May 19, 2006

Checking in With Chattanooga's Juric

Tennessee isn't particularly top-heavy with basketball talent in the Class of 2007, but the current crop of rising juniors in the state suggests that the talent shortage may be a temporary issue. Among several prospects who are coming off sophomore seasons that make them look like potential SEC-caliber players are Chattanooga's Phillip Juric, a player who has seen a steady stream of attention from recruiters since mid-winter.

Juric (6-foot-9, 245 pounds), from East Ridge High School, is a burly power-forward with some nice elements to his still developing game. Size and strength are obviously his forte at this stage, but he's got plenty of other skills that college coaches are seeing as attractive. He has a nice shooting touch out to 15-feet, passes the ball extremely well for a big-man-showing the ability to find and hit cutters as well as understanding how to pass out of the double team-and has the beginnings of a nice back-to-the-basket game.

In short, in addition to having ideal size for the next level, he's also got the basics of a complete post game, something that not all young big men possess in this day and age.

Juric already had the attention of plenty of SEC programs after his high school season, and his play during the spring evaluation period has done nothing to slow that interest down.

Tennessee, Ole Miss, Georgia, Florida, and Auburn have all been sending a steady stream of mail, with Clemson and Georgia Tech also showing recent interest. Virtually everyone in the OVC has offered already, but Juric is likely headed for a higher level of competion.

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