Sharma Sees Exciting Atmosphere at UW

Following Wisconsin's come-from-behind victory over No.22 Iowa, a win UW earned in part because of the play of its front court, the Badgers took steps to fortifying the program's future in the low post by offering 7-foot four-star center Josh Sharma.

Wisconsin basketball had a big visitor in town to see the Badgers overcome a deficit at halftime to Iowa and pull out a win at Iowa, improving to 15-0 on the season. Northfield (MA) junior center Josh Sharma didn't know what to expect with this being his first time in Madison, but he left very impressed … and with a scholarship offer.

"I thought the visit went great and I enjoyed everything about it," Sharma told BadgerNation. "It was a little cold, but I could get used to that. I meet with a lot of people while I was up at Wisconsin, like all the coaches, hung out with the players Saturday night, meet with an academic advisor and a person that works up in their business program. I got to see the team practice and watch the game, so it went good."

Even with the Wisconsin students on winter break and a somewhat melancholy crowd because of the results of the Green Bay Packers' wild card game, Sharma still saw a full environment with a lot of energy on his first visit to the campus, especially in the second half.

"The game was definitely very exciting," he said. "It was a little scary for Wisconsin in the first half, but they got it together and I enjoyed watching them play. The fans are really great. Even with the students gone over break and with the Packers game, the stadium was still filled up, so I thought that was cool. The visit was definitely up there. I don't a number to say 1 through 10, but at least like an 8 or higher. I just really enjoyed everything and thought it was really nice. I liked how they played and Coach Ryan."

The 7-0, 215-pound center already holds a handful of offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Davidson, Illinois, Kansas State, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oklahoma State, Providence and Vanderbilt . The four-star prospect, currently ranked the No.16 center in the 2015 class by, also says he's recently heard from Indiana, Florida and Gonzaga.

"(The Wisconsin coaches) were saying they would love to have me and they have four spots for their 2015 class and they would like it if I got one of them," Sharma said. "I probably won't decide until after this season, but it could happen before.

"I don't really have a list right now, but I think Wisconsin will definitely make the list. I haven't even thought about more visits and will probably do that after the season if I do decide to take any."

While many haven't seen the 7 footer's game, he breaks it down and what he will be working on this season.

"I am tall and athletic player," said Sharma. "Right now, I don't really have a back to the basket game, but I am more to blocking shots, can run the floor and can shot outside the arc. I will definitely be working on my back to the basket game, like down low and getting stronger. I will be in the weight room more and getting my body more ready for down low."

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