Gasser Makes the Easy Choice

When the Badgers offered him a four-for-five scholarship deal, Port Washington guard Josh Gasser was excited, but still skeptical. When the Badgers offered him a full scholarship offer weeks later, Gasser knew that the Badgers were his college choice, which he told Badger Nation.

MADISON - It's funny how quickly word spreads with student-athletes using social-networking devices like Facebook and Twitter to keep in touch with each other. In the case of Port Washington guard Josh Gasser, it has proven to be a solid recruiting tool.

After Gasser received a four-for-five scholarship deal to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin, 2010 football scholarship player and basketball walk-on Marquis Mason was in his ear, telling him to come play ball at Madison.

After Diamond Taylor withdrew from school after his arrest for a campus burglary earlier this month, opening up a full scholarship for Gasser, redshirt defensive end Shelby Harris messaged Gasser about how cool to campus and the atmosphere is.

"I've been good friends with them throughout the high school seasons and they have been good friends to me," Gasser said. "They told me why this is a good place and how much they like it. That was the icing on the cake for me to be able to hear that from friends of mine."

The recruiting worked, as Gasser verbally committed to Wisconsin Thursday, picking the Badgers over Northwestern and Northern Iowa, his other two favorites.

Gasser, a 6-foot-3 combo guard that is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com, joins Eau Claire Memorial center Evan Anderson in the class of 2010.

"I called Bo first and then I called Gard, and they were very excited from what they sounded like," Gasser told Badger Nation in his first post-commitment interview. "They were excited to have something finally go good for them in recruiting (after Blue de-committed and Taylor and walk-on Jeremy Glover were dismissed). It's been awhile for that. Coach Ryan was going to tell his players after their workout. It's an exciting time for all of us."

Averaging 22 points per game and 12 rebounds per game playing the point guard position, Gasser, a honorable mention Associated Press all-state player as a junior, picked up scholarship offers from Arizona State, Creighton and Maryland to name a few, but it was his play on the AAU circuit that grabbed the attention of associate head coach Greg Gard and head coach Bo Ryan.

"I can do everything well," said Gasser, who shot better than 31 percent from three-point range and 84 percent from the free throw line. "I am not real flashy, but I get the job done. I am confident in my size to give coaches what they like. I think I fit the Wisconsin style and the Big Ten style real well."

Having made multiple unofficial visits to the Wisconsin campus, Gasser saw what he wanted from a basketball program – a tough, hard-nosed coach that demands blue-collared players to make his offense tick.

Not to mention, he gets to play two hours from home at a school he grew up watching.

"The big thing for me was being able to play in front of my friends and family," Gasser said. "It's what I wanted to do and be part of a program that wins games in the Big Ten. That's was the best fit for me."

With senior Trevon Hughes graduating at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season, Gasser would join Jordan Taylor as the two true scholarship point guards on UW's roster.


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