Thorpe Developing a Solid UW Rapport

One of four known 2013 basketball prospects with a Wisconsin offer, Pittsburgh point guard Geno Thorpe is anxious to see what Madison and the Badgers program has to offer ... if he can ever get here.

MADISON - Geno Thorpe - a 6-3 guard out of Shaler Area High School - was supposed to have already seen the Wisconsin campus. He was going to Wisconsin's Advance Camp last June but ended up not coming. He then scheduled a visit to Wisconsin on August 15 but had to cancel. He rescheduled the visit for September 1 to watch the Wisconsin football team take on UNLV in football but again, he had to cancel his visit.

"It wasn't in the financial budget so that's the reason I had to cancel my latest visit to Wisconsin," Thorpe told Badger Nation. "I still don't know when I'll get to Wisconsin but I want to see the campus. I'll see it before the end of the year."

Although Thorpe hasn't seen the Wisconsin campus yet, the relationship between him and Badgers assistant coach Lamont Paris couldn't be any better.

"Coach Lamont Paris and I have a real close relationship," said Thorpe, who holds early offers from Wisconsin, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. "We talk almost every other day. I call him and the talks are usually about when I can get to campus so I can see it and what's currently happening at Wisconsin. It's mostly about basketball things but we also will talk about what were interested in. Paris also talks to my mom all the time, as well. The two of them have a good relationship as well.

"He said it can get very cold in Wisconsin, but (Coach Paris) said that it's a basketball town, they take their basketball seriously and it's very good school academically. He said the campus is beautiful and the basketball facilities are good."

Even though Thorpe couldn't make it to Wisconsin's Advance Camp this summer to display his skills in front of the Wisconsin coaches, the coaching staff was still able to watch Thorpe play live during the July evaluation period.

"Coach Paris was at every single one of my games this past month to watch me play," Thorpe said. "Paris was usually the only one watching me play but they did send another one of their assistants to watch me play along with coach Paris."

Thorpe, like many high school athletes, knew that the July evaluation period is important to show off their skills in front of different college basketball coaches. Paris should have walked away impressed, according to Thorpe, since he thinks he played really well in front of the staff.

"I shot the ball consistently," Thorpe said. "I have been working on my shot for a while to try and make it consistent, so it's nice to see my hard work is paying off. I also was happy how I played defense during this past month. I think it was one my best summers yet of playing basketball."

Thorpe averaged 19 points and four assists a game as a sophomore for Shaler Area High School and would categorize himself as a traditional point guard.

"I have the mentality of a point guard to pass first and try and get my teammates the ball before I try and attack the basket," Thorpe said. "That's the role of a point guard to do anything to help the team win."

It's still too early for Thorpe to have a list of his favorite schools but he knows what will play in to his final decision.

"I have to have a good relationship with the entire coaching staff and I have to be comfortable on campus," Thorpe said. "My mom also has to feel comfortable with me on the campus and make sure I get a good education."

Wisconsin is expected to have three scholarships available in the 2013 class.

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