Affirming his Decision

Getting the chance to get to know his future teammates, his fellow commits and Bo Ryan's talents, Minnesota high school senior Mike Bruesewitz had a great time in Madison last weekend.

MADISON - After his official visit to Madison, Henry Sibley power forward Mike Bruesewitz could only come up with one thing he didn't like about his official trip to Madison.

"Coach Ryan tried to cook the dinner but he burned it so bad that he had to call in the caterer," Bruesewitz said with a laugh. "I am not sure that I want Coach Ryan as a cook for me."

Other than that, the weekend was nearly perfect. Arriving on Friday, Bruesewitz interacted with the coaching staff and players at Coach Ryan's house, where that fateful dinner took place.

Bruesewitz got to interact for the first time with a lot of his future teammates, including fellow 2009 recruit Diamond Taylor, as the two of them make up Wisconsin's entire 09 class.

"It was fun. It was a little disappointing that they lost, but it was still a good time hanging out with the guys," he said. "I kind of knew Jordan Taylor from my unofficial visit and Jon Leuer. I got to meet Diamond Taylor, who is the other guy in the recruiting class. He was a real cool guy. I liked him a lot and we had a lot in common. I was pretty comfortable with all the guys."

Before the football game on Saturday, Bruesewitz got the opportunity to have a good light-hearted scrimmage with the guys Saturday afternoon, testing his schools against the Badger veterans.

"It wasn't too intense but it was a lot of fun playing against those guys," Bruesewitz said. "Everyone was there except Joe Krabbenhoft. I am a little disappointed that I didn't get to play against with him. It was a pretty laid-back scrimmage but we are on ground diving for the balls and had some fun with it. It made me excited to come here and play."

Leading the Warriors to a state runner up finish in Minnesota's AAAA division, Bruesewitz averaged a double-double last season and has spent the majority of the off season trying to polish every aspect of his game.

"There are certain things that I needed to work on to become a better player and get more confidence," he said. "I have been really working my condition and trying to polish my game and get as good as possible for the next level."

For national signing day in November, Bruesewitz is going to have a small celebration at his high school with some local media and, Bruesewitz hopes, some type of cake. At 6-foot-7, Bruesewitz can play multiple positions in Bo Ryan's system and is a hard working post player that fits into the mold of player the Wisconsin coach has recruited since he's been at Madison.

All of that makes Bruesewitz excited to be apart of the Wisconsin family.

"I am real excited. I don't know if I am more excited but as soon as I got here on Friday, I felt apart of the team," he said. "This past weekend made me realize that I made the right decision and that I can't wait to get here to be apart of this team and play with these guys."


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