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Wisconsin Badgers commit Ethan Happ is the state's most under appreciated senior. The small forward broke out during the live period in front of college coaches at a Chicagohoops tournament in the spring after his sophomore season while playing for Quad City Elite. A couple of months later he was committed to Wisconsin.
The Rockridge High School forward is a big wing that can also play on the interior. He is a plus shooter from mid-range and three. Happ is an underrated athlete that glides to the hoop and finishes around the basket with ease. The senior also does a nice job rebounding and has a great feel for passing.
We caught up with Happ to see how his senior season is going.
"Our team is really meshing together well this season. We have a number of guys that are stepping up and scoring when we need them too. It is a great group of guys to be around. I put in a great deal of work in the off season and I believe it has shown. I don't have any individual goals. Just want a championship for our team."
Happ talked about one of their biggest wins of the season.
"For our team winning the holiday tourney against a great Metamora team. That was our best win coming from behind against a bigger school."
Where has he seen the most growth in his game as a senior?
"My defense has improved along with my post game."
Happ is averaging 28 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 assists, and 3 steals per game while shooting 67% from the field. His high school coach at Rockridge Toby Whiteman discussed how his star has played.
"Ethan has been playing great this year. He is the leader of our team and coach on the floor. His mental understanding of the game and the way he plays has allowed us to be a very good team this year and not just a team with a very good player."
Happ has been a top 10 prospect in 2014 in Illinois since the first time he shined at Merrillville two years ago. He is a great fit for Wisconsin and a player that will make a consistent impact throughout his career in Madison.