By Jeff Borzello
Heading into the summer, Stefan Jankovic was looking forward to showing off his versatile game in front of coaches and increasing his recruiting interest.
That all changed when he suffered a stress fracture at the Pangos All-American Camp in June and then reinjured himself at Peach Jam.
“It kind of put my recruitment to a halt because I wasn’t able to play and coaches weren’t able to see me,” Jankovic said. “And it gave me time to look at the schools that were recruiting me previously and the ones that stuck with me.”
His extra time on the sidelines helped him advance his recruitment after the AAU season ended, as the 6-foot-9 Serbian native and Canadian resident recently trimmed his list to five: Wake Forest, Purdue, Georgetown, Florida State and Missouri.
“My whole plan was to cut my list down sometime after the AAU season, that’s why I did it now,” Jankovic said.
He currently has four of his five visits set up: Missouri on September 2, Florida State on September 10, Purdue the first weekend of October and Wake Forest the weekend after that. Jankovic’s trip to Georgetown hasn’t been planned yet.
Jankovic, a versatile small forward who plays at Huntington Prep (W.Va.), gave a brief reason as to why each of his quintet made the list.
Wake Forest: “They’re my leader, first school to really recruit me hard.”
Purdue: “Great relationship with assistant coach Greg Gary. I like their system.”
Georgetown: “I have a great relationship with the coaching staff. I’ve visited before, enjoyed the campus.”
Florida State: “They’ve developed versatile players like me and coach [Leonard] Hamilton is a great coach.”
Missouri: “Showed me an unbelievable amount of love – both head coach [Frank] Haith and assistant coach [Tim] Fuller.”
With Wake Forest at the top of the list, Jankovic also said Georgetown was likely No. 5 out of the schools. “The other ones are in the mix for second,” he said.
It might seem like the Demon Deacons will be tough to beat, but Jankovic isn’t ending the race just yet.
“I mean, they’re a leader,” he said. “And I haven’t really seen any other schools than Georgetown and Wake, so I want to see how the campuses and teams are at the other schools.”
Jankovic has a long list of criterion for when he eventually makes a final decision after his visits.
“Great relationship with the coaching staff; system fits my game; good academics,” he said. “Good conference, playing time and a great history in the program.”
While Jankovic had time to make progress in his recruitment during the summer, he is still several weeks away from making a decision.
In the meantime, he’s focused on getting healthy for his senior campaign.
“I’m recovering well,” Jankovic said. “I’ll be back in time for the season.”