After completing one of the most memorable seasons in program history, the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team has now added some excitement to their offseason by picking up their first recruiting commitment for the class of 2015.
6-foot-3, 180-pound shooting guard Brevin Pritzl verbally committed to play for Bo Ryan’s Badgers Thursday after receiving an offer from the school back on May 13th.
A junior at De Pere High School, Pritzl was rated as a four-star recruit by 247Sports, who also ranked him as the 71st best player in the 2015 class. He averaged 20.9 points per game this past season as the Redbirds claimed a share of their fifth straight Fox River Classic Conference title.
For his efforts, Pritzl earned Wisconsin Division I All-State honors.
While those certainly are impressive accomplishments, it’s his AAU play this spring that caught the attention from various schools and sent his stock soaring.
Just earlier this month, he scored 41 and 37 points in consecutive games in a tournament in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In the second game, all 37 of his points came in the second half.
He received offers from numerous schools, a list that includes Marquette, Creighton, Xavier, Davidson, Drake, Toledo, Northern Illinois, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Wisconsin-Green Bay, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also garnered interest from several other big name programs, including North Carolina, Indiana, and Michigan.
A lifelong Badger fan, Pritzl took to Twitter to express his excitement after the announcement of his commitment was made official.
— Brevin Pritzl (@LilB_Pritz) May 23, 2014
His ascension from a mid-major prospect to one that was grabbing the attention of schools from major conferences took many by surprise, including Pritzl himself.
It’s been kind of a crazy ride, I’m not used to this kind of spotlight, if you want to call it that. Before the season, I was kind of a mid-major kind of guy and as this spring has progressed I’ve played well to the point where people are starting to look at me a little bit more.
Pritzl is the first commitment of a recruiting class that will be pivotal for the future of Wisconsin basketball.
Because of this fact, Bo Ryan and his coaching staff know that they have to put together a deep recruiting class to fill the void that will be left by the departures of so many key players.
Landing Brevin Pritzl is a pretty good start.