MADISON - Sitting down to watch Wisconsin’s basketball team practice during his official visit, De Pere shooting guard, and Badgers commit, Brevin Pritzl made sure to take accurate notes and make plenty of key observations.
His deduction? Pritzl is going to be counted on to try to make an immediate impact when he gets on to campus next summer.
“I learned a lot from watching them,” Pritzl told BadgerNation. “I like the drills that they run and seeing how I can try to fit myself in. I see how hard I have to work. It was more of a personal experience for me watching practice, taking to myself and telling myself what I have to do.
The 6-3, 185-pound Pritzl already felt he had a strong relationship with the Wisconsin coaching staff since being the first commit in the 2015 class back in May, but felt his weekend in Madison further solidified his comfort with Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and his three assistants.
“Talking with the coaches, they talked about how Ben (Brust) played, and I kind of got the vibe that is the role they want me to play,” said Pritzl.
One of the other highlights that came from his official visit was getting a chance to have dinner at the Ryan house Friday night.
“Finally getting to sit down with him at dinner was something I wanted to check off my list,” said Pritzl. “I got to hear what he thinks about me, about his life and understand where he is coming from and how he got to where he is. I feel like I developed a little bit of a bond with him from that standpoint. We can talking and I kept learning more and more about him. When you learn more about somebody, you feel closer to them. It was great.”
Pritzl – rated a four-star prospect and the No.14 shooting guard in the country by Scout.com - hung out with a trio of Wisconsin players Friday night – Sam Dekker, Aaron Moesch and Zak Showalter – and handful of out-of-state players Saturday, including Vitto Brown, Nigel Hayes and Jordan Hill. The mixture was great for Pritzl.
“I just liked hearing what they think about the whole experience and what they go through on a week-to-week basis,” said Pritzl. “I am really excited to get to do what they do.”
He also got a chance to attend Wisconsin’s home football against Illinois, an experience that never gets old for him.“I’ve been to many football games to this point but each one of them is as exciting as the last,” said Pritzl. “I love watching them play. Melvin (Gordon) is an amazing running back. Jump Around always gets me amped up. It’s just a great atmosphere to be in. Seeing all the other fans reach (to Jump Around) is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I love it.”
Pritzl has plans to attend multiple home Wisconsin basketball games this upcoming season.Brevin Pritzl at NBPA Top 100 Camp