Arkadia Traiskirchen general manager Helmut Niederhofer told The Tribune on Wednesday that the University of Utah's newest commit was "one of the biggest talents in Austria" last year, his first in the country's top division.
Seven-footer Jakob Poeltl, 18, "came from nowhere, and instead of developing slow, he was immediately making an impact," Niderhofer said.
Niederhofer said he watched Poeltl play for three years and felt that he would have been able to play in the first division one year earlier, but "his main thing was going to school," he said. "He didn't practice much until now. "
Poeltl's parents were both volleyball players, Niederhofer said, and his mom played for the national team.