KIMBERLY — Earlier this year Frankie Wurtz received a scholarship offer from UW-Green Bay, but it wasn’t exactly what she was looking for.
The point guard received a five-for-four offer, meaning she would attend Green Bay as a freshman but not be part of the program. Then, the next four seasons she would be on scholarship.
Not even finished with her junior season, Wurtz was going to wait it out and see what would happen.
About six months later the wait proved worth it. Sunday, Wurtz gave Green Bay a verbal commitment and it’s a full ride, meaning she will be under scholarship the second she steps on campus as a freshman.
“That’s where I always wanted to be,” Wurtz said. “When they extended it to a full offer, it just felt right.
“It’s a dream to go play Division I. I’m really excited about it.”
Wurtz (5-foot-8) becomes the third local player in the last 12 months to accept an offer from Green Bay coach Kevin Borseth, who will welcome Notre Dame’s Allie LeClaire and Oconto’s Laken James to the team this coming season.
“Growing up you watch the success, they’ve had success with such great teams,” Wurtz said. “You kind of think Green Bay is one of the best schools in the state. Growing up, that’s where I wanted to go and I’m sure that was it for Allie and Laken, too.”
Wurtz, who averaged 16.1 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game last season, is familiar with the program and coach and that was also a factor.
"I really respect Coach Borseth and the people there,” Wurtz said. “They've been recruiting me or talking to me since I was a sophomore. I formed good relationships and just felt comfortable.”
Wurtz, a second-team all-state selection last season, had other offers from Northern Illinois, Penn, Bradley, Butler, Bowling Green, Marist, South Dakota State, and Winona State (Division II). But being close to home is hard to contend with.
Being close to home will allow her family and friends to watch her college career and the Phoenix seems to always make the postseason as it has made the NCAA or WNIT tournament every year since 1998.
“They have had successful program and that definitely played into and the crowds they get; I want to play in front of people and I really want to go to the (NCAA) tournament," Wurtz said.
Before she can play for an NCAA tournament berth, Wurtz has one more season of high school basketball and she’s focused on it being her best. Last season, the Papermakers won their first 26 games only to lose in heartbreaking fashion in a state semifinal.
Said Wurtz: “We have unfinished business and it ended sucky last year, so I’m looking forward to getting back to the state tournament.”
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