Badger men's basketball signs three

Signing class for Bo Ryan's squad has been known for a while. But here are some official quotes from the Badger head man in regards to each player.

MADISON, Wis. - Head men's basketball coach Bo Ryan announced Wednesday that high school seniors Tim Jarmusz, Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil have signed national letters of intent to attend the University of Wisconsin and play basketball for the Badgers beginning in the fall of 2007.

Tim Jarmusz, a 6-6, 195-pound guard/forward from Oshkosh, Wis., led Oshkosh West to the 2006 Division 1 State Title. He averaged 13 points, five rebounds and three assists as a junior earning honorable mention all-state and first-team all-conference honors. As a sophomore, Jarmusz averaged 9.5 points and was named to the Fox Valley Association's All-Defensive team. Oshkosh West has a 52-2 record and has won three regional championships in Jarmusz's three seasons.

"Hungry, driven, competitive and a winner are the words that best describe Tim," Ryan said. "We are absolutely thrilled to have Tim and his family join us at Wisconsin. He has an uncanny ability to find the basket and has a toughness about him that makes him special. He has the ability to play multiple positions on the floor and is continuing to develop into a more complete player all the time. The one thing that probably jumps out the most about Tim is that the teams he has been a part of just win. He knows what it takes and how to be successful both on and off the court and makes those around him better. It has been a great pleasure to get to know the Jarmusz family over the past couple years. It is no secret why Tim is such a solid and successful individual. He intends to major in business. Wisconsin fans across the country will no doubt enjoy watching Tim throughout his career as a Badger. It is always special to coach someone who has really wanted to be a Badger for a long time. Our staff is excited to be able to have the opportunity to work with him in the future."

Jon Leuer is a 6-10, 215-pound forward from Long Lake, Minn. He averaged 18 points and eight rebounds during his junior season at Orono High School, earning honorable mention all-state and first-team all-conference honors.

"My coaching staff and I are ecstatic about having the opportunity to coach Jon," Ryan said. "He has a tremendous amount of talent with the best of his career yet to come down the road. He is only touching the tip of the iceberg in terms of the type of player he can be in the future. To be able to watch a player of Jon's size combined with his footwork, shooting ability and high basketball IQ develop over the next few years is going to be a great treat Badger fans. Jon can play several positions within our system and his role will expand as he goes through his career. He is a very unselfish individual who is continuing to strive to become a very complete player. Jon plans to major in business. He and his parents were very impressed with our School of Business and our entire university during the recruiting process. I also know that the success our players have been able to have both on and off the court was very important to Jon. We are elated to have Jon and his family joining us and are looking forward to helping him reach his fullest potential. Badger fans will really enjoy watching him wear a Badger uniform during his career at Wisconsin."

Keaton Nankivil, a 6-9, 245-pound forward from Madison, Wis., was a first-team all-state selection last year. He led Madison Memorial to a 24-2 record and a spot opposite Jarmusz's Oshkosh West team in the Division 1 state final. Nankivil averaged 16.3 points and 8.6 rebounds last year while earning Big Eight Conference, All-City and All-Area Player of the Year honors.

"Watching a young man mature and develop like Keaton has over the past few years up close is what coaching is all about," Ryan said. "We are extremely excited to have a player of Keaton's potential joining our program. He is a very focused young man who exemplifies everything we want in our student-athletes at the University of Wisconsin. Hard-working and humble, who brings a ‘lunch pail and hard hat' attitude may be the best way to sum up Keaton. He is all about substance and just getting the job done without caring who gets the credit. Keaton has played within our offensive system at Memorial and has really developed his game to be multi-faceted over the past couple years. He's also been a part of a championship program and understands what it takes to reach the top. He has the potential to be a very powerful low post player who has ever-improving perimeter scoring and passing skills. Keaton plans to major in engineering. It has been great to get to know him and his family over the last few years and I know Badger fans will really enjoy watching Keaton continue to grow and develop."

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