Getting A Campus Feel

A five-star prospect that is the top-rated shooting forward in the 2012 class, Menomonee Falls sophomore J.P. Tokoto takes an unofficial visit to Madison Saturday for Wisconsin's football game, an experience that definitely had an impact on the young phenom.

MADISON - When comparing football recruiting to basketball recruiting, it could be argued that basketball recruiting carries much more pressure. The rosters are smaller as are the recruiting classes, meaning a team is set back even farther is a recruit doesn't live up to the expectations or gets himself in trouble.

It's a fair assessment that J.P. Tokoto is going to be an immediate difference maker for the program he chooses.

The Wisconsin Badger men's basketball team welcomed Tokoto, a 2012 shooting forward from Menomonee Falls, to campus this past weekend, visiting with athletic director Barry Alvarez and take in the thrilling Wisconsin versus Fresno State football game.

Tokoto was accompanied by his father, his high school principal and his wife, AAU teammate Jamar Morris and his mom, as well as 2010 Badger commit Evan Anderson and his parents. The visit itself was orchestrated by Badger assistant coaches Greg Gard and Howard Moore with an assist from Alvarez.

Tokoto appeared impressed with the electricity in the stadium and the student's fervor for the Badgers.

"It was way more than I expected (atmosphere)," Tokoto told Badger Nation. "The student section was crazy and when I looked over during the third quarter it was packed and I couldn't see anything but red. The game was awesome, it was really loud in there and they won which made it even better."

Tokoto also came away impressed with athletic director Barry Alvarez and was able to gain a better understanding of what Wisconsin has to offer.

"Talking to Coach Alvarez and getting to meet him and see how the coaching is here, how the atmosphere is, how student life is and how the academics are was really nice," Tokoto said. "I got to know a little bit more about the campus but we are still setting up a time to take a tour."

Overall, Tokoto enjoyed his visit and was thrilled to see the Badger fans come out and support the football team.

"It was perfect, I loved it," he said. "I didn't get to tour the whole campus but when we were riding by we were able to see all of the people walking by. The whole atmosphere was nice and I loved how all the people showed up for the game to support the team."

In regards to the future, Tokoto definitely plans on coming back to campus and seeing more games throughout the year.

"I am planning on going back to more games and hanging with the staff," Tokoto said. "I talked to Coach Bo Ryan today before the fund raising event he was speaking at and he said I was welcome anytime and that they enjoyed having me around and I enjoyed being there with them a lot, too."


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