Shaw Finally Takes in Wisconsin

2011 forward Mike Shaw has a scholarship list a mile long, but the eighth-ranked power forward in the country always recognized when Wisconsin assistant coach Howard Moore is in the stands. After two years of recruiting, Shaw finally made the trip up to Madison for a Wisconsin basketball game.

MADISON - Years of tirelessly recruiting work in Minnesota and Ohio has provided plenty of dividends for Wisconsin basketball. Assistant coach Howard Moore is starting to get those similar results recruiting in his native Chicago.

Already having verbal commitments for 2011 Illinois athletes Devon Hodges and George Marshall, Moore has been spending plenty of time De LaSalle High School, watching and recruiting 6-foot-7 2011 forward Mike Shaw play Simeon.

After scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in a 64-46 victory, Moore knew that the scholarship Wisconsin offered to Shaw early in the process was just deserved.

"I think I play hard," Shaw told Badger Nation Monday. "Every time I am out there, I am going to go hard, and that's what separates myself from others. I play hard, and that helps me block shots, rebound and do the things it takes to win."

On Sunday, Shaw saw first hand the hard work it took for Wisconsin to pull out a victory over Northwestern. After being offered previously and been persuaded by the coaching staff to visit the campus for two years, Shaw came away impressed with the experience.

"I got there kind of late and I had to leave to get back home because I had school today, but that was my first time up there and I liked it a lot," Shaw said. "Wisconsin has a great facility and that's what really caught my eye. The arena is beautiful."

After the victory, Shaw was invited into the locker room, where he got to talk to some of the players and his two main recruiters.

"I talked to Coach Ryan and Coach Moore after," Shaw said. "They are both great dudes. Coach Ryan is a nice person and Coach Moore is from Chicago. We talk multiple times, and he comes to watch me play all the time."

The list of offers Shaw is pulling in makes him one of the top players in the Chicago area. Rated a four-star athlete and the eighth-best power forward in the country by Scout.com, Shaw has scholarships from Arizona, DePaul, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Louisville, Michigan State, Providence, Purdue, Texas and USC, just to name a couple.

"I've got a bunch of them," Shaw said. "It's a long list. I am just taking my time going through the process. I am not in any rush."

The goal right now for Shaw is to make a decision before his senior season.

"I'm going to do it when I get that feeling it right," Shaw said. "Right now, I am just focused on the state playoffs."


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