I can be. Offensively, I can play a lot of positions but I want to be able to play defensively as well. I want to be able to guard those players, so that’s my plan.”

    Vanderbilt recently added commitments from Notre Dame transfer D.J. Harvey and from Class of 2019 forward K.J. Martin, Kenyon Martin’s son. The Commodores also have pledges from point guard Scotty Pippen Jr., shooting guard Jordan Wright and small forward Dylan Disu.

    For more on Stackhouse and Vanderbilt, read my feature on Forbes SportsMoney.

    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who runs ZAGSBLOG.com and contributes to The New York Times. Follow Adam on Twitter.

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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.