Wisconsin is on the board in the Class of 2015, as 6-foot-3 guard Brevin Pritzl verbally committed to join Bo Ryan’s program Thursday night, as reported by multiple outlets. Pritzl, who attends De Pere High School in De Pere, Wis., also held offers from programs such as Creighton and Xavier. Pritzl made the decision to become a Badger just over a week after he was offered by the school during an unofficial visit.
As a junior Pritzl averaged 20.9 points per game, earning Wisconsin Division 1 All-State honors. He’s rated 71st in the 2015 class by 247Sports. With Wisconsin losing both Josh Gasser and Traevon Jackson at the end of the 2014-15 season, adding a guard in the 2015 recruiting class is an important development for the program.
Among the perimeter players who will have eligibility remaining in 2015 are Bronson Koenig, Zak Showalter and Riley Dearring. Both Showalter and Dearring were redshirted in 2013-14. As for where Pritzl will fit in when he arrives on campus, he said the following to Andrew Pekarek of the Green Bay Press-Gazette:
“It will become more clear to me next year what they want me to do,” said Pritzl, who received first team all-state honors in Division 1 from the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association.
“Right now talking to coach Ryan, coach (Lamont) Paris, coach Gard, they want me to play in kind of the role that Ben Brust had and (Jason) Bohannon before him. They want me to come into that scorer and shooter to stretch the floor role.”
Wisconsin will have five seniors on its 2014-15 roster: guards Gasser and Jackson, forward Duje Dukan and centers Frank Kaminsky and Evan Anderson. With that being the case, Pritzl will have some company in the program’s 2015 recruiting haul.
Wednesday’s slate of games had several wild results.
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North Carolina’s Roy Williams called fellow Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino to apologize for a fan’s behavior during Wednesday night’s game in Chapel Hill.
While leaving the floor at halftime, Pitino had to be restrained by members of the Louisville coaching staff and he and a UNC fan exchanged words as he made his way to the locker rom. There’s video of Pitino pointing and shouting at a fan, who reportedly said, “Pitino, you suck!”
“I don’t like that,” Williams said, according to the Charlotte Observer. “I mean we’re in North Carolina. We don’t have to be like everybody else. We can raise Cain. You can boo, but you don’t have to say the stuff that we as coaches have to put up with.”
“I hope that never happens at North Carolina ever again.”
No. 8 North Carolina defeated No. 7 Louisville, 74-63.
STILL TO PLAY
Georgia at Alabama (RPI: 68, KenPom: 61, next four teams), 7:00 p.m.
Nebraska at Michigan State (RPI: 43, KenPom: 55, No. 10 seed), 7:00 p.m.
Towson at UNC Wilmington (RPI: 41, KenPom: 57, No. 12 seed), 7:00 p.m.
Jim Boeheim was on the DP Show on Thursday morning, and he admitted that John Gillon’s 23-foot banked-in three at the buzzer was (shocker!) a lucky shot.
But that wasn’t the most interesting thing that he said on the show.
Patrick asked him about his future in Syracuse, and Boeheim had an interesting response.
“I don’t know what’s etched in stone these days,” Boeheim said. “I really don’t. There’s a plan in place, and we’re going to see what happens. But basically right now, I might be done this year. You just don’t know. You just have to wait until the season’s over.”
Boeheim also responded to a column written by Pete Thamel in SI that speculated on when his time in Syracuse would come to an end, saying the only accurate part of the story was that “he spelled my name right”, before adding that, like anyone else nearing the end of a career, when he has a bad day or a bad week, he thinks about calling it a career.
Creighton announced on Wednesday that injured point guard Mo Watson Jr. was suspended from the program on Feb. 13th for “alleged actions that are contrary to university policies and core values.”
The reason for that suspension, according to a report from the Omaha World-Herald, is that he is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault that happened in Omaha this month.
No charges have been filed and Watson was not arrested as of Wednesday night, according to the paper.
Watson was having an all-american season and leading the nation in assists when he tore his ACL on Jan. 16th in a win at Xavier. He underwent surgery in his hometown of Philadelphia a couple of weeks later, but he has not been a part of a Creighton team activity since his return.
Creighton is 4-5 since Watson’s injury, losing on Wednesday night at home against Providence. They’ll likely make the NCAA tournament still.
Watson is not going to participate in Senior Night festivities in Omaha next week, per the OWH.