After a whirlwind year of college recruiting for Cochise Junior College 6-foot-9 sophomore post Matt Korcheck, it has come down to two high-major division-I basketball programs.
Korcheck saw his large share of college recruitment after a strong freshman season last year propelled him as the ACCAC conference's and one of the nation's top 2012 junior college post prospects. Korcheck and Cochise Junior College head coach Jerry Carrillo heard from just about every division-I program in the country over the past year, which each school looking to land the tough, hard-nosed juco post prospect.
As a result, Korcheck played through the recruitment this season and was selected as a 2nd Team All-Conference selction, while Jerry Carrillo earned another ACCAC Coach of the Year honor, after leading Cochise to the regular season conference title.
I caught up with Carrillo recently about Korcheck's current recruitment, and he advised me that his player is down to two high-major division-I programs in his college recruitment, as the University of Arizona and the University of Oklahoma are the two finalysts in landing Korckeck.
Korcheck recently took an official visit to the University of Oklahoma and plans to take another recruiting visit to the U of A this weekend. Carrillo told me that Korcheck does not have any other visits lined up at this point, so he could be making a decision between these two programs.
Korcheck landed at Cochise JC in the spring of 2010, after failing to qualify academically by the NCAA's standards. Korcheck originally signed with UTEP after a high school career at Sabino High School in Tucson.
Korcheck is a strong and athletic post presence with a strong ability to rebound and defend the low post. He runs very well and competes at a high level, while playing with a very good attitude on the floor. While he still needs work offensively, his defensive presence is a nice attribute for any team. His big, athletic frame is very attractive to the eye.
Korcheck also looks to be on pace to graduate from Cochise JC this summer.
Arizona Preps will continue to follow Korcheck's recruitment closely this spring, and bring you any updates as they develop.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Korcheck is a tough, defensive-minded low-post talent with an excellent build and strong physical frame. His body is very attractive, allowing him to definitely look the part. He runs the floor like a guard and runs hard. Competes at a high level on both ends of the floor, so he is capable of picking up fouls as a result, but he is an asset on the defensive end of the floor. Excellent rebounder with a very physical nature. Solid shotblocker, although that is not his strong suit. A good low post scorer that enjoys physical contact and gets to the free-throw line quite often. Good finisher. Has good hands. Can catch and face the basket out to 15 feet, but is most effective on the low block. OK shooter from mid-range, but needs to become more consistent away from the basket. Has solid low-post footwork, but still needs development on his low post moves to reach his full potential as a player. His toughness and ability to compete are his most attractive attributes. As he develops offensively, he will see his game progress nicely. Has some upside.