Mislav Brzoja denied admission to Northwestern, will attend Dayton

Per Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune, Mislav Brzoja will not be attending Northwestern next year, as he was denied admission due to a "marginal test score". And I suppose it must have been quite marginal, since Greenstein reported a few weeks back that Brzoja had a 4.0 GPA as a high school senior. Brzoja will instead attend Dayton.

This is disappointing news to say the least. Rodger discussed Brzoja in an earlier post, and he likely could have contributed to the basketball team immediately. In addition to Dayton, Brzoja drew at least cursory interest from Kentuck and also had offers from Marquette and Providence.

I will have quite a bit more to say about this in the future, but regardless of your opinion on Northwestern's admission standards, you have to feel for Bill Carmody. Last season one of his team's biggest problems was a lack of depth, so he hits the recruiting trail and brings in a kid who will add to the team's depth and potentially help replace John Shurna's three point shooting (Brzoja's best skill is apparently his outside shooting). And he manages to get this kid to commit to Northwestern over other schools with far more basketball success historically, only to have the admissions office say that Brzoja can't attend, despite a 4.0 GPA as a high school senior. No wonder many pundits call Northwestern one of the toughest jobs in college basketball.

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