LITTLE CHUTE - As UW-Green Bay men's basketball coach Brian Wardle faces an investigation into his conduct, he is receiving support from his future recruits. Two players committed to play for Wardle and the Phoenix say the current investigation into the coach does not worry them.
"It's really only one side of the story right now," said Little Chute High School forward Turner Botz, who is signed to play for Green Bay next season. "Coach Wardle hasn't really spoken his side of the story. I'm not really one to judge right away."
Wardle is under investigation after allegations of possible verbal and emotional abuse of former Green Bay walk-on freshman center Ryan Bross. One Phoenix player, forward Brennan Cougill, spoke to FOX 11 last week and supported Bross' allegations. Two current Green Bay players, Alec Brown and Keifer Sykes, went on WNFL radio last week and voiced their support for Wardle.
Botz' high school teammate and fellow Green Bay signee, Kenneth Lowe, says he is not worried about the investigation either.
"What I try to do is stay focused, because I'm not up there yet," said Lowe, also forward. "From what I know from Brian Wardle and what I hear, is he's a great coach. When I visited on my official visit before I even signed, I just felt like he treated us like family. The vibe I got was he's a great guy. That's what I hear and that's what I see all the time."
Both Lowe and Botz say Wardle let them know about the investigation before news broke in the media. Both say they have avoided reading any articles about the situation.
"It's kind of hard to miss," said Botz. "It's all on twitter and everything like that. I just kind of want the whole story before I start reading tidbits of it."
Botz' father Dave also expressed his support for Wardle.
"Coach Wardle was a large part of why Turner selected Green Bay over several other schools," said Dave Botz in an email to FOX 11. "As Turner's parents, we look forward to watching Turner play for him."
Lowe says he expects coaches to be harder on him than he's seen in high school.
"They know what buttons to push, they're not going to do anything to hurt you," said Lowe. "They're looking for your best intrests and I know that's what coach Wardle's looking for and I trust him."
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