The 6-10, 200-pound center was a hot commodity as well. ThunderRidge High School Athletic Director Sean Patterson said, “he’s one of the top centers in Colorado. He had a lot of colleges looking at him.” Pirog also received offers from Northern Colorado, Air Force, Columbia, Tennessee Tech, Liberty, Albany, Holy Cross, Lafayette, and some Division II schools.
“He’s matured and grown up a lot, and is a great kid on and off the court. He’s a leader,” Patterson said. And the thing with Pirog is he’s not just a stellar basketball player; he’s a very good student as well. Patterson said Ivy League schools were even looking to add Pirog to the roster. Another school he received an offer from? Yale.
But in the end, Pirog had to go with his gut. “I chose UNO because it was the best fit for me!” Pirog said. “Everything is on the rise there – I really like that!” Patterson also added that Pirog really liked the UNO coaches and Omaha as well.
One can also catch No. 33 on the court playing club basketball for the Colorado Chaos. His AAU team last year was the Colorado Chaos 17 Elite squad. Pirog also played alongside other high school elites in the Ty Lawson high school all-star game at Overland High School on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.
But in his last prep season, Pirog said the high school squad has been working really hard together as a team. “We push each other and that is what wins championships! I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my brothers!” Pirog said.
Last high school season, Pirog averaged 10.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. Check out this block master’s highlight video.