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Basketball: Austrian 7-foot prospect undecided

The general manager of an Austrian first-division team said 7-foot teen-age prospect Jakob Poeltl, who visited Cal in early February, “will wait a few more weeks before he makes a decision.”

I exchanged emails this week with Helmut Niederhofer, general manager of the Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions of the Austrian A Bundesliga, who gave high praise to Poeltl.

“He has great potential,” Niederhofer said. “His biggest strength is his brain. He learns incredibly fast and has a great presence on the court.”

Niederhofer said that because Poeltl, an 18-year-old native of Vienna, attends classes during the day, he practices only in the evenings.

In 2011, Poeltl was named MVP of the Austrian U16 national championships.

Poeltl visited Cal, Arizona and Utah on his trip through the U.S. If he signs with Cal, he would arrive on campus next fall and be part of the 2014-15 team.

The 225-pound power forward averages 12.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots for Arkadia, and shoots a remarkable 72.3 percent (81 for 112) from the floor. He has four double-doubles.

Poeltl scored a season-high 24 points in an Oct. 26 game vs, Gussing and had 18 on Oct. 7 against Zepter Vienna. In his most recent game, Feb. 16, Peoltl had 11 points and 10 rebounds in a 102-55 win over UBSC Graz.

The Lions play next on Sunday against Furstenfield.

Jeff Faraudo

  • BlakeStreetBear

    How could tucson or slc even compare to BERKELEY!!?!? C’mon Jakob, do the right thing, come to CAL. Go Bears!

  • KC

    If we can’t land the 7’0″ Austrian center, I think we need to offer Cameron Oliver, a 6’8″ F from Grant HS in Sacramento. Very athletic player who could help us next season.

  • Richard Truong

    The WildCats are a top 10 team every year so you’re almost a lock to the Tourney every year if you sign with AZ, if he chooses Utah over AZ and CAL, now that would be huge upset but he’s considering Utah because his fellow Australian Andrew Bogut went there.

  • sunshipballoons

    Wow, really? Austria and Australia are different countries.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    And the article even mentions Vienna! C’mon Richard, you know better than that…don’t you?? Vienna is definitely NOT in Australia.

  • Sheepteaparty

    Utah would be the best fit for him. He would add to the already deep recruiting class coming in for Utah.

  • UtahAlumnus

    I’m sure he was being funny. Right?

  • BlakeStreetBear

    I seriously doubt it, considering his choice of “grammar”. I think “Richard Truong” is a young troll and he can’t help his ignorance, whether grammatical or geographical.