Tim Jarmusz Q&A

Tim Jarmusz, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard at state-champion Oshkosh (Wis.) West High School, verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin men's basketball program Friday afternoon. The senior-to-be averaged 13.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season.

Tim Jarmusz always dreamed of playing basketball at the University of Wisconsin and that wish became reality on Thursday, when the Badgers offered him a scholarship. On Friday he accepted, becoming UW's first verbal commitment for the class of 2007. (Badger program depth)

Jarmusz also had scholarship offers from Northwestern, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Green Bay and Loyola. "It can happen," Jarmusz said of his Badger offer, "but you never know, of course, until it actually happens." Jarmusz is known as a high-caliber all-around player. A three-star prospect according to Scout.com, Jarmusz is a good shooter, scorer, ball handler and defender.

Badger Nation spoke with Jarmusz briefly Saturday morning, before he left for a Fourth of July weekend vacation.

Badger Nation: Why did you choose Wisconsin?

Tim Jarmusz: "I just think ever since I was little, shooting in my driveway it has just been a dream of mine to be a Badger."

BN: How long had Wisconsin been showing you some interest?

TJ: "Well, Coach Gard (assistant coach Greg Gard) has been recruiting me for probably a little over a year, just coming down and watching me. But then Coach Ryan (head coach Bo Ryan)… he actually started watching me like over at the state tournament I think he saw me and at some camps this summer."

BN: Do you think your performance at state and obviously with your team winning state and going undefeated (26-0); do you think that run helped you raise awareness with them?

TJ: "Yes, of course. Winning state—just winning in general is a big part of what Wisconsin does. They want people that can win."

BN: What separated Wisconsin from some of the other schools that had offered you?

TJ: "Wisconsin is just—they have some of the best coaches in the nation. They win. They are in the Big Ten. Everything in general is awesome. Great school."

BN: What would you say are your strengths on the basketball court? What do you think you will bring to the college game?

TJ: "I think I'm a mismatch. I'm a taller guard. So I create some mismatches. I move well without the basketball. I'm long."

BN: What are you still trying to work on as you keep going with AAU this summer and with your senior year coming up?

TJ: "Keep getting stronger. Just trying to improve every day."

BN: What was Wisconsin's message to you when they offered you the scholarship and how did they go about giving you the scholarship offer?

TJ: "They actually told my high school coach, Coach Randall. They wanted him to give it to me because Coach Ryan and Coach Gard have a good relationship with Coach Randall. They actually told him to tell me about the scholarship." [Gard and Oshkosh West head coach Lance Randall were high-school teammates at Iowa-Grant.]

BN: What was your reaction then when Coach Randall let you know?

TJ: "I was in awe. I was in shock."

BN: Had there been any hint that this might be coming?

TJ: "Yes, there were hints, but you are never sure. And when it happens it is just like a dream come true."

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