July 17, 2007

Czyz picking up more big offers

Just a few weeks ago when Cardinalsports.com reported on Nevada (Reno) star Olek Czyz, the 6-foot-8 forward was somewhat of a sleeper who had caught the eyes of several high-major programs, including Louisville and Kentucky. Now, Czyz has picked up two more high-major offers and more could be coming.

Rated as the No. 85 prospect in the nation, it has taken a while for Czyz to get noticed. But he hasn't been looking at the rankings, and he still maintains they aren't on his mind. "I don't care about all the ratings. I just get out there and play all that I can," Czyz told Cardinalsports.com. "I know I'm successful with everything I've done this summer, but it doesn't matter how people look at me, or if I have three stars or four stars. It doesn't matter where I am."

The people who really count are noticing what Czyz is doing on the court. Arizona State, Louisville, Kentucky, and Washington State had previously offered him, and more are constantly coming. "I got offered by Duke and Kansas, and today (Monday) UCLA will be calling me about if they are going to offer me or not, and so will Florida.

"It's amazing," he added. "Last year I could not imagine all of those schools, and now it's just like a dream. I'm really happy with all the attention."

Czyz has visited both Kentucky and Louisville this summer, and the Cardinals continue to show heavy interest. "Rick Pitino and his son, Richard Pitino are recruiting me," the prospect said. "They're great guys, and they really look forward to having me and would love to have me in their program. They're just excited about me."

Do the Cards have a shot? "Yes, they definitely will have a shot because they have a lot of spots that open up after this year," Czyz answered. "They have six guys (possibly) going pro, so I can see a spot for me to play there. So I can seem them in my top five."

Czyz will close out his summer at the Super 64 Tournament in Las Vegas before he heads to Kansas City for an Invitational Event. After that, he'll fly back to Poland to close out the summer with a two-week vacation to his homeland. "I enjoy it but you get tired," admitted Czyz when asked about the hustle and bustle of the AAU circuit. "Uou have to play all the time, and you have to talk to coaches all the time. It keeps you busy from having a social life.

"But this summer was very successful," he added. "I put a lot of time and a lot of work into it, and it paid off. so I'm really happy with that."

Czyz said he plans to narrow his list down to five schools prior to leaving the U.S. for his trip to Poland. Once he comes back, he said he'll take his five official visits before making a decision.

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