Men's Basketball Adds Stefan Nastic During Spring Signing Period
April 15, 2010
STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford men's basketball head coach Johnny Dawkins has announced the signing of Stefan Nastic (Thornhill, Ontario, Canada) to a national letter of intent.
Nastic joins a nationally-ranked 2010-11 recruiting class that includes November signees Aaron Bright, Anthony Brown, John Gage, Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell. Stanford's recruiting class is currently ranked among the top-20 in the country by several sites (No. 9 by Rivals.com, No. 13 by Scout.com and No. 18 by ESPN.com).
A 6-11, 225-pound forward, Nastic was a four-year letterwinner from Thornhill Secondary School. Nastic is coming off a senior campaign in which he posted averages of 26.0 points, 15.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game. He was honored as one of five 2010 high school basketball all-stars by The Toronto Star.
A four-time MVP at Thornhill Secondary, Nastic also has extensive international experience as a dual citizen of Serbia and Canada. A member of the Serbian national under-16 team in 2008, Nastic was also invited to the Serbian under-18 team training camp last year.
'Stefan is a highly-skilled post player who we expect to play a valuable role in our program,' said Dawkins. 'With his size, skill set and work ethic, Stefan has the potential to develop into a solid contributor and his desire to win and make his teammates better is equally impressive.'
'I am excited to get started in the fall,' said Nastic. 'The coaches at Stanford are committed and true of their word. I felt very comfortable with the vision they have for the program and I really enjoyed my time on campus. Stanford is a prestigious university with a great reputation for academics and athletics. I am also looking forward to being part of such a talented freshman class, and have already played and trained together with Dwight (Powell).'
Stanford wrapped up the 2009-10 campaign at 14-18 overall, missing the postseason for the first time since the 1992-93 campaign. Despite multiple injuries, a considerable lack of depth and a projected last-place conference finish in the preseason media poll, the Cardinal reached the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals and finished with a better league record (7-11) than the previous year (6-12). An impressive feat considering Stanford's roster featured only seven true scholarship players, two returning starters from 2008-09 and six walk-ons.