Uthoff Reflects on Wisconsin Official

Taking an official visit to Madison with his three 2011 teammates, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Thomas Jefferson Jarrod Uthoff was certainly impressed with his weekend. You can tell by the amount of words he used to describe it.

MADISON – Whether it's by nature or by choice, Jarrod Uthoff is on the shy side when approached with certain questions. It's his style to let his actions do the talking for him.

A 6-foot-8, 200-pound big man out of Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Thomas Jefferson, Uthoff, a four-star power forward who's rated No.18 in the country at his position by Scout.com, averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds his junior season.

When he picked Wisconsin over Iowa and 11 other scholarship offers on July 19, Uthoff was very diplomatic about the process, calling the other coaches to tell them ‘thanks, but no thanks' and be excited, to a degree, for his next basketball stop in Madison.

Coming back from his official visit Sunday, the excitement could definitely be heard in his voice.

"It went really well," Uthoff told Badger Nation Sunday. "I really enjoyed it. Number one, the guys are just amazing guys. I really like them. I really enjoyed getting to know them over the weekend. I am really looking forward to playing with them."

Uthoff took his official visit with the other three members of Wisconsin's 2011 recruiting class, Westerville South (Ohio) guard Traevon Jackson, Benet Academy (Ill.) center Frank Kaminsky and Brooks College Prep (Ill) guard George Marshall.

The group was front row during the basketball team's first practice of the season, treated to dinner at coach Bo Ryan's house and made a trip to the movies. All that failed to compare to Saturday.

Uthoff and company watched the Badgers' open scrimmage at the field house and saw the UW post players go 18-for-36 (50 percent) from the floor and 44 points.

"They were very physical, work really hard," Uthoff said. "They work as a team really well and they are very competitive. I like how competitive they are and how hard they work, because it was physical, just like it always is."

As an added bonus, Uthoff and his new teammates stayed for football game and watched Wisconsin topple No.1 Ohio State.

"It was crazy," Uthoff said of the atmosphere. "The fans went nuts when we won and it was fun watching them storm the field. We rushed the field. It was pretty insane."

Seeing how physical Wisconsin play, Uthoff has spent the summer getting stronger in the weight room and working on his rebounding during the summer circuit with the AAU Iowa Barnstormers. The end goal is to be an overall better basketball player for the Badgers, but the immediate goal is to get Jefferson back to state.

"I am really excited for my senior year," Uthoff said. "I am looking forward to it. I think we're going to have a strong team. We lost some players from last year, which is going to hurt a little bit. We have seven seniors on our team and we've been playing together for years. I think that's going to help us. We made it to state for the first time in 11 years last year, so we're looking to get back and win a couple games at state, if not a state championship."


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