Wisconsin Rapids freshman and Marquette basketball commit Philip Flory and Stevens Point Area Senior High sophomore Trevor Anderson will attend the “Marquette Madness” season tip-off event tonight in Milwaukee, their high school coaches said Thursday.
Also invited to the event was SPASH sophomore Sam Hauser, who will not attend because he plays on the SPASH football team, which plays tonight against Marshfield.
Schools commonly invite recruited players to the tip-off event as a way to get them on campus for a visit. Coaches are permitted to talk with recruited athletes during on-campus visits.
SPASH coach Scott Anderson said Marquette assistant coach Brad Autry called him to invite the players. The NCAA does not allow basketball coaches to contact recruits by phone until after their sophomore seasons.
“It should be a fun night,” said SPASH coach Scott Anderson, Trevor’s father. “To have a great basketball program with great tradition interested in you is pretty cool.”
Marquette is among a handful of schools to show interest in the SPASH duo, Anderson said. Autry and coaches from Marquette and other schools, including Creighton, Northern Iowa and Drake, have visited SPASH to watch the players during open gym periods.
Raiders coach Dan Witter confirmed Flory would be in attendance at Marquette Madness. Flory, how has yet to play a high school game, committed to the school during a visit Aug. 31.
Flory, whose father Mike played for Marquette, and Anderson will be joined by their families, along with a number of Marquette’s top recruiting targets from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes.
Trevor Anderson, a 6-foot-1 point guard, is still in search of his first Division I scholarship offer after opening eyes with the Wisconsin Blizzard on the AAU basketball circuit over the summer.
Hauser, a 6-5 forward, currently holds Division I offers from Toledo, Northern Iowa and UW-Green Bay.
He will visit Northern Iowa on Saturday and attend the Panthers’ football homecoming game against Southern Illinois.
Wisconsin Blizzard coach Dave Hauser heard from Autry earlier this week.
“I think it shows if you work hard toward a goal and someone else recognizes that in them, it shows that you can get rewarded for that hard work,” said Dave Hauser, who also is Sam’s father. “There is a long ways to go yet.
“They’re bringing in a lot of recruits and are trying to build relationships,” Dave Hauser added. “They want to get them down there and show them the environment and have them spend some time around the guys (players). You want them to be around good people.”