Ethan Wragge Attracts Offers After Orlando

Ethan Wragge, a 6-foot-6 senior forward from Eden Prairie, is one of Minnesota's top shooters. Wragge has attracted interest and scholarship offers from several mid-major programs. However, after his strong play in Orlando at the AAU nationals, several top programs have gotten involved, including Minnesota. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Wragge at the Orlando airport to learn the latest.

Ethan Wragge averaged 16.0 points per game as he helped lead the Eagles to a 19-9 record last season. He scored in double figures in 22 of 28 games and had eight games of 20 or more points, including a season-high 27 points in their season-ending loss to Bloomington Kennedy in the Section II second-round playoffs.

Wragge led his Eden Prairie team to the title of the Gopher State Prep Showcase with an overtime win over Lakeville North two weeks ago.

Wragge told GoldenSports.Net that he was hearing from Northern Iowa, Columbia, Wright State, Santa Clara, Belmont, South Dakota State, North Dakota State, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Colorado State before Orlando.

However, he has picked up high major interest after his strong play at the AAU Nationals this past week.

Wragge showed off his outside touch, finishing with 31 points, making seven three-pointers against Tim Daniels Q6 AllStars and had 26 points with six three-pointers against the Birmingham Storm.

His strong showing against the Birmingham Storm got him the attention of SEC programs like LSU and Alabama, who were watching top-ten prospect DeMarcus Cousins. The 6-foot-10 big man, who played in the Timberwolves Shootout in January, had committed to UAB, but there are rumors that he might de-commit, thus the SEC schools are keeping an eye on the Alabama standout. However, the two SEC schools quickly learned about Wragge and his outside shooting.

Wragge had told GoldenSports.Net two weeks ago about his favorite school at the time.

"I really like UNI, but they have not offered me a scholarship. They are probably my favorite right now," he said.

Northern Iowa, which has only one scholarship available, offered him a scholarship late Thursday night. The Panthers are also looking at Eric May of Dubuque, who is on the Iowa campus this weekend.

Wragge said that he is expecting several other offers after his strong showing in Orlando.

"Marquette is going to offer Sunday. Drake and Alabama are going to call Monday and they could offer," he said.

Minnesota associate head coach Ron Jirsa watched Wragge in Orlando.

"I am going to meet with Minnesota tomorrow with my varsity coach," Wragge said.

The Gophers have just two scholarships available and are in a good position with Rodney Williams of Robbinsdale Cooper and are looking at point guards and big men.

Minnesota could ask him to walk-on like current Gophers Jamal Abu-Shamala and Travis Busch. Abu-Shamala has been on a scholarship for over two years and Busch was rewarded with a scholarship last season. They could also ask Wragge to do a four-for-five deal. This means that he pays his own way and redshirts as a freshman and then could be on scholarship the next four years.

Wragge attended the Colorado State Elite and Northern Iowa camps.

Many of the area Division II schools have been looking at Wragge, hoping that the lure of playing close to home and getting immediate playing time will appeal to him. However, his strong play makes that less likely.

"I'm looking more at Division I schools, unless I fall in love with a Division II," he said.

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