With the 2019/2020 roster apparently now set the Green Bay Phoenix coaching staff wasted no time looking towards the future.
Green Bay has five scholarships to fill for the 2020 recruiting class and the first scholarship offered during the spring recruiting period went to 6’8” forward Jacob Ognacevic on Monday.
The big man from Sheboygan Lutheran just capped off a sensational junior season in which he guided the Crusaders to a 27-2 overall record and a Division 5 state championship scoring 35 points and grabbing 19 rebounds in the state title game victory over Columbus Catholic.
Ognacevic ranked third in the state in scoring this season at 30.2 points per game and 4th in the state in rebounding at 15.7 per game.
“Versatile forward prospect who can score around the basket and from the perimeter,” his WisSports.net scouting report says.
At 6’8” he does most of his damage around the basket and is highly efficient shooting 69.3% from the floor this past season. However he also showed the ability to occasionally step out and knock down the outside shot shooting 32.4% from behind the arc, though he averaged less than three 3-point shot attempts per game.
Ognacevic is also an outstanding rebounder and was a unanimous first team All-Big East Conference pick the past two seasons and named second team All-State this season. He reached 1,000 career points faster than Sheboygan Lutheran legend and current NBA player Sam Dekker and has drawn some comparisons to him as a player.
“His length and timing on the glass are impressive, as is his ability to run the court, finish above the rim and make some shots from outside the lane,” WisSport’s Mark Miller wrote following the state tournament in March.
He’s the #6 ranked prospect in WisSport’s player rankings for Wisconsin’s absolutely loaded class of 2020 prospects that includes several that will be high major players including two of the top 100 recruits in the country.
Green Bay is the fourth school to offer Ognacevic a scholarship along with DePaul, Indiana State, and Milwaukee. Creighton, Nevada, and Loyola-Chicago have shown interest as well.
The Phoenix have five scholarships available for 2020 to replace outgoing seniors Kam Hankerson, ShanQuan Hemphill, JayQuan McCloud, Josh McNair, and Cody Schwartz.