Happ Picks Wisconsin

Back on the campus he received his first scholarship on, Rockridge (Ill.) forward Ethan Happ decided it was a perfect time to end his recruitment, picking Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

MADISON - Going into the summer, Rockridge (Ill.) forward Ethan Happ had an idea that his top three schools were going to be Iowa, Northwestern and Wisconsin.

Heading back to Wisconsin's campus on an unofficial visit less than two weeks after the Badgers' coaching staff gave him his first scholarship offer, Happ had the idea that his recruitment was about to come to a close. Turns out he was right.

Getting a tour of the campus and getting the right feel for the coaching staff, Happ gave Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and assistant coach Gary Close his verbal commitment Tuesday night, giving the Badgers its first verbal commitment in the Class of 2014.

"It was kind of weird to get the Wisconsin offer so early, but it just felt like the right fit," Happ told Badger Nation. "I just feel like it's a really good program year in a year out. It's a really good team."

Named to the Quad-City Times all-Western Illinois second squad and an all-state special mention as a sophomore, Happ saw firsthand how interactive the coaching staff was during one of the Badgers' advanced camps earlier this month.

"I like how the coaches develop their players once they are in their system," said Happ, who plays AAU ball with the Quad city Elite. "I like how they interact with their players. They don't fill your head up with anything. They tell you how it is."

After a tour of the campus made Happ want to commit even more, the 6-7, 200-pound forward decided to end his recruitment before it even gets started.

"Coach Ryan and coach Close stood up right away, shook my hand and said that I made their month," said Happ. "Everything is really close together, the facilities are really nice and the lakes (surrounding the campus) are really nice."

Happ says he expects to see much more of Wisconsin next month on the AAU circuit, as the July summer evaluation period will begin with Happ off the market.

"I am anxious to get back in the flow of things," Happ said. "I am anxious to get back into the competition."

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