Lucky Bystander

Bryan Alberts (BTI)

Pasadena (CA) Jordan Hill's hard work ethic caught the eye of Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan at a Chicago AAU Tournament. Thanks to Hill grabbing Ryan's attention, Village Christian Schools (CA) junior guard Bryan Alberts was able to impress the Wisconsin staff to earn his own offer.

MADISON - A lot of times in the game of recruiting, one major piece of recruiting news will send a domino effect rippling throughout the waters. Wisconsin has the chance to create one after securing a commitment from 2013 guard Jordan Hill.

One of Hill's AAU teammates from California is interested and has become more intrigued with the Badgers now with Hill on board. That recruit happens to be 6-5, 205-pound junior shooting guard Bryan Alberts.

"My friend Jordan just visited and committed to Wisconsin, so I can't wait to get his info," Alberts told Badger Nation. "I would love to play for a big program like Wisconsin, and would love to visit and learn more about the school. Jordan's commitment can definitely help Wisconsin have a positive influence on me."

Much like Hill, Alberts was the benefactor of the UW coach Bo Ryan making a visit down to Chicago for an AAU tournament. After seeing Hill workout prior to a game, Ryan rearranged his schedule to watch Hill compete. That turned out to be a benefit to Alberts, who eventually received an offer from the Badgers.

"I felt my summer has gone very well regarding my basketball," said Alberts, who attends Village Christian Schools. "We had a great BTI team with great chemistry. We won all our games in Chicago, and were just two points away from going to the final four in Vegas. Personally I feel fortunate to have received interest from several schools, and also some offers."

While Hill was an under-the-radar recruit for Wisconsin, Alberts has already drawn plenty of attention with offers from Boston College, Colorado, Northwestern, Oklahoma and Oregon State, not to mention interest from Stanford and Virginia.

"He's really, really skilled and he's a terrific scorer," said Brian Icart, Albert's AAU coach. "He reminds me a lot of Brandon Roy. He's a big guard that can handle the ball. He's a combo guy who can score in a lot of ways. He has a very good pull-up jumper and a mid-range game. He can drive to the basket.

"Brian is a kid that you would offer no matter where you're at because of his skill set and the way he plays on the court. He's very smooth and very composed."

As for how things shake out for his leader board and where everybody sits, it's no surprise that Alberts is wide open this early in the process. Alberts did grow up fond of one ACC powerhouse, but that won't be something that will let him shut down his recruitment.

"I'm still browsing and learning about new schools," Alberts said. "My favorite school growing was North Carolina. I have always been a big fan. (UNC offering) most likely would speed up my recruitment, but I would still be open to other options."

Alberts describes his strength as being able to control the game and make the game easier for others. However, that doesn't stop him from working on those parts as well.

"I like to think that I stay calm under pressure, can set up teammates and when needed, I usually am able to create my own shot off the bounce," Alberts said. "Of course these are all areas that I can still improve on, and that I work on daily. Other things I need to improve on is being more aggressive, get to the line more regularly, and be more of a verbal leader on and off the court."

With his upcoming season just a few months away, Alberts' goals are short and simple with what he will be trying to achieve.

"This upcoming season, my high school season goals are repeating in the state championships and receiving more interest."

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