Andrej Stojakovic, the son of Peja Stojakovic, has ascended into high school stardom ranking as the No. 24 overall prospect in the 2023 class and has become a highly sought after recruit in the process.
The 6-foot-6, 185-pound small forward out of Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit recently completed his first two official visits to UCLA and Stanford and the four-star prospect caught up with 274Sports to recap his time on campus.
“It was great, the facilities over there are unmatched,” Stojakovic said of his most recent visit which was to UCLA. “Guys like Amari Bailey and Jaylen Clark, they explained how it is to be a UCLA athlete over there; everyone loves you. I didn’t go when the students were there but it was a great campus and visit overall.”
Throughout the course of his recruitment to UCLA he has gotten to know the Bruins head coach, Mick Cronin, and had high praise for him.
“He’s a character,” he said. “Off the court he is one of the nicest guys ever. He keeps it real with you, he’s a straight shooter and it’s been great to talk to him.”
UCLA recently hired Ivo Simovic, an assistant coach from Serbia with a long history with European players but most notably a long history with Stojakovic’s father.
“He’s known my dad for a long time,” he said. “I just met him on the visit but I’m just going to keep building a connection with him. He was a trainer for the longest time in Europe, he got a couple of people to the NBA and he turned down multiple NBA jobs just to work at UCLA so that means something.”
Prior to his visit to UCLA, he made his way to Stanford where Jerod Haase and Rob Ehsan have been making Stojakovic a top priority.
“It was by far the most impressive campus,” he said of Stanford. “It was a huge campus. Just seeing how the staff welcomed me and my family with open arms, it was great.”
Throughout the Cardinal’s recruitment of Stojakovic, him and Ehsan have built a close relationship.
“It’s amazing, he reaches out and checks in almost every day just to see how I am doing and it’s been great so far,” he said of his relationship with Ehsan.
On June 20th, Stojakovic will head to Saint Mary’s for an unofficial visit to one of the very first programs to start recruiting him.
“Coach [Justin] Joyner and coach [Randy] Bennett have been one of the firsts to recruit me in this process and my interest has remained the same so I am going to go visit them,” he added of the Gaels.
Right now, Stojakovic still says he doesn’t plan on making a decision until his senior season and plans to take more visits to places like Kentucky, Texas, UConn and others.