Class of 2010 Intro: Josh Gasser

Port Washington (Wis.) point guard Josh Gasser received his first scholarship offer, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, during the summer after his freshman year. The high-scoring junior now has several offers and has seen an increase in his recruiting this season.

"It's picked up a lot lately," Gasser said Sunday night. "A lot of bigger schools are interested. More Big Ten schools are interested."

A 6-foot-4, 185-pound junior point guard, Gasser has scholarship offers from a variety of schools: North Dakota State, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Saint Louis, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and others.

Gasser is currently in wait-and-see mode with his recruiting as more and more schools show interest.

He has drawn attention recently from schools like Iowa, Northwestern, Iowa State, Indiana and Illinois.

They have been checking out the Port Washington junior and Gasser has been checking them out as well. He will make an unofficial visit to Northwestern this weekend.

"I'm visiting a bunch of those schools or I have visited," he said.

But no one from that group of schools has extended a scholarship offer at this time.

"I think Northwestern and Iowa could (offer)," Gasser said. "I'm not positive yet. They seem very interested in me, but we'll see."

Gasser has plenty of time. He's off to an impressive start with his high school team and has all summer traveling with the Wisconsin Swing to try to make a favorable impression on those coaches.

The Port Washington Pirates are off to a 5-2 start going into Tuesday's game against visiting Slinger.

Gasser is averaging 27.3 points per game, has made 63 of 79 free throws (79.7 percent) and has knocked down 12 3-pointers. He opened the season with a 41-point performance, including 18 free throws, against Catholic Memorial.

Gasser averaged 10 points per game as a freshman, which ranked third on the Pirates, and a team-high 21.7 points per game as a sophomore. He made 31 3-pointers as a sophomore and made 84.5 percent of his free throw attempts (137 of 162).

The junior point guard is 82 points away from hitting 1,000 for his career, but when asked to describe his game, Gasser doesn't point to his scoring ability.

"I don't see myself as a scorer," he said. "I think the best thing about me is I pretty much can do a little bit of everything. … I think everything is just solid. It helps me out a lot."

Gasser sites his toughness and decision-making as two of his best attributes, which go well together with his good size (6-4) to play the point guard position.

But the Port Washington junior is smart enough to know he has to get better to play in college and is working on trying to improve his athleticism. He knows he'll have to defend smaller and quicker guards in college.

As Gasser works to improve his game in preparation of playing at the next level, he'll continue on with the recruiting process of having coaches watch and evaluate him and making unofficial visits to schools so he can do his homework on them.

"I'm just going to weigh my options," Gasser said. "I'd love to play in the Big Ten and stay close to home. That's a conference that fits my style. If that doesn't work out, we'll see what happens."

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