Andrew Fitzgerald Gets Visit from Tubby Smith

Andrew Fitzgerald, a 6-foot-8 1/2, 263-pound big man from Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy, received a visit from Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith. Fitzgerald is ranked as the #14 center and a four-star recruit by GoldenSports.Net caught up with Fitzgerald Tuesday night to finds out the latest on his recruitment.

Andrew Fitzgerald transferred from Baltimore (MD) Owings Mills to Brewster Academy, which is a top academic and athletic school. Fitzgerald said that he had several reasons for the move.

"I wanted to focus more on academics. I wanted to get my body right because I had heard about their strength and conditioning coach and to play at a higher level," he said. "Not to knock down Baltimore and their high schools, because they have an intense level there, but I want to play against a high level, that way I'll be ready for the next level and that's college."

Fitzgerald has been working hard on his game since enrolling at Brewster.

"I am working on my body conditioning, my mid range game and footwork. I came in at 6-8 and 255 and now I'm 6-8 1/2 and 263. I gained some muscle mass," he said.

Fitzgerald received a visit from Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith.

"That went well. It was a cool experience," he said. "I know that the program is a historic program. Me and Tubby talked about how I am doing and things like that. They want me to come up for a visit."

Fitzgerald is thinking about visiting Minnesota this fall and has some other schools he would like to see.

"Kentucky. I want to take one to James Madison and that's it. I have a couple of more, but it is not really finalized. I'm kind of iffy about that."

Fitzgerald said that he does not have a favorite school yet.

"I'm still kind of open about my schools. I have added James Madison on to my list," he said.

Fitzgerald said that he is planning to sign in the late signing period in April.

"I'm just waiting to see what everyone else is going to do," he said.

Fitzgerald is also working hard to be be ready for college academically.

"I took the SAT this past weekend. I took the pre-SAT, but this was my first time taking it. I think that I did good on it. My GPA is a 3.0. I'd like to major in business or computer science," he said.

Fitzgerald described himself for fans who have not seen him before as a player.

"A rebounder. An on-the-block player who can face up and shoot mid-range. Hard-working, determination to win. Passion for the game. A real high IQ of situations, like knowing what shot to take and what shot not to take."

Fitzgerald said that he is also working on improving his weaknesses.

"I'm working on my conditioning and my body. I want to get stronger," he said. "It doesn't matter how much I weigh. I just want to get stronger and faster.

Fitzgerald played with the Team Melo AAU program at the Boo Williams Invitational, King James, Peach Jam, Spuer Showcase and Pittsburgh Jam Fest.

He attended the Texas A&M Elite Camp, Amare Stoudamire Skills Academy and Lebron James Skills Academy.

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