Paris Working on Thorpe

Although Wisconsin basketball already grabbed a verbal commitment from 2013 point guard Bronson Koenig, assistant coach Lamont Paris is working hard on convincing Shaler (PA) Area guard Geno Thorpe that he could fit right into to the Badgers' offense.

MADISON - As he stepped out on to the court, Shaler (Pa) Area High point guard Geno Thorpe recognized that this wasn't any ordinary open gym. Baylor assistant coach Jerome Tang, Kansas State assistant Lamont Evans and Wisconsin assistant Lamont Paris along with Penn State head coach Pat Chambers attended Thorpe's open gym.

With all the eyes watching, Thorpe was pleased with how he played during his open gym.

"It went well," Thorpe told Badger Nation. "During the open gym, we worked on a lot of fundamentals ball handling, jump shots and also did a drill where you had to split defenders and pull up for a jump shot and than we scrimmaged."

This isn't the first time Wisconsin's Paris has seen Thorpe play live. Paris saw him play plenty over the summer. They also had a chance to talk after his open gym.

"He watched me play a lot over summer and he knows my strengths and weaknesses and what type of player I am," Thorpe said. "We just talked about how my body has changed since the summer and how I'm getting better and we caught up on some different things. We still talk a lot. Also my mom and coach Paris talk about every other day."

Thorpe has planned three visits to Wisconsin but has had to cancel all three visits. He has scheduled another visit to see the Wisconsin campus in November.

"The plan is to come November 5," Thorpe said. "I'm looking forward to seeing the Wisconsin campus and interacting with the people on the campus, seeing the basketball facilities and meeting the entire coaching staff and the players."

Holding offers from Baylor, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Wisconsin, Thorpe doesn't have a list of favorite schools and says each school is recruiting him as hard as the other one.

"I don't have a list of favorite schools yet," said Thorpe, who just took an unofficial visit to Penn State. "I'm slowly going along with the process taking everything in stride. All the schools that have offered me are doing well staying in touch with me. I hear from the coaches on a consistent basis."

In Thorpe's recruiting class, Wisconsin has received an oral commitment from point guard Bronson Koenig. Thorpe was aware of the commitment, as Paris has talked to Thorpe about Koenig and how they could play together. Even with the commitment of Koenig, it shouldn't affect the Badgers in Thorpe's recruiting process.

"He said he's a point guard like me," Thorpe said. "We also talked about how we bring different things to the game and if we were in the backcourt together that he thought we could play well off of each other."


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