February 10, 2008

Bruesewitz nearing a decison

Although Wisconsin suffered a rare home loss at the hands of Purdue Saturday night at the Kohl Center, head coach Bo Ryan may have laid the foundation for his first verbal commitment in the 2009 recruiting class.

Mike Bruesewitz, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound from small forward from Mendota Heights (MN) Sibley High School made his first trip to Madison and came away impressed with everything the university has to offer.

"I got there and I met with Coach (Greg) Gard and we toured the Kohl Center and checked out the practice facility and the court itself," Bruesewitz told BadgerBlitz.com a few hours after he returned home Sunday night. "Then he took me around Madison and showed me a lot of the campus, the football stadium and the Shell.

"I had a pre-game meal with the team and I spoke with Jon Leuer because I played against him when I saw a sophomore and then I went back to the hotel and came back for the game. I watched the game and had a good time there; it was real fun. The crowd was real loud and crazy."

Currently holding scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Montana, Iowa and Valparaiso, Bruesewitz plans on visiting the latter two in the next couple weeks.

"I'm still going to take two more visits," he said. "I'm going to Valpo next weekend and then head out to Iowa during the first week of March. I had a real good time in Madison and I like it a lot. I like the Kohl Center, I like Coach Ryan, I like the coaches there, they're all great guys and it's a first-class program, but I'm going to check out these other schools first.

"I'm not going to put these guys behind me just because I made one visit to Wisconsin. I have to make sure I check out all my options and I'll probably make my decision after I visit those guys and I get to sit down and talk with people."

A decision that, according to the three-star prospect, could come sooner than rather later,.

"I'm kind of up in the air right now but I'm thinking I want to get it done before section play, which is in March," he said. "I'm not going to say this is the day I'm getting it done with because there could be other options coming in. Right now I'm just playing it by ear and seeing what I like. It will most likely be sooner rather than later.

"Washington State's kind of in there, but as of recently, I don't know too much about them. I'm just kind of feeling my way out and going where my offers are. But right now with Wisconsin, Valpo and Iowa, those are probably the top three right there, in no specific order."

Ryan and his staff have had past success in the state of Minnesota with 2008 recruits Jordan Taylor[/db and [db]Jared Berggren set to arrive on campus in the fall.
And with three anticipated scholarships available for the 2009 class, a verbal from Bruesewitz would appear to be UW's best chance to keep the active streak in tact.

"I've actually never talked to Jared Berggren, he's a little north and not quite in the city as much, but I have talked with Jordan a little bit and worked out with him a couple times, so I know Jordan pretty well," Bruesewitz said.

If his parting words were any indication of his mindset, its very realistic Minnesota will be represented in yet another Badger recruiting class.

"Hopefully I can come in and fill those big shoes of Joe Krabbenhoft and Marcus Landry," he said. "Those are pretty big shoes to fill, but I'm hoping just to come in there and kind of play that swing position for them. I can play the 3 or the 4, I can post up a little bit.

"I'm just really happy I got an offer; I'm really kind of surprised that the Wisconsin Badgers offered me, so I'm pretty excited right now."

Bruesewitz is one of a number of targets for Wisconsin in the 2009 class

The following is the audio file from the interview with Bruesewitz:

Mike Bruesewitz audio

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