On Guard

A week after 2011 guard Jordan Smith stopped by Evanston, 2010 sharp shooter Josh Gasser made his way to Northwestern for a visit as well. Inside, get details on Gasser, and see who else has joined NU in offering the three-star prospect.

Three-star prospect Josh Gasser made a visit to Evanston this weekend, a source confirmed to Purple Reign on Sunday night.

Gasser, a 6-foot-4 guard from Port Washington (Wisc.), is the second guard to visit Evanston in the span of a week. Jordan Smith, a 2011 sharp-shooter from Minnesota, took a look around Northwestern last week.

A different source with knowledge of the situation told PR that Gasser is the more coveted recruit -- at least right now. Gasser, a point guard who Scout ranks as a three-star prospect, averaged 22 points and 11 boards as a junior. Yeah: 11 rebounds per game. From a point guard.

Shooting better than 31 percent from downtown and 84 percent from the free throw line, Gasser now holds offers from Wisconsin, Arizona State, Maryland, Northern Iowa, UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee. In addition, Gasser told Purple Reign in July that Virginia, Virginia Tech and Washington State are all showing interest.

Like so many players, Gasser's recruitment took off a bit following a stellar summer on the AAU circuit. Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels, who saw Gasser play at the It Takes 5ive tourney in Cincinnati, wrote that Gasser "went off in a morning session for more than 20 points, including a bunch of threes," and added that Gasser "showed off his pure stroke."

Judging by the swell of offers, there were a few coaches watching as well. Bo Ryan and the Badgers offered in late summer, although Gasser told Badger Nation that Ryan would expect him to walk on his first season because Wisconsin's scholarships are currently spoken for.

There is no such caveat attached to NU's offer, who offerend Gasser years ago.

"Northwestern's offered me, and that's good enough," said Gasser, who took an unofficial visit to Evanston last spring. "So I'm not looking to get any more offers necessarily….

"That's a good thing (Northwestern) has noticed for the past couple years and not just recently. I definitely like that a lot. Just that they've noticed me, they've stuck with me, and that they've been interested. They saw me play my sophomore year and they showed interest and they never really stopped. I know that they want me and I like that."

While Gasser -- a quarterback for his high school football team -- initially wanted to make a decision before the start of football season, he is obviously content taking a bit more time to contemplate his decision.

But to hear his high school hoops coach, John Bunyan, talk about him, Gasser is worth the wait for Northwestern.

"He's the type of kid who has a very good outside jump shot, but he doesn't rely on that," Bunyan told Purple Reign this summer. "He attacks the paint very well and gets to the rim. He doesn't shy away from anything…. He's probably not afraid of contact because, playing quarterback, I can tell you he's taken some hits."

Purple Reign will bring you more on Gasser as soon as details are available.

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