July 15, 2012

Dearring has big upside

The Wisconsin coaching staff has been well aware of Riley Dearring over the past four years.

Sunday evening, the Badgers extended a full scholarship offer to the 2013 wing from Minnesota.

"The Wisconsin staff, especially Coach Gard have known Riley for three or four years," Dearring's AAU coach with Net Gain Sports, Marquise Watts, told BadgerBlitz.com. "They've seen him play in AAU and high school. He's been playing really well since April and he's come out shooting well and doing a lot of different things. I think he's starting to get more confident and I think he's really turned it on and he's showing some flashes of his true potential.

"They watched him play five or six games at team camp and the seven games that they played this week down in Milwaukee. I know the last two or three days he was there, coach (Greg) Gard was at every game and talking to the staff and they feel that Riley is a great fit for them."

Wisconsin is the first high-major offer for Dearring, who is still waiting on his ACT score but boasts a GPA of 3.3.

"With the offer being all of an hour fresh, I just told Riley to take a deep breath," Watt said. "He had a great weekend. He's tired. It's hard because he is excited about it and it being Wisconsin and that tradition and the opportunity to be offered by a legendary coach like coach (Bo) Ryan.

"I told him to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment and not think about all that other stuff about when he's going to commit or if he's going to commit and what comes after that. He can deal with all that starting tomorrow (Monday). He has to talk to his dad and talk to his high school coach. I think everybody is just happy for him because if you get a chance to speak to him or get to know him you'll know he's one of the best kids around. I've seen a lot of great kids. Because of my relationship with the family, I'm super close to him and he's just a great kid. I'm happy for him."

The Badgers already have a commitment from point guard Bronson Koenig in the 2013 class. Dearring projects on the wing and could play shooting guard or small forward at the next level.

"I think you have to picture Riley, he's 6-foot-5 and 172 pounds, or whatever he is right now, but picture him in 18 months at 6-foot-5 and hopefully 192 pounds," Watts said. "I think they just see him as a basketball player. He shoots it, he passes it, he doesn't get rattled. He gets a shot off and he can handle it.

"With the different things they do I think that's a typical Wisconsin guy. Within that system they seem to evolve into their own special, unique player. Whether it was Mike Bruesewitz or Jordan Taylor or Alando Tucker, they just seem to get better and better. I think that's how they look at Riley. He can dribble, pass and shoot. As far as his true position I guess you would see him on the wing."

According to Watts, Dearring could see a few more offers come his way before the end of the month.

"He's hearing from Colorado, Santa Clara, Northeastern, Boston University, Drake and some schools from the Missouri Valley Conference," he said. "Some high academic schools because he's such a great student. He's leaning towards going pre-law. There were some new schools that I noticed were watching him this week that probably just haven't contacted him.

"I know Illinois called me on him and they were planning on coming to see him this upcoming week. There's a bunch and I'm sure over the next day or two there will be some more offers that will trickle in."

Net Gain is scheduled to return to Mequon this week for the UA Summer Jam.

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