“At 7-foot-1, Balsa Koprivica has a tremendous skill-set for his size. He can score with his back to the basket, but the most intriguing part of his game is his ability to step out and hit mid-range shots, as well as put the ball on the floor,” said Garrett Tucker of HoopSeen.com
A consensus top-60 national recruit…a four-star recruit by Scout, Rivals, 247 Sports and ESPN…the No. 12 center and the No. 56 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class according to 247Sports…considered to be the third best player in the talent-rich state of Florida…considered by many to be a game-changer…has all of the tools to be a very effective big man…has good hands, can consistently make jump shots and has strong rebounding abilities…a very mobile athlete…a finisher and a solid passer from the post…teamed with Duke star Vernon Carey, Jr., to win the Under-15 AAU National Championship at the Nike Peach Jam in 2016…a member of the Serbian Under-18 team that won the gold medal at the 2017 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championships…participated in the Basketball Without Boarders Global Camp in 2017…played with the Georgia Stars AAU Team…averaged 14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks per game during the 2018 Peach Invitational.
Totaled 2 points and 1 rebound in 6 minutes of playing time in his Florida State debut at Pitt…
Graduated from Montverde Academy in 2019…attended the Orlando-based school during his junior and senior seasons…Montverde finished with a 22-3 record in 2019…helped Montverde advance to the semifinals of the GEICO High School National Championship Tournament where they fell to IMG Academy by a 74-73 score…helped Montverde to a 35-0 record and the school’s fourth high school GEICO High School National Championship in 2018…has a wingspan of better than 7-3 and a standing reach of better than 9-1.
Attended University School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in eighth, ninth and 10th grades…was ranked as the nation’s No. 1 player in the 2017 sophomore class…averaged a double-double of 22.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 blocked shots as a sophomore…led the Sharks to a 20-7 record as a sophomore, a 15-9 record as a freshman and to 11 wins as a member of the varsity team in the eighth grade…averaged 16 points, nine rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots as a freshman.
Born May 1, 2000…Balsa is the son of Tatjana Cavic and Slavisa Koprivica…moved with his mother to the United States from Serbia in 2012 when he was in sixth grade from Belgrade — the capital of Serbia…learned to speak English as a youngster in Serbia as English is taught in Serbian schools…is fluent in speaking Serbian and English and speaks a bit of Spanish…his dad, Slavisa, played professional basketball in Serbia from 1985-2008…gets his height from his dad who is 6-9…his dad also played in the 1992 Olympics against the original Dream Team…played soccer and participated in Taekwondo as a child…began playing basketball at age seven-years old…enjoys playing video games and is an accomplished drawer…a member of the Serbia Under-18 National Team…models his game after Anthony Davis, Kristaps Porzingis and Nikola Jokic…received his first scholarship offer from Baylor in 2015…received 15 offers during his first two seasons in high school at University School…selected Florida State over Gonzaga, Miami, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson, Southern California and Baylor…major is exploratory.