It took De Pere guard Brevin Pritzl a couple seconds to find the words to describe what the last few weeks have been like for his basketball development. It's about the only thing during that time frame that Pritzl has stumbled on.
"It's kind of surreal because thinking of what I was pictured as, kind of a mid-major guy, my recruitment has gone up like a rocket ship," Pritzl told BadgerNation. "It has taken off."
The 6-3 Pritzl was quick to say he's enjoyed every minute of the suddenly ramped-up process, which has included four new scholarship offers – from Creighton, Marquette, Wisconsin and Xavier – and interest from several other schools, including Michigan.
Always having the dream of playing college basketball, Pritzl's athleticism, perimeter shooting, court vision and versatility were on display at the Spiece Run ‘N Slam event in Ft. Wayne, Ind., two weekends ago. In consecutive days, Pritzl scored 37 and 41 points, which are the moments he says elevated his recruitment.
"That's really what shot me up into the driver's seat, if that's what you want to call it," he said. "Creighton and Xavier called me the next two days and offered me. It caught me off guard for sure."
It was also a performance that caught the eye of the Badgers. Wisconsin and associate head coach Greg Gard had been monitoring Pritzl for over a year and the two sides had shared some contact over that time frame. Following his combined 78 points, Pritzl was invited down for an unofficial visit Tuesday.
"We sat down with Coach Close, Coach Gard, Coach Paris and Coach Ryan and we talked about different stories, things that happened throughout the year and then Coach Ryan told me what he liked about my game," said Pritzl. "He told me what he perceived me as doing (if I committed) and then he said he had an offer for you.
"I never am expecting an offer. It's always a surprise to me and shows me that good things come to those that work hard."
Pritzl also met with an academic advisor about the assistance they give the players, met strength and conditioning coach Erik Helland, took a campus tour and got a personalized tour of the Kohl Center, a building he has taken an unofficial visit to each of the last two years when the Badgers play Ohio State.
"It's loud, crazy and one hell of a crowd," said Pritzl of Wisconsin's atmosphere. "It's unbelievable there. The fans do a great job of staying involved in the game."
Much like his Wisconsin visit, Pritzl left his Thursday visit from Marquette with an offer from the Golden Eagles and first year head coach Steve Wojciechowski, whose lengthy conversation with him brought up a reference to former Duke guard J.J. Redick.
"They showed me a video of what they pictured me as doing for them," said Pritzl. "They kind of modeled me after J.J. Redick, moving around off screens to get open. That's all the stuff I like to do in the first place."
The campus and facilities tour were also important to Pritzl, but the key part of the trip was getting to know Wojciechowski and his assistants, Chris Carrawell and Brett Nelson, both of whom had started recruiting him upon their arrival to Milwaukee.
"I never talked to them face to face before," said Pritzl, "so that was important for me."
In addition to the four offers he has received this month, Pritzl claims offers from Bucknell, Davidson, Drake, Green Bay, Lehigh, Milwaukee, Northern Illinois, North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Toledo. His goal is to decide by this summer so he can regain focus on improving his game and his senior season, but could end his decision earlier.
"If I feel I have an offer I really can't skip, I'm going to probably pounce on it," said Pritzl. "I'm not quite sure if I have that offer (now). I need to do a little bit more evaluating with my family."