Impressive Play Yields Impressive Offer

With head and assistant coaches from across the country watching his every move, 2011 center Jarrod Uthoff didn't disappoint, earning the 17U MVP award and another BCS offer.

MADISON - The Dalai Lama could have been in attendance and Jarrod Uthoff would not have a clue. Truth of the matter is that when the versatile 6-foot-9, 200-pound prospect steps over the line, the rest of the world is a blur.

With Butler Head Coach Brad Stevens, Virginia Head Coach Tony Bennett, Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan, assistant coach Gary Close and assistants from Creighton, Iowa State and Northern Iowa all watching from the bleachers, Uthoff was able to help the AAU Iowa Barnstormers to the 17U Platinum title of the NY2LA Invitational in Mequon.

"I just play," Uthoff told Badger Nation. "I just go out to box out, get offensive rebounds and get those easy putbacks."

His points and rebound production in the post gave him MVP honors for the 17U division, as well as a scholarship offer from Virginia.

"I think I need to work on my strength. That's one of the key thing I need to work on in my game. I didn't shoot very well because I was kind of tired. We had played three games (Friday), won our three games in Milwaukee, drove down to Chicago and got right out of the car and played another game. It's definitely tough."

Like any good prospect, Uthoff doesn't have to do all the heavy lifting. On his team is shooting guard Josh Oglesby, a three-star 6-foot-5 shooting guard with offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Creighton, Indiana State and Minnesota, and Seth Tuttle, a 6-foot-8 2012 center who has committed to Northern Iowa.

"I've got great players for teammates," Uthoff said. "Just knowing they are just as good as me and can do the same things makes us a good team."

With his ambitious AAU schedule, Uthoff hasn't begun to narrow his list to any further. For now, Uthoff's final six remain the same – Butler, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, and Wisconsin – and he has not narrowed it down farther than that.

"I've narrowed it down to six and it's just as hard, if not harder, narrowing it down to one or three," Uthoff said. "I am just focused on playing these games.

"All of the schools are even right now. I hope to have a decision in the next couple of weeks. It's going to be hard."

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