May 7, 2014

Hot Pritzl

From out of nowhere, 6-3 SG Brevin Pritzl has exploded as a college basketball recruiting target for many mid and high major programs. The De Pere, Wisconsin native has done it with big scoring totals, high shooting percentages and an intense competitive streak that has his phone simply blowing up with interested college suitors.

His AAU coach, Ritchie Davis, who has coached hundreds of division one, two and three basketball players, thinks Pritzl could be the best bucket getter he has ever had. And considering he's coached JP Tokoto, Sam Dekker and Bronson Koenig - that's some high praise.

"He's the best scoring guard that I have had in my 20 years with Playground Warriors," said Davis.

"He can score it in such a variety of ways and is pretty athletic with a great basketball IQ," he continued.

Slashing to the rim, finishing plays on the break, scoring off of curls and shaking his defender off balance to create space for a mid-range pull-up, Pritzl has shown scouts and college coaches that he has the full arsenal of scoring moves to succeed on the next level.

The athletic 2015 guard put up 37, 39 and 41 points in consecutive games recently in AAU play. And he put up 27, 31, 27 and 27 the weekend before that.

"He just scores that thing," added Davis. "He has played insanely good in front of lots of people and he has carried my team."

When asked to describe his own game, Pritzl is confident in his ability and it's easy to hear that he has an alpha-male swagger to him.

"I can shoot the piss out of the ball," he said. "That's what I am best known for. I'm a scorer that can, if needed, take it to the post and hit threes and any kind of jump shot. I will find a way to score just about any way possible -- attacking the rim, coming off screens."

Pritzl's recent scoring explosions and shooting clinics have got college programs coming out of the woodwork to recruit him. He was once thought to be a mid-major recruit with offers from Wisconsin-Green Bay, Toledo, Drake, South Dakota State, North Dakota State, Lehigh, Bucknell, Davidson and Northern Illinois. But now he's adding heavy interest and offers each day from schools like Creighton and Xavier, who have both offered as well as Texas, Michigan, Stanford, Marquette, North Carolina, Virginia, Syracuse and NC State.

CB McGrath of the UNC staff has reached out to the Pritzl camp to express interest from the ACC power in Chapel Hill.

"I grew up a North Carolina fan when I was young, and I have a UNC basketball in my room right now, so I guess you could say that hearing from the Tar Heels is a big deal," he said.

The Tar Heels are planning to watch him in the summer when they get a chance to do some more evaluations. And his coach thinks the opposition is now starting to figure out how good Pritzl is and they are designing ways to stop him.

"I'm not sure he can keep scoring at that clip as teams are all over him now," said Davis. "He has done this the old fashioned way, through hard work. Kids like Sam (Dekker), JP (Tokoto) and Bronson (Koenig) were all naturally gifted. This kid has come out of nowhere, earning everything along the way."

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