Basketball: Marquette’s Ryan Fazekas shows perimeter skills at Underclassmen Showcase
By Brian Peloza Post-Tribune correspondent July 18, 2013 10:56PM
Updated: August 20, 2013 6:49AM
INDIANAPOLIS — Marquette rising junior Ryan Fazekas is quickly making up for lost time.
A broken nose kept Fazekas from playing last AAU season during the NCAA evaluation period, likely costing him some scholarship offers.
“I think a lot of them are close to offering but they just want to see this July period because last year I broke my nose,” Fazekas said. “They’re watching to see if I get stronger, and I’m in the weight room almost every other day, so I’m getting stronger.”
The 6-foot-8 Fazekas put his perimeter skills on display during the IBCA Top-100 Underclassmen Showcase on Thursday at Ben Davis High School.
Crown Point’s Brett Barclay, Valparaiso’s Justin Osburn, LaPorte’s Gage Ott, Michigan City’s Keenan Simmons and Chesterton’s Cole Teal also participated. Lake Central’s Tyler Wideman, Munster’s Drew Hackett and LaPorte’s Josh Fleming were on rosters but did not participate.
“I wanted to show that I’m a shooter and could get to the whole if they don’t respect my shot,” Fazekas said.
He did just that, consistently hitting from the perimeter and beyond the 3-point line. It was the kind of day-long performance that could quell concerns of some scouts.
Valparaiso, UIC and Providence don’t need any convincing, as all have offered Fazekas. In August, he said he will visit Providence and Boston College, and possibly some schools on the West Coast, such as Oregon. He’ll also likely visit Michigan and Michigan State, and probably Indiana.
“I’m just taking it all in and waiting to see if more schools make offers so I can have more of a variety,” Fazekas said.
On the first day college coaches could contact recruits, Fazekas had 20 text messages just past midnight when it was allowed. All of those coaches called Fazekas, as well.
“It was pretty crazy,” Fazekas said.
Teal has visited Yale and is getting solid interest from Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois, though he’s waiting for his first offer.
“They like my shooting and they like the way I can see the floor,” Teal said. “And they like me being a good teammate and doing what it takes to help the team win.”
Simmons has received some interest from Georgia State and Montana State, along with Bethel College and Saint Leo University in Florida.
Crown Point coach Clint Swan was one of two dozen coaches who co-led teams, while also providing instruction on open court moves and ball handling.
Swan also got to coach Greensburg rising senior Bryant McIntosh, who after decommitting from Indiana State has exploded on the recruiting scene, gaining offers from numerous high-major schools, including one from Purdue when he visits in August.
Purdue’s Matt Painter, Northwestern’s Chris Collins and Iowa’s Fran McCaffery were three head coaches watching McIntosh’s games on Thursday.
“He has that ability to totally take over a game because he can shoot the basketball, he can handle it and has the ability to get other people involved,” Swan said.
“He has another gear I didn’t realize he had, which I can see why those coaches are following all of us around, it’s because of that gear. I was blown away by his commitment and his effort. He was the best player here in my mind, and he was getting everybody else involved.”