Freshmen year couldn't have gone much better for Marquette Catholic (IN) High School forward Ryan Fazekas from an individual stand point. The 6'7, versatile scorer was able to attract plenty of interest from colleges across the Midwest, and even land his first scholarship offer from Valparaiso University.
With the good news for the young hoopster, however, came some the bad news—in the form of a thump, in three different places.
"In my last game (with his AAU team) I broke my nose in three spots," said Fazekas. "I'm getting surgery Friday morning (today). I think I'm going to take July off because the doctor said if it gets bumped it'll just break again. The doctor said I can still work out and everything, I just can't play."
Prior to the summer setback, Fazekas was keeping busy on the AAU circuit, having a strong spring while also setting up unofficial visits with schools in and around the state of Indiana.
"It's been going good," said Fazekas. "We're a new team so we're still getting to know everyone but we're starting to come together. And recruiting wise I've been on a couple visits already, and then in August I'm going to Illinois and Butler."
The Wolverines were among one of those visits recently, and Fazekas came away impressed with what Michigan has to offer on and off the court.
"I really liked it," said Fazekas. "It's a nice campus. I got there and met all the coaches. They showed me around the buildings and showed me the practice facilities, and then we just talked to the coaches. Then they showed me a whole tour of the campus, and we just came back and watched some film and talked about where I would fit in and what they like about me."
The Wolverines see Fazekas as more of a perimeter-oriented small forward with the size and capability to score and rebound when called upon. Even with three more years left in high school, the Michigan coaching staff let him know the vision they have for him in Ann Arbor, a vision Fazekas is quite comfortable with.
"I think I'd fit in, because I would kind of play the role of what I already do," said Fazekas. "I like how—just the style of play they have."
"I shoot the ball pretty good," said Fazekas. "I'm working on getting to the hole, working on my moves, getting faster, stronger. Dribbling is going to be a big key and I have to get better at that."
The lead Wolverine recruiter for Fazekas is Michigan assistant coach Jeff Meyer, who has already built a strong connection with the Indiana native in less than a year's time.
"Our relationship is good," said Fazekas. "He started talking to me freshman year. I went down for a football game on a recruiting trip with other kids there, and then he came to one of our open gyms. And after that open gym we've been talking more and he wanted to get me down for the visit."
Now that July is wide open for Fazekas as he recovers from nose surgery, the highly coveted forward will use his time wisely the rest of the summer, hoping to set up a few more visits and possible return trips to college campuses.
"I may return to some of them, but I'm not sure yet. I have talked to some colleges that said they want to get me back this summer but I'm not sure which ones [he'll go back to] for sure yet."
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