Rising Warrior

The Wisconsin Playground Warriors have plenty of talent with three of their players headed to BCS schools. Austin Mecca - a 6-foot-7 forward from Manitowoc - isn't there yet, but the junior-to-be is slowing grabbing scholarship offers.

MADISON - The Wisconsin Playground Warriors were in North Carolina over Memorial Day weekend playing in the Bob Gibbons Tournament. All though the tournament didn't go as planned for the Playground Warriors, Austin Mecca (2013) a 6-foot-7 forward from Manitowoc (Wis.) Lincoln HS was a bright spot for the team.

"Our team went 2-2, not what we wanted as a team, but it was one of my best tournaments so far," Mecca told Badger Nation. "I rebounded the ball well, had a couple of put backs, had some nice transition plays, and played good defense."

Playing on such a talented team such as the Wisconsin Playground Warriors, its hard not to pick up some new tricks from teammates to add to your basketball game.

"I've learned a lot and gotten a lot better as well learning from J.P. Tokoto, Sam Dekker, and Bronson Koenig," Mecca said. "They've taught me some individual skills and some ways to improve my fundamentals."

In addition to the three in-state players Mecca mentioned, the Playground Warriors rented Carson Shanks (2013) of Minnesota for the weekend so he could play with the team.

"Shanks he's a really good player," Mecca said. "He runs the floor well and rebounds well. He's a fun guy to play with."

Mecca currently holds two offers one from UW-Green Bay and the other from Toledo.

"I've been to a couple of UW-Green Bay games," Mecca said. "Their facilities are nice and I've been in contact with their coaches. I also have been in contact with the Toledo coaches and have seen their facilities."

Mecca has been getting a lot of attention from mid-majors but he also has been in contact with Vanderbilt.

"I've just talked to their coaches so far," Mecca said. "I haven't seen their campus yet."

Wisconsin has shown some interest in Mecca but they haven't been in contact with him lately according to Mecca. Mecca will also not be attending Wisconsin's Elite Camp next month because he will be out of town, an indication that the Badgers have decided, for now, to go in a different direction.

If Mecca plays as well as he did this past weekend in the Bob Gibbons Tournament he should start to see more offers come his way.

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