Schwartz on Wisconsin's Radar

Slowing seeing his stock increase during a productive summer, West De Pere junior forward Cody Schwartz is starting to attract some high-level BCS schools, including Wisconsin.

MEQUON, Wis. – Growing up in the state of Wisconsin, it was only natural for Cody Schwartz to be a Badgers fan. Now, he's a Badgers recruit.

This past week—playing with the Wisconsin Blizzard program at the NY2LA Summer Jam event—Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan was seated courtside for each of Schwartz's games. He couldn't help but to notice.

"It's a great feeling," Schwartz told Badger Nation. "[Ryan] hasn't been to many of my games, but to see that he has been at every one this tournament, it's a good feeling. It shows they have interest."

It's a reflection of Schwartz's recruiting rise. The junior forward is becoming a commodity. He only has one high-major offer, Creighton, but is likely to add more after a strong July showing. Coaches from the Big Ten have been watching closely each time he takes the court.

"It's a good feeling when coaches from the Big Ten conference, or any big conference, watch your games," Schwartz said. "It shows I've been playing well and the hard work is working for me."

Schwartz, a 6-foot-9 forward, holds offers from Creighton, Northern Iowa, Toledo and others. In addition, he has picked up interest from Iowa, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin and many more.

The Badgers are one of the most recent schools to show interest in the versatile forward. Schwartz feels as if he would be an excellent fit with Wisconsin as a stretch-four forward. However, the Badgers aren't alone in watching the in-state standout. Much of the Big Ten has taken notice.

"Any Big Ten school is definitely of interest to me," Schwartz said.

While Schwartz's primary goal this summer is to win games, he's aiming to improve his game and become a more versatile player.

"Hopefully I can get bigger and play the four position," Schwartz said. "But the three position — if I work on my ball-handling — I can see myself playing that, too."

Schwartz could see himself playing at Wisconsin, too, and that's becoming a stronger possibility.

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