Christopherson Says Yes to Early Offer from Crean

Scott Christopherson says he wants to follow in the footsteps of the great guards who have played for coach Tom Crean at Marquette university. Mark Miller from Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook spoke to Scott Christopherson about his commitment.

Scott Christopherson says he wants to follow in the footsteps of the great guards who have played for coach Tom Crean at Marquette University.

"Marquette has had some great guards in Travis Diener and Dwyane Wade, and I hope to some day become another great guard at Marquette," said Christopherson, a sophomore at Melrose-Mindoro who accepted a scholarship offer from Crean on March 20. "I'm really comfortable with Marquette, and I really like coach Crean. I feel it's the best fit for me to become the best player I can be. I love coach Crean's system and the style of play at Marquette."

A 6-foot-2 combination guard who is ranked as the No. 2 collegiate prospect in the class of 2007 by the Wisconsin Basketball News, Christopherson selected Marquette over scholarship offers from Washington State and Wisconsin.

Other national programs were also interested and figured to begin pursuing Christopherson this summer.

"I think Scott made a good choice," Melrose-Mindoro coach Dave Cowley said. "Making the decision early will allow him to not have to deal with all the recruiting stuff in the next year.

"Every time Scott met with coach Crean, he had a positive experience. He just didn't see any reason to prolong the decision."

Christopherson averaged 22.5 points and six rebounds per game as a sophomore as the Mustangs finished 18-5. He shot 51 percent from the field and earned first-team all-Dairyland Conference honors for the second straight season.

In a 77-66 loss to WIAA Division 4 state qualifier Blair-Taylor on Dec. 21, Christopherson poured in a career-high 40 points.

Christopherson will spend his spring and summer competing for a talented Fox Valley Skillz AAU program that also includes sophomores Keaton Nankivil of Madison Memorial, Charlie Chapman of Arrowhead, Matt Dorlack of New Berlin Eisenhower and Andrew Zimmermann of Oostburg.

Christopherson is the youngest player to ever commit to the Golden Eagles program.

Beloit Memorial's Anthony Green, who is ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the state for the class of 2006 by the WBN, previously held that distinction when he verbally committed to Marquette last July, a few months before his junior year of high school.

"We talked about it at length, and Scott felt strongly that he wanted to commit now," said Scott's father, Dale Christopherson. "We laid out all of the pros and cons, and Scott just felt very comfortable with Marquette. I support him in that decision.

"He had been thinking very seriously about it for six or seven months. He spent a lot of time talking to people who are very important to him in basketball. He's very excited about his future at Marquette."

Christopherson likely will play both point guard and shooting guard at Marquette. He has an excellent first step to the basket and is a consistent perimeter shooter. He also is extremely athletic and does a solid job of locating open teammates.

"Scott scored mostly off of drives or perimeter shooting," Cowley said. "He can attack the basket very well off the dribble. He was also able to open up our inside game by knocking down some three pointers."

A fourth-team all-state pick by the Associated Press, Christopherson says Marquette's move to the Big East Conference had a positive influence on his decision. "Moving to the Big East is awesome," he said. "It will probably be the best league in the country."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Scott Christopherson announced on April 20 that he plans to transfer to La Crosse Aquinas High School for the 2005-06 school year.

MarquetteHoops.com Note:This article has appeard in Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook and was given to MarquetteHoops.com by the author, Mark Miller. To read more from Mark Miller about high school and college basketball in the state of Wisconsin, please visit the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook website at www.wbby.com.

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