Schilling Gives Wisconsin High Marks

Illinois junior forward Gavin Schilling admittedly didn't know much about the University of Wisconsin before his unofficial visit last Saturday. His time spent on campus, however, gave him a new appreciation for the Badgers and the coaching staff that has started picking up their interest.

MADISON - Before heading up to Wisconsin for the Badgers Saturday afternoon match-up with No.3 Ohio State, Chicago De La Salle's Gavin Schilling knew that Wisconsin was a good Division 1 program, won a lot of games and had a good head coach.

That was about it, so imagine his enjoyment when he found out there was a lot more to the University of Wisconsin than meets the eye.

"It was my first time up there and I had a fun time meeting Coach Ryan, talking to him and just seeing the whole atmosphere," Schilling told Badger Nation. "Coach Ryan is a legend over there. The Wisconsin game was pretty cool. It was good for me, and I am definitely interested in getting to know about the school."

Wisconsin and assistant coach Lamont Paris has been in touch with the 6-9, 225-pound forward since the beginning of his junior year, impressing the staff enough to get invited on what has been UW's biggest recruiting weekend of the season.

"The fans and the atmosphere was great, the way they all wear the team colors and everything," Schilling said. "I like the way they play – combining their willingness to shoot the three and play inside, too. I really like that."

Schilling also continues to be impressed by Paris, who is on a number of top targets in the Chicago area for the 2013 and 2014 recruiting cycles.

"He's a real nice guy," Schilling said of Paris. "He's real down to earth. He knows what he's talking about and I think he would help me out in a lot of different ways. Coach Paris says that they've been keeping track of me and that they like my game. Who knows what will happen."

Schilling has offers from DePaul, Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon State, Providence and TCU, a scholarship list that could have been more impressive had he not broke his wrist over the summer – ruining his AAU season – and played basketball overseas in Germany.

Healthy and averaging roughly 16 points and 10.5 rebounds per game this season, Schilling's interest has understandably started to pick up.

"There are a lot of schools that have taken a real interest in me," Schilling said. "Recruiting is starting to get a little heavy, and that's something that I am looking forward to."

Schilling has already taken unofficial visits to Illinois and Notre Dame – giving him a view of schools around his home – and plans to showcase his talents in his first AAU season in two years in hopes of garnering more interest.

"I like to run the floor the lot and for playing a four or a five, I am a pretty fast guy," said Schilling. "Playing down low, I am pretty strong for my size, so I like to play hard down low and finish around the basket. My goal is a double-double each game.

"After the season, my goal is to work really hard in the offseason and get better. I just want to overall get stronger with my skills and my strength and my agility. Playing AAU is really something I am looking forward to in order to get ready for my senior season."

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