The phone is starting to ring for one of the top prep basketball players in the area — including some long distance, and increasingly high profile calls. Little Chute forward Turner Botz is getting attention from a number of colleges, including Green Bay and some schools from BCS conferences.
“A lot of Horizon League schools, Boston College, Missouri Valley (conference teams), a lot of mid-majors, starting to get some more high-major looks,” said Botz.
Botz said Boston College first contacted him about three weeks ago, though there has not been a scholarship offer yet.
The 6’6 forward averages nearly 21 points and over 6 rebounds per game for the undefeated Mustangs, currently top-ranked in the FOX 11 Top 11.
“When the lights are really bright and the game is really huge, that’s when he plays his best,” said Mustangs head coach Mickey Martin.
Green Bay appears to be in play for Botz as well, who said he was going to meet with coaches Monday evening after practice. There’s a possibility of a “5/4″ scholarship offer, where Botz would be asked to redshirt his freshman year, then become a scholarship player his second season at Green Bay when more scholarships open up. Scott Venci of the Green Bay Press Gazette reports Pulaski’s Cody Wichmann received a similar “5/4″ offer.
Before talking on-camera, I spoke with Botz off-camera about the current Phoenix team, whom he’s been keeping up with.
“I gotta keep my options open,” said Botz.
Good situation to have. Botz is just a junior, he can shoot, play inside, handle the ball. At 6’6, he can be a physical, down-low presence in high school play (especially Division 3), but has the handle and outside shot to translate into a collegiate small forward.
Botz isn’t the only Mustang getting collegiate attention: fellow junior Kenneth Lowe told me he’s getting some contact from smaller schools, and visited UW-Stevens Point this past weekend.