January 31, 2008

Bruesewitz talks Iowa offer

Coach Todd Lickliter and his staff are having some very good success in recruiting the state of Minnesota and recently extended a scholarship offer to one of the top emerging prospects from the Class of 2009 in Mike Bruesewitz.

"I was real excited about the offer from Iowa," he said. "Anthony Tucker played for 43Hoops and we worked out a lot together this summer. He talked to me a while back and said that Iowa might be offering soon and then they called and said they had looked at a couple of my tapes and wanted to offer. I was pretty blown by it."

Brusewitz made the move to the Twin Cities from a community that he joked, was one or two hours from anywhere. Now at Henry Sibley High School, he has seen his stock rise, not only with the offer from Iowa, but Wisconsin jumped in as well.

"Then I was asked to give Bo Ryan a call and he told me he was offering a scholarship. I was like wow, I couldn't believe it. Honestly, I am still in a bit of a state of shock right now to get the offers and I am starting to do a little more research on both schools," he said.

Along with Iowa and Wisconsin, Valpo has also offered and Washington State is showing signs of offering shortly. Bruesewitz has scheduled an unofficial to Wisconsin on February 9th, Valpo on the 16th, and he plans a visit to Iowa very soon, along with a possible trip to Washington State.

Thus far the home state Minnesota Gophers and Coach Tubby Smith are taking a wait and see approach. According to Bruesewitz, one of their assistants recently made it to one of his games and they are going to continue to evaluate him during his high school season and have not indicated if an offer might be coming.

How did the 6-foot-6 and 190 pound forward start getting on the radar of college coaches. Like most prospects, he got noticed this summer playing AAU Basketball.

"I guess I got a little bit of a buzz in recruiting starting this summer when I played with 43Hoops. That really helped me a lot working out with them and it got my game going. I also moved to the Twin Cities this summer and now playing 4A ball has probably helped as well because more college coaches can come to see me play."

Whoever ends up landing Bruesewitz is getting a very talented player with a strong work ethic that can do it all on the floor.

"I like to be a tough guy on the floor. I also try to be versatile on the floor. I can go down and beat you up on the block, but if it is a bigger and slower guy, I can go around them. I can also step out and knock down shots. I think I have a pretty decent pull up game as well. On my high school team I have also been asked to bring up the ball and play a little point guard," he said.

Thus far this season, Henry Sibley High School is 12-4, with three of those losses to top five teams in the state of Minnesota and he is averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds a game on a balanced team. Bruesewitz scored 22 points and hauled down 11 rebounds in a loss earlier this year to highly rated Hopkins and limited fellow 2009 prospect Mike Broghammer to just six points in the contest.

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