Mahorcic one of the best available big remaining

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It’s another busy day in the life of Dusan Mahorcic.

The Moberly Area CC (MO) forward spent the first couple of the hours of the day on the phone with college coaches.

UNC-Charlotte called and offered him a scholarship, along with Saint Louis. St. Bonaventure is planning on calling him soon, with even more coaching fielding calls to his mentor.

In all, USC, Charlotte, Pepperdine, Illinois State, Saint Louis, Tulsa and UMKC have offered him a scholarship.

TCU, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Arkansas, Mizzou, Arizona State and Florida State are all in the mix.

USC, who recently offered, has been around Mahorcic for years now. He originally wanted to play for the program out of high school but had to take the JUCO route.

Now that he’s a qualifier, he’s thankful that the offer came, even though he was expecting it.

“I’ve talked to coach Chris [Kapko] and coach [Andy] Enfield throughout my whole recruiting process basically. So I know them really well,” Mahorcic said. “My cousin [Nick Rakocevic] played there for four years, loved it and he’s apart of the winningest class in USC history.”

“It’s really exciting, not going to lie.”

Mahorcic has had quite the journey since graduating from high school. He was a rice grain away from being a full qualifier and ended up in the junior college ranks.

The junior college route proved to be just as sufficient and challenging as any level for Mahorcic and he spent the last two seasons of junior college basketball doing what he has always done: prove people wrong.

“Coaches say they like my mentality. I’m hard working, I’m a leader and the alpha male on the court,” the Serbian forward said. “I can handle the ball a little bit, shoot it, I’m really skilled in the post and really good in the pick and roll, and pick and pop.”

Last season for Moberly Area (MO), Mahorcic averaged 9.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game on 60-percent shooting.

He’s best used as a stretch forward or center, who can bang inside and hit 15-foot shots. He’s willing to play whatever role is required of him to help his team win but he prefers to play, “something like a power forward or stretch five,” he said. “Someone who can play the post but someone that can come up and do some stuff on the elbow.”

With Mahorcic recruitment heating up, he plans to stay open at the moment. He’s doing his researching on schools and getting a better feel for what he’s looking for in a program.

“If not starting, definitely playing around 25 minutes per game…that would be a good fit,” he said. “Definitely looking forward to being a captain for the team and looking for a team that has killers on the team, and players that want to win.”

Relationships will also play a big factor in his recruitment.

“It will mostly be about my relationship with the coaches and how much of a relationship we can develop,” he explained. “Like can I call my head coach anytime I want to? I’m also a real people oriented person and I want a good relationship with the players as well.”

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