Originally a class of 2014 prospect, 6-11 Walled Lake Western center Miroslav Jaksic came to the United States from Canada as a 2013 graduate. After deliberation, Jaksic has decided the prep school route is in his best interest, and he talks to GBW about his decision and his development this summer.
When Canadian center Miroslav Jaksic came to the United States and enrolled at Walled Lake Western High School a year ago, the 6’11 prospect was classified as a junior and member of the class of 2013. Fast forward to summer of 2012 and the skilled, developing big man has made a decision, one that could benefit him in a major way moving forward.
“I’m actually going to be a senior at Walled Lake next year,” said Jaksic. “What I’m going to do is graduate from Walled Lake Western and go a year of prep. I don’t know where I’m going to go for prep school yet, I’m just trying to focus on next year. I think it’s pretty official that I’m going to go to a year of prep school.”
“I was originally class of 2014 when I was here in Canada but then when I switched schools and went to the U.S. it changed and I was class of 2013,” said Jaksic. “I think for me to go in the class of 2013 is young, so I think I need an extra year to just keep getting better, work on my game, and let my body fill out.”
Normally a tough decision for a young man to make, Jaksic is seeing the move as a positive and embracing the extra time to grow into his slender frame and prepare for the rigors of college basketball.
“In the summer I’m doing what I did last summer, which is work out four hours on the court everyday and an hour in the weight room,” said Jaksic. “And then usually at night I would scrimmage university players or I would play in Detroit or in the summer leagues. I’ve been working on my game right now, I’ll be going two to three hours on the court and putting up 400 shots three times a week. And I’ve been in the weight room six times a week since school ended. In July I’m going to be starting every morning from eight to twelve on court workouts four hours a day, and a lot of drill for skill. A lot of shooting, dribbling techniques and post ups, working the post. After that I usually go to the weight room, and then at night I’ll just scrimmage.”
With time consuming plans in place on and off the court, Jaksic took his talents to Ann Arbor just a few weeks ago to compete in the Michigan Elite camp and attempt to impress the Wolverine coaching staff up close and personal.
“It was a great experience for me,” said Jaksic of camp. “I played against the other recruits and showed my game to the coaches. They’re really intrigued and they really like my skill level and stuff like that. The only thing is if I want to play Big Ten basketball, I have to get a lot stronger because my body has to still fill out and I’m still growing. I’ve hit a couple growth spurts the last couple of years I’m really thin, but I’m in the weight room six times a day, eating five times a day, so I’m working on that and still working on my game everyday.”
With Jaksic showing an improved ability to finish at the rim and already well-advanced post moves and footwork, the Michigan coaches, as well as several other schools including Purdue, are keeping an eye on him after receiving news of his reclassification.
“The University of Michigan knows about this, and some other schools that have been talking to me,” said Jaksic. “Some schools want me in 2013 but some want me in both and don’t care if I graduate in 2013 or 2014. I think that extra year will be better for me than graduating next year.”
Regarding Michigan, Jaksic says, “They’re more interested in me going to the class of 2014. They wouldn’t be as interested if I was in the class of 2013. And I think that’s right because I was originally supposed to graduate 2014 anyway.”
Three scholarship offers have already been sent out to class of 2014 recruits by John Beilein and the Michigan coaching staff, but not one has been given to a true big man. If Jaksic can continue to get stronger and improve his conditioning, there’s no reason to believe he wouldn’t be looked at closely to slide into Beilein’s wide-open offense.