October 18, 2010

Uthoff impressed with scrimmage

Jarrod Uthoff, a 6-foot-8 forward and member of the 2011 verbal basketball class, rolled into Madison around noon last Friday.

After kicking it with the coaching staff at lunch, checking out the 2010 hoops team's first practice of the season and enjoying dinner at coach Bo Ryan's house, Uthoff and the rest of the guys topped off the start of their weekend with a trip to the movies.

Naturally, Jackass 3D was the easy choice.

"It's alright," Uthoff said Sunday evening. "It's a little on the gross side. Some of the stuff they do is pretty crazy."

Though Friday was a good appetizer for the weekend, Saturday was the main course.

Before checking out the football team's upset of No. 1 Ohio State later that night, Uthoff and the rest of the four commits in attendance got an opportunity to witness Fieldhouse Madness first hand.

"It's crazy how competitive they are," Uthoff said. "That's a good thing. I like how competitive they are and they're always willing to work hard. It's a physical practice. It's always physical."

With all four verbal commits in attendance for the event, Uthoff used the opportunity to build relationships with the players he'll call teammates for the next number of years.

"They're all great guys and I enjoyed spending time with them," Uthoff said. "It was fun getting to know them. This was really the first time I talked to them or met them."

Uthoff also had an opportunity to talk shop with J.P. Tokoto, Sam Dekker and Bronson Koenig.

"(We talked) a little bit but not much," Uthoff said. "We just talked about how their team is going to be and other basketball stuff."

Knowing he'll engage in physical basketball when he arrives on campus next summer, Uthoff tailored his off-season workouts towards getting ready for that Big Ten style of basketball.

"The off-season went very well," Uthoff said. "I played with the Iowa Barnstormers and we won six tournaments. We had a good run. My ball handling got a lot better and I've gotten quite a bit stronger, too."

All four UW verbal recruits are expected to make their intentions official by signing their letters of intent during November's early signing period.

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