MADISON - Otsego (MI) senior center Seth Dugan has been pushing himself more and more to get noticed on a bigger level. The work hasn't paid off in scholarship offers yet, but it is certainly starting to move in the right direction.
One of approximately 300 campers in town for Wisconsin's individual elite camp Thursday and Friday, the trip was important to Dugan to see a program he holds in high regard.
"Definitely was a great trip," Dugan told BadgerNation. "The coaches are great. They taught me a lot, just pulled me aside and showed me stuff if they saw something I was doing. It was a great campus."
While the Badgers didn't get any of their offered scholarship targets on campus during their individual camp, Dugan is an interesting prospect with a lot of mid-major offers – from schools like La Salle, Lehigh, Oakland, Toledo and Western Michigan - and early high-major scholarship interest.
It's one of the reason Wisconsin associate head coach Greg Gard spent a lot of time between watching games Friday talking with Dugan about his game and showing him different things to improve his low post presence.
At 6-11, 230 pounds, Dugan would be an interesting candidate for one of the Badgers four remaining 2015 scholarship should UW not land Diamond Stone or Henry Ellenson, a pair of in-state five-star centers.
"He's a great guy," Dugan said of Gard. "I've learned a lot from him. We've talked a few times on the phone, and that's when I got invited to camp. Getting here, I really learned a lot and I can see he's a great mentor. I could learn a lot from him."
Although a banged up knee limited him from playing in all the games, Dugan believes his footwork, post position and emphasis on the pump fake are all things that could help him with the remainder of his June camps and into the evaluation period in July.
"Exposure is great, you can't have too much of that," said Dugan. "We've been to a few camps and we're going to keep working hard. I'm an under-the-radar guy, but I'll play the way I can play. I'm going to play my game and keep working hard."
Dugan is currently participating at Michigan State's team camp.