Coming to Work

Joining the five scholarship members of the 2013 Wisconsin basketball recruiting class, Green Bay Southwest senior power forward Aaron Moesch accepted a preferred walk-on offer Wednesday.

MADISON - Through his years of playing high school and AAU basketball, Green Bay Southwest power forward Aaron Moesch never crossed paths or played against any of the five players committed to Wisconsin basketball's 2013 recruiting class. That's a good thing in his eyes.

"It's definitely good to have them on my side now," said Moesch.

Ending his recruiting process Wednesday morning, Moesch picked a preferred walk-on opportunity at Wisconsin over a scholarship offer from Eastern Illinois, a preferred walk-on offer from Green Bay and interest from Milwaukee, joining scholarship athletes Vitto Brown, Riley Dearring, Nigel Hayes Jordan Hill and Bronson Koenig.

"A kid from Wisconsin dreams of that (playing for the Badgers)," Moesch told Badger Nation. "It's cool to go and play for the Badgers. At the same time, I am not going there because I am a fan of them. I want to play. That's obviously the goal going in."

Interest between Wisconsin and the 6-8 Moesch picked up at the end of his junior year. Exchanging emails with associate head coach Greg Gard, Wisconsin offered Moesch the opportunity at the Sept. 15 football game against Utah State.

"A lot of kids have probably worked harder than me and don't get the opportunity, but it's cool to see it turn out for me," said Moesch. "I knew it was only the beginning, and that I would have to work harder than I ever have before if I want to go to division 1 school.

Moesch made a subsequent trip to Wisconsin for the Badgers football game against Michigan State, but didn't feel rushed to make a snap decision. Moesch instead wanted to focus on his senior season, which ended Monday, and finished his Spartans career with over 1,000 career points.

"I definitely wanted to play through this season and made sure I kept my focus on the goal of winning state," said Moesch, who averaged 18 points per game his senior season. "We obviously didn't reach that goal, but we set a good example for the younger teams in the program to follow. I just wanted to keep the focus on the team."

Playing AAU basketball mostly with the Green Bay Gunners, Moesch feels he is bringing a lot of intangibles to Wisconsin next season, but is coming in with the simple goal of competing on a daily basis.

"I just hope to work hard," said Moesch. "I am going to do whatever the coaches tell me to do. That's the way I have been raised. I will do whatever needs to be done, even if that includes being on the scout team and running other team's offenses."

With the situation he's walking into at Wisconsin, Moesch couldn't be happier just to be a part of it.

"To be able to sit back, dissect and watch the way they play, it's going to make me a smarter player," said Moesch. "I couldn't be more excited."

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