The state of Wisconsin has been producing some more talent recently, and one player in the 2012 class who is off to a great start is Zak Showalter. The combination guard has picked up his play as a junior and now more schools are jumping in on his recruitment.
Playing over the summer with the Wisconsin Swing, Showalter showed an ability to make shots along with a toughness that he brought to the floor. Now according to AAU Coach Justin Litscher he is adding even more to his game.
“Zak is really turning himself into a combo guard,” said Litscher. “He has always been a great passer who sees the floor, but his development has really taken off now that he is playing more one instead of just off the ball.”
So far this season Showalter is off to an excellent start averaging over 20 points per game as well as doing a good job of dishing out assists and attacking the glass. With that hot start new schools are beginning to really show more interest in him.
“North Dakota State and South Dakota State have both offered,” said Litscher. “I spoke to his dad recently and about 25 schools have expressed interest and been around for open gyms, practices, and games. Indiana State, Creighton, and Miami-Ohio have all been real interested as have Drake, Bradley, and Ivy League schools.”
He continued, “Marquette is starting to show more interest as well. He was at the Marquette and Wisconsin game when they played, so they are starting to show more interest in him.”
As a 3.8 GPA student, Showalter is no doubt focused on academics, and according to Litscher that is going to play a major role in his decision making.
“For Zak I think academics are first, and then just playing,” said Litscher. “He is open to anything right now, and he just likes to play. To him it doesn’t matter if it is close to home or far away, it just has to be the right fit.”
More than anything, Litscher just thinks that Showalter brings a toughness and ability to help his team win basketball games.
“He is one of those guys that you want on your team because he is tough, he is going to get every loose ball, and do all the little things to help you win,” said Litscher.