We’ve sat on this for a couple weeks here out of consideration. But hey once you follow the guy on social media, it’s time to talk about it. From what I’ve heard, Polish forward Igor Milicic Jr. of Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany) has been highly probable to come to UVA for a while. I assume the recent activity points to that being close to if not finalized. No idea if it’ll go down today, next week, or if he waits to visit in June. These Euro guys don’t always grasp that there’s a big interest in college recruiting.
My Amateur Scouting Report
I’ve watched about a half dozen of his games this year. First off, he’s legitimately used as a guard/wing over there. Very skilled, Extraordinary ball skills for a 6’9 guy. He creates for himself off the dribble in ways you don’t often see at that size. It makes him the prototypical combo forward in college. The question is can he defend well enough to do that here. The Euro game is very different, more positionless. Playing the 3 here means defending athletic 6’5 guards instead of the 6’7 skilled forwards he faces in Europe.
Right now, he’s a guy who does a lot of things well and nothing great. Should be useful right away, with a chance to become really good. Especially if his outside shot keeps improving.
You can find his stats here. Go back and compare to the previous season. He’s made a big jump in production and efficiency.
They’re still interested in adding another transfer. But I don’t believe there’s any serious targets, and it’s seen as a luxury. It’s all player by player. Looking for a difference maker. Shooting is considered the biggest need.
They’re not really going hard for Henry Coleman. There’s been contact. I think technically the door is open for him, but that’s probably not going to happen. He’d interfere too much in 2022 plans. I’m not sure if they ever contacted Boston College transfer Steffon Mitchell, but I’ve also heard there’s not serious interest in him.
They are after Iowa transfer guard CJ Fredrick. Again, seen as unlikely. But he probably fits the profile more of what they’re interested in pursuing.
Igor’s potential addition would lead to some changes in 2022 recruiting strategy, which I’ve noticed already being implemented. Swedish wing Bobi Klintman would be most impacted. This is essentially his role being filled. They’ll still recruit him. But expect them to widen the search in that spot to more of a best available fitting one of several future needs.