More to Think About

Excelling in both football and basketball for Port Washington High School, combo guard Josh Gasser knows that basketball is his calling. After a visit to Wisconsin and a sit down meeting with Coach Ryan, Gasser has more decisions to consider, as the talented prospect now has a scholarship offer to play for the Badgers, albeit with a twist.

MADISON - When it comes to small-town high schools, talented athletes are commonly scene excelling at numerous sports within the school's athletic program. Port Washington senior Josh Gasser is no different.

Excelling on the football field as the school's starting quarterback and leading the offense on the high school's basketball team, Gasser has gotten his share of interest from Division I and Division II schools in both sports. For him, however, the decision of what sport he wants to play in college is a simple one.

"I guess I am pretty good at quarterback, a lot of people think I am," Gasser told Badger Nation Tuesday. "Basketball means more to me, though. I've gotten letters from colleges about football, but I have never been interested at playing football at the next level."

Averaging 22 points per game and 12 rebounds per game playing the point guard position, Gasser, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, has picked up scholarship offers from Arizona State, Creighton, Maryland, Northwestern, Northern Iowa, UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee.

"I play point guard, so those numbers show that I can rebound, score and play defense," said Gasser, as most schools are looking at him at point guard to create a tougher matchup. "A lot of schools watched me during the AAU season (with the Wisconsin Swing-Selk) and saw that I was more a pure point guard. They didn't know about my scoring, but they know I can score against any level."

He can now add a scholarship offer from Wisconsin to his list, as well.

Before heading to a week-long football camp, Gasser and his parents traveled to meet with Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan. The result of the meeting was a huge positive for Gasser, who walked away from the meeting with a scholarship offer. The only catch was that Gasser would have to walk-on his freshman season, only to be given a scholarship the next four years (typically called a four-for-five deal).

"The visit was a lot better than I was expecting," Gasser said. "Talking with Coach Ryan before, I wasn't expecting an offer. Wisconsin is obviously been my hometown school. It would be awesome going there and everything, but the four-for-five thing, they explained to me that they didn't have any scholarships left. They want me to walk-on the first year, and then I would get a scholarship for the rest of my time there, depending if I redshirt or not."

With two scholarships available for the class, one has gone to Eau Clare North center Evan Anderson, who is rated 10th in the country by Scout.com and committed in May 2008. The other scholarship Gasser was referring to has been offered to Madison Memorial guard Vander Blue, who verbally committed to Wisconsin in April 2008, but re-opened his recruiting last spring and is now considering other schools.

"I am assuming they are waiting to see what happens with Blue," Gasser said. "If he goes elsewhere, then maybe they'll offer to me, which would be a positive. Still, Vander is there first guy, so we'll see where that goes."

With all his full scholarship offers on the table, it's a tough decision for Gasser to make. Does he choose a school that has been recruiting him since his sophomore season or does he chose to stay close to home and play close to home? It's a decision that Gasser has already started to wrestle with.

"It is a tough deal," Gasser said. "All those schools that have offered are good schools, just like Wisconsin is. For some schools, I have been there number one guy for two years and they have been recruiting me hard during that time. It's a little bit of a different situation than I am use to, but something I am very excited about."

Originally wanting to make his basketball commitment known before the start of the football season, Gasser is now hoping to make his decision final before the start of his basketball season. While admitting to still making his decision on his own terms, Gasser admitted he'll be keeping a close watch on what happens to Wisconsin's second scholarship, a decision that could play a role in his decision.

"I am not going to change my whole time table (for Blue), but it makes me want to be a little more patient with it to see what happens," Gasser said. "I don't want to wait too long. It makes me change my mind a little bit, but I want to get this done definitely before basketball season."


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