Stefan Jankovic…High Ceiling
Published by Stephen Brodzinski on May 21, 2010
Stefan Jankovic’s journey to the states took him to The Kiski School in Saltsburg, PA, with fellow Canadians Sim and Tanveer Bhullar. It hasn’t taken long for this 6-foot-10 sophomore wing player to make a name for himself.
That’s right, I said 6-foot-10 wing! At that size Jankovic possesses a smooth package of moves, along with athleticism and body control. He is consistent from the outside, and versatile enough to take it in the paint. For a sophomore at his height, his ball handling and shooting are well above the curve. And his time in the U.S. has already helped improve his game.
Jankovic says, “I feel like I have improved a lot in my first year at Kiski Prep. I have the opportunity to play against a lot of good competition, and it is helping me take my game to another level.” This competition will continue to increase as Jankovic plays for Basketball Stars of America AAU during the coming summer months.
Kiski Prep will also be playing a tougher national schedule next season, which will continue to challenge the young prep star. Jancovic compares himself to Hedu Turkoglu, a scoring wing with size. However, with his length and athleticism, as well as his ability to put the ball on the ground, Jancovic plays more like Utah Jazz forward, Andrei Kirilenko.
Daryn Freedman is the head coach at The Kiski School, and has turned the little known program around in less than a year. Freedman has seen Jankovic develop, and understands his potential, “Stefan has a tremendous combination of skills, athleticism, and size. It is very common to see him handle the ball and make a great pass on one possession, hit an NBA three the next possession, block a shot on defense, and then dunk the ball over two players on the next possession. Stefan is still maturing physically and attempting to become a complete player. However, his ceiling is unlimited.”
You do not see many 6’10” wings at the high school level. He is already receiving a lot of attention on the recruiting front, gaining interest from Kentucky, Pitt, West Virginia, USC, and Stanford, among others. This will be a big summer, as his name continues to grow on the national recruiting radar. If Jankovic continues to improve, he could be a household name in a couple of years.