Schlundt Excited to Join Wisconsin

Although he could have followed in his father's footsteps and played at Marquette, St. John's Northwestern Military Academy guard T.J. Schlundt chose Monday to walk-on at Wisconsin.

MADISON - T.J. Schlundt picked up offers from Drake, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Northern Kentucky, St. Joes and Wofford during his recruiting process, but none of those offers really spoke to him.

He could have reclassified to the 2015 class, but he was told by new Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski that he was ready to make that jump and play college basketball.

He also could have followed in his father's footsteps and accepted a preferred walk-on offer from the Golden Eagles, as his father played at Marquette from 1979 to 1983.

But the opportunity to play for a school that could compete for a national championship next season and play for a championship-caliber coach was just too much to pass up.

"I am really looking forward to it," Schlundt told BadgerNation. "It's going to be fun. I can't wait to be a part of it, get down there, start doing workouts and getting ready. I'm really excited."

The 6-5, 185 pound combo guard joins Appleton Xavier's Matt Farris as walk-ons for the 2014 class. UW's only scholarship recruit in the class is Ethan Happ, a 6-8 forward from Illinois.

Schlundt said his offers started to dry up as he took his time weighing the pros and cons. When he committed to Wisconsin, he believed he only had a valid offer from Milwaukee, not that it really mattered.

He called it a "very hard decision," especially for his dad, who might have been silently hoping his son would follow in his path.

"It was kind of hard for my dad," said Schlundt. "I kind of wanted to create my own path, my own legacy. I have no doubts I would have excelled at Marquette, but it was time I took a jump and create my own path now."

Schlundt said Wisconsin entered the picture a couple months ago when his head coach started talking to Wisconsin associate head coach Greg Gard about an opportunity to walk-on with the Badgers. Schlundt averaged 16.1 points per game at Oconomowoc High School as a junior but transferred to St. John's Northwestern Military Academy last season.

"I definitely feel my strengths are shooting the basketball, which is a part of Wisconsin's game they excel at," said Schlundt. "Down the road, if I can work on my weaknesses, which is defense and creating my own shot, I can definitely, in my opinion, help them down the road."

But the first order of business for Schlundt is to find some Wisconsin clothes for his dad.

"I think it will be hard for him (to cheer for Wisconsin) but I know he is proud of me no matter where I play)," said Schlundt. "He's always proud of me, so that gives me some ease at heart."

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