A week and a half ago, Fordham made news with the signing of Nemanja Zarkovic, the Serbian-born point guard who migrated with his family to Canada in 1998.
Zarkovic is a senior at Montreal's College Jean-De-Brebeuf where, earlier this month, he led his team to the provincial championship.
Fordham, in desperate need of a point guard due to the departure of senior Branden Frazier, had been actively recruiting players at that position.
Zarkovic, who can shoot, play defense and do a lot of other things well, is excited about getting the opportunity to play the point.
"I want to help lead and distribute the ball," he said in a phone interview just a few hours after signing his National Letter of Intent with Fordham.
"I don't need to score. I don't have that in my mind. I just want to help the team win. That's exactly the position I wanted and that's what they offered me."
His high school coach, Mike Chmielewski, is confident he'll be able to step right in and contribute. He praised his makeup just as much as he did his jump shot and defensive skills.
"He's got the mentality," Chmielewski said. "Everyone overlooks the mental aspect of being a point—leadership, holding your teammates accountable, making sure they're in the right spots or on the same page. That stuff doesn't show up on a sheet, but it's way more important."
Fordham can also turn to Antwoine Anderson, a redshirt freshman who was ineligible this past season, for minutes at the point, and Pecora won't hesitate to try out others at the position as well.
"A lot of teams I've coached I made sure there were three point guards," he said, one day before Zarkovic announced he was coming to Fordham. "I've played two point guards next to each other and had great success. They're going to go out and compete for minutes. It really doesn't matter who's in here."
What does matter is that someone—whether it's Zarkovic, Anderson, or both—steps up and proves to be a capable point guard.