TORONTO - Ryerson University men's basketball head coach Roy Rana announced Tuesday that former Chicago State forward Nem Stankovic has transferred to Ryerson and will suit up for the Rams beginning with the 2011-12 season.

Stankovic, a 6'9"-245 combo-forward from Toronto played for Chicago State during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons before playing 2009-10 with Tennessee Temple of the NAIA.

"In Nem Stankovic, Ryerson basketball has added a great talent who has experience at a very high level," said Rana. "He is a very powerful and strong athlete that has the ability to hurt defenses on the perimeter and in the post. A physical rebounder, he will immediately upgrade our young front court in all areas and most importantly add experience."

Prior to his time at Chicago State, Stankovic was a highly touted recruit out of Vaughan Road Academy (formerly Vaughan Road Collegiate) in Toronto, where he helped lead his team to the provincial championship. Stankovic was ranked one of the top power forwards in Canada while averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks per game in his senior year of high school. He also played for the Grassroots Canada club program.

"It is another great sign in the development of our program that athletes like Nem are choosing to return home and finish their careers at Ryerson," said Rana.

Stankovic, who will have two seasons of CIS eligibility remaining, is currently enrolled and taking classes in Ryerson's radio and television arts program.

"Nem is a young man of great character who is a great fit in our locker room," said Rana. "He is working hard to support and help develop our younger players."  

Stankovic is the second member of Rana's 2011 recruiting class.

2011-12 Ryerson University Men's Basketball Recruiting Class
F Nem Stankovic (6'9", 3rd) - Toronto, Ont. - Tennessee Temple University
C Ryan Evans (6'11", 1st) - Ottawa, Ont. - Earl of March S.S.