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Tim Jarmusz Q&A
Tim Jarmusz always dreamed of playing basketball at the University of Wisconsin and that wish became reality on Thursday, when the Badgers offered him a scholarship. On Friday he accepted, becoming UW's first verbal commitment for the class of 2007. (Badger program depth) Jarmusz also had scholarship offers from Northwestern, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Green Bay and Loyola. "It can happen," Jarmusz said of his Badger offer, "but you never know, of course, until it actually happens." Jarmusz is known as a high-caliber all-around player. A three-star prospect according to Scout.com, Jarmusz is a good shooter, scorer, ball handler and defender. Badger Nation spoke with Jarmusz briefly Saturday morning, before he left for a Fourth of July weekend vacation. Badger Nation: Why did you choose Wisconsin? Tim Jarmusz: "I just think ever since I was little, shooting in my driveway it has just been a dream of mine to be a Badger." BN: How long had Wisconsin been showing you some interest? TJ: "Well, Coach Gard (assistant coach Greg Gard) has been recruiting me for probably a little over a year, just coming down and watching me. But then Coach Ryan (head coach Bo Ryan)… he actually started watching me like over at the state tournament I think he saw me and at some camps this summer." BN: Do you think your performance at state and obviously with your team winning state and going undefeated (26-0); do you think that run helped you raise awareness with them? TJ: "Yes, of course. Winning state—just winning in general is a big part of what Wisconsin does. They want people that can win." BN: What separated Wisconsin from some of the other schools that had offered you? TJ: "Wisconsin is just—they have some of the best coaches in the nation. They win. They are in the Big Ten. Everything in general is awesome. Great school." BN: What would you say are your strengths on the basketball court? What do you think you will bring to the college game? TJ: "I think I'm a mismatch. I'm a taller guard. So I create some mismatches. I move well without the basketball. I'm long." BN: What are you still trying to work on as you keep going with AAU this summer and with your senior year coming up? TJ: "Keep getting stronger. Just trying to improve every day." BN: What was Wisconsin's message to you when they offered you the scholarship and how did they go about giving you the scholarship offer? TJ: "They actually told my high school coach, Coach Randall. They wanted him to give it to me because Coach Ryan and Coach Gard have a good relationship with Coach Randall. They actually told him to tell me about the scholarship." [Gard and Oshkosh West head coach Lance Randall were high-school teammates at Iowa-Grant.] BN: What was your reaction then when Coach Randall let you know? TJ: "I was in awe. I was in shock." BN: Had there been any hint that this might be coming? TJ: "Yes, there were hints, but you are never sure. And when it happens it is just like a dream come true."
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