Ethan Wragge Talks About Recruiting News

Ethan Wragge, a 6-foot-6 senior forward from Eden Prairie, saw his stock rise after his strong showing in Orlando at the AAU nationals. Wragge, who is one of Minnesota's top shooters, has gotten interest from several teams, including Minnesota. He visited four schools unofficially recently and GoldenSports.Net caught up with Wragge to learn about his recruitment and interest from the Gophers.

Ethan Wragge took a trip to Northern Iowa, Creighton, Nebraska and Drake earlier this month.

"I liked them. It was good to see them. Creighton and Nebraska did not offer, but I got to see good things from all the schools," Wragge said.

Wragge plans to make another unofficial visit before schools start.

"I'm going to Marquette Thursday for a visit," he said.

Northern Iowa, which had offered a scholarship earlier this month, was thought to be his favorite. However, the Panthers received a verbal commitment from Brian Conway, leaving them with just one scholarship that they had planned to offer to a walk-on Monday when classes start. Wragge said that he still likes Northern Iowa, but he might be squeezed out.

"I still have a scholarship, but they want a decision," he said.

Wragge said that he has made plans for his first official visit.

"I'm going to take an official visit to Creighton the first week in September (the fifth). I may go take an official visit to Penn State, Michigan and Marquette.

Michigan is a school that recently got involved in Wragge's list of schools.

"I started hearing from Michigan right after Orlando," he said. "I talked to their coach yesterday about having someone coming to our open gym."

Sept. 10 is a big day for Wragge as several coaches plan on attending an open gym at Eden Prairie.

"Dana Altman, head coach of Creighton, Coach Smith (Minnesota) and an assistant from Michigan are planning on coming," he said.

Wragge said that he hopes to make a decision before the November signing period.

"I am going to sign in the early signing period."

Wragge said that he does not have a current favorite.

"The schools that I am taking my official visits to are my favorites."

Northern Iowa does not appear to be on that list.

"I don't think so anymore," he said. "They want a decision and I'm not really ready to make a decision."

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 has picked up high major interest after his strong play at the AAU Nationals.

Minnesota offered Wragge a four-for-five scholarship offer, meaning that he would pay his own way next year with the Gophers extending him a scholarship the next four seasons.

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