June 22, 2011

Shanks talks camps, new offer

Carson Shanks was busy this past week, attending three camps and picking up his most recent offer from North Dakota.

Things started off on Wisconsin's campus where the 7-foot, 220-pound center from Apple Valley, Minn., took part in the Badgers' elite camp.

"I thought I did pretty well at Wisconsin's camp; definitely had my ups and downs," Shanks told BadgerBlitz.com. "For me, I just wanted to get over there and play in front of the coaches. I got to do that and play against some really good competition. I had never played against guys like Luke Fischer and Toby Hegner, along with some of the (Wisconsin) Swing and (Wisconsin) Playmakers guys. They have some real talent in Wisconsin and it was a lot of fun.

"As far as the coaches, coach (Greg) Gard talked to me for about five minutes. He said that he'll see me in July and to just keep working and that I improved a lot. The same thing from coach (Bo) Ryan, and it was good to get feedback like that."

Shanks noted a few in-state players and one 2013 standout from Iowa who caught his eye in Madison.

"From what I saw, Bronson Koenig was playing real well along with Cody Wichmann," Shanks said. "Another guy that performed really well was Ted Friedman. I went to a couple of camps with him in the past and he's a real good player from Iowa. Wisconsin seems to really like him."

His next stop was Colorado Springs, where Shanks worked out for the coaches at Colorado State.

"I went straight from Madison to Colorado State's elite camp," he said. "They already offered me before I got to the camp. Coach (Tim) Miles had never seen me play and he just wanted to see me get up and down the court. The next day I got a tour of the campus and the surrounding town. It was cool and I really liked it. And then, most recently, I just got back from North Dakota and they offered me."

Prior to Wisconsin's camp, Shanks joined the Wisconsin Playground Warriors for an AAU tournament in North Carolina.

"The one thing that really stuck out was that everyone on that team was a really good player," said Shanks, who also has an offer from Northern Iowa. "Usually you have six or seven guys who are really good but Playground has 11 guys who play at a really high level. They have plenty of size and some great guards. That is by far the most complete team I've ever played on."

Shanks' focus is now on the July evaluation period.

"The goal for the next couple weeks is to just get myself prepared for July," he said. "I want to maintain my conditioning and be ready to impress the college coaches."

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