MADISON - The recruiting process ended as quickly as it hit a full sprint for De Pere junior guard Brevin Pritzl. In reality in ended a week-and-a-half ago when Wisconsin offered him a full scholarship after the 6-3 shooting guard capped off another torrid AAU tournament.
"Growing up I've always been kind of a Badgers fan," Pritzl told BadgerNation. "Living in Wisconsin, between the Badgers and Marquette, I've always been a Badger fan. Thinking about that and with what the coaches want me to come in and do when I get there, plus the academic side which I really like about Madison, ultimately I thought that this was the decision that was best to me."
Pritzl becomes the first commit of the 2015 recruiting class for the University of Wisconsin, as the three-star guard picked Wisconsin over major offers from Creighton, Marquette, Xavier and a host of mid-major offers.
"They want me to be a shooter who can space the floor out and be a scorer," said Pritzl. "Those are definitely things that I know that I can do and I am excited to be able to do them at the next level.
"If there's a shot I like (I'm taking it), but I'm going to pass it up if I know I have a teammate who has a better shot, which is definitely a good thing, I think. I know I am a good shooter and I'm going to attract attention, so I may not get too many open shots. If my teammate has something better, I'm going to pass it up."
Considering himself a mid-major prospect a couple months ago, Pritzl believes the big jumps in his game has been his confidence and his shooting, two traits that led to him scoring a combined 72 points in consecutive AAU games this spring and putting him on the map of major colleges. In the same breath, he acknowledges he will need to be better at rebounding and defense to play in UW coach Bo Ryan's system.
"As I continue to mature physically and workout more, my endurance level is going to pick up, which is going to allow me to play stronger, harder and faster," said Pritzl. "I'll have the energy to do that, which ultimately is going to help me improve every aspect of my game, whether it's defense, ball handling, screening, coming off screens or shooting."
Playing for the Wisconsin Playground Warriors AAU program, Pritzl joins the likes of Brian Butch, Sam Dekker, Bronson Koenig, Ray Nixon, Greg Stiemsma and a host of others who Wisconsin has plucked from that program.
"I think it's definitely very special to even have the opportunity to play at Wisconsin," said Pritzl. "Then following in the line of what Sam, Bronson, Evan Anderson and others have all done, I think it's special to even be in that conversation with them, come from the same program and make the same decision."