South Kent's Djurisic commits to Georgia

ESPN's Adam Finkelstein is reporting on his recruiting blog that South Kent (Conn.) post-graduate big man Nemanja Djurisic verbally committed to the University of Georgia yesterday.

Finkelstein writes that Djurisic, a native of Podgorica, Montenegro, took visits earlier this month to both UGA and Kansas State, after visiting Arizona State earlier this season. He was also considering St. John's, Charlotte, Rhode Island, East Carolina, Fairfield and Stony Brook.

"Nemi really enjoyed the coaching staff," South Kent head coach Kelvin Jefferson told Finkelstein. "And he feels that he has a chance to compete for minutes on a team that has a chance to be very good."

Finkelstein also thinks that Djurisic -- believed to be one of the best uncommitted 2011 big men left on the East Coast at the time of his verbal -- could serve a versatile role for a program like UGA. He writes:

Djurisic offers something unique because he is a skilled power forward who can go both inside and out and has a game that is tailor made for offensive structure at the next level.

"Nemi is a very skilled four-man," Jefferson said. "He can score and rebound in the paint or he can stretch defenses with his ability to shoot the 3."

While he may never end up matching the 20 points and 10 rebounds he averaged this year at South Kent, I believe this is an important commitment for Fox and his staff. Djurisic is the type of guy who is going to have a long four-year career and continue to get better. The versatility of his skill set is exceeded only by his feel for the game. He is also a terrific passer, solid team defender on the interior and high-volume rebounder.

Scouts Inc.'s latest evaluation of Djurisic reads as follows:


Djurisic is a versatile big man who can impact the game in a variety of ways. He is a rugged big man with a strong body and willingness to play through contact, but also possesses an inside out skill set, good feel for the game, and crafty instincts inside the paint. He scores with both hands around the rim, is a capable low post scorer, can stretch opposing defenses to the arc, and handle the ball in the open court. He doesn't mind banging on the block, has a good nose for the ball, goes hard to the glass on both ends, and is a well schooled team defender.


While Djurisic is a little more mobile laterally than he looks he isn't an exceptional athlete vertically and so can run into match-up problems against bouncier and more explosive big men, especially when he can't match their size or length. Offensively, he is a bit of a jack of all trades but master of none as he doesn't have any one overwhelming weapon that consistently allows him to create his own shot.

Bottom Line:

Djurisic is solid in all aspects of his game and his biggest strength is his ability to do so many little things to help his team win games without having to score in high volume to make an impact. He projects as a solid role player at the high-major level or an impact player at the mid-major level.

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