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Possible 2009 Recruit

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By Mark Miller

Wishoops.net Editor


Scholarship offers continue to pour in for one of Wisconsin’s fastest rising members of the class of 2009.


Germantown forward Ben Averkamp received an offer from new Saint Louis University coach Rick Majerus recently, adding the Billikens’ offer to those previously received from UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee.


Other schools showing strong interest in Averkamp include Albany, Iowa State, Loyola (Chicago), Northwestern, Northern Iowa and William and Mary.


The 6-foot-7 Averkamp, currently ranked No. 4 among state prospects in the junior class, took an unofficial visit to Saint Louis last week. He previously took unofficial visits to Iowa State, UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee.


“At this point, it’s very exciting for our whole program to follow the recruiting interest in Ben,” Germantown coach Steve Showalter said. “To have college coaches sitting in our gym watching one of our players is tremendous when you think of where our program was just a few years ago.”


Germantown finished 19-4 overall and won the North Shore Conference title with a 12-2 mark last season, earning the school’s first North Shore title. Averkamp played a huge role in the Warhawks’ success, averaging 12 points and nine rebounds per game en route to second-team all-league honors.


Averkamp is a long, rangy forward with outstanding shooting, passing and ball handling skills. He has grown from 6-6 at the start of last season to 6-7 with more growth projected.


“He’s a legitimate 6-7 and I think he has a little more growth in him yet,” Showalter said. “Fundamentally, he’s so solid that the college coaches believe they can work with him.”


A 4.0 student who plans to major in pre-med in college, Averkamp is at the core of a strong returning team at Germantown. Senior guard Rick Bowers and senior forward Zack Neumann also return to the Warhawks’ starting rotation while key reserve Nick Doedens also returns for Showalter, a former standout player under Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan at UW-Platteville.


“Saint Louis has a lot to offer with the name recognition of Rick Majerus,” Showalter said. “In my opinion, I think were will be a lot more offers coming down the road a bit for Ben.”

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