2013 Intro: Nick Fuller

With three scholarships available to Wisconsin basketball's 2013 recruiting class, Badger Nation looks at a couple of the early targets. Already holding four early Division 1 offers, Sun Prairie forward Nick Fuller is starting to heat up on the recruiting front.

MADISON - The Wisconsin Swing isn't the most well known program in the state, especially with the amount of depth and talent that plays on the Wisconsin Playground Warriors, but Nick Fuller is a big believer that his program is one of the hardest working teams and one of the more defensive-oriented programs around.

They also have two of the rising 2013 prospects in the state, one of which is the 6-foot-6, 175-pound Nick Fuller, a player who continues to increase his size and his stock over the course of the last 12 months.

After getting push around at times during a freshman season where he averaged 11.6 points per game and weighed a meager 160 pounds, Fuller turned to the weight room to try to get his weight up and improve his presence on the court.

"I've been working on my strength a lot, trying to get stronger all the time, but working on my quickness to be able to take it to the hoop," Fuller told Badger Nation. "I just want to get better with everything, from my ball handling to working off screens and everything else."

The work has showed thus far on the AAU Circuit. Teaming up with Germantown power forward Luke Fischer, the Wisconsin Swing have one of the best one-two punches in the state, which they showed during their performance during the NY2LA AAU event in Mequon last weekend.

"It helps out a lot with our game because we can work off each other really well," Fuller said. "With him in the post, I can kick it down to him and he can take his shot. If he doesn't have anything, he can kick it back and I can make something work. We work well off each other and play well together. We like to play defense, play together and play good basketball."

Carrying a defensive mindset is nothing new for Fuller, who plays his high school ball for Sun Prairie in the Big Eight conference. One of the best conferences in the state outside suburban Milwaukee, the Big Eight conference includes Madison Memorial HS – which has made the Division 1 state final the last four seasons – and has produced such talents in recent years like Marquis Mason and Vander Blue.

It's a conference that demands each team to be on their toes for all 32 minutes, and Fuller was equal to that task his sophomore season, averaging a team-best 18.5 points per game.

"AAU plays some bigger and tougher guys, but the Big Eight has tough guys day in and day out in conference play," said Fuller, as Sun Prairie finished 19-6 last year and in third place in the conference. "It helps having gone through the Big Eight to prepare for our AAU schedule."

On the recruiting front, Fuller has already grabbed Division 1 offers from Creighton, Milwaukee, Toledo and one from Marquette three weeks ago. Fuller has also been receiving interest from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.

"It's been mainly Midwest schools," Fuller said. "I've been excited by the whole (Marquette) offer, knowing they have a lot interest in me and they have some good players. It's been gratifying that I could work hard and play at that level."

In terms of the Badgers, Fuller has made unofficial visits for UW football games and has had UW coaches watch some of his games. While he doesn't know if he is going to attend next month's elite camp, Fuller admits that there is interest from both sides.

"They've talked to my AAU coach a lot," Fuller said. "I like how Wisconsin plays the game. They limit their turnovers, work the ball to get good shots, play tough defense and have a great atmosphere."

Although his AAU team getting the month of June off before a busy month of July, coinciding with college basketball's summer recruiting period, don't expect Fuller to take any time off away from the court.

"I am going to try to add more strength and some quickness," Fuller said. "Overall, I want to make plays at the hoop and get my jump shot in rhythm. I am working on getting that overall game."

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