Wisconsin Men’s Basketball: 5 dream transfers

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The Wisconsin Basketball program has one available scholarship for its men’s team. Here are five dream targets for head coach Greg Gard.

The Wisconsin men’s basketball program has one scholarship open for 2018 thanks to the transfer of junior forward Andy Van Vliet. We don’t discuss the looming potential of another scholarship opening up if Ethan Happ stays in the draft because that’s looking more and more unlikely.

Regardless of how Happ’s decision plays out, Van Vliet announced in March he is going to transfer to another Division 1 school. The decision didn’t shock anyone in Madison, as Van Vliet was a late addition to the 2016 class after the Badgers missed out on Diamond Stone. He then strongly considered transferring after his sophomore season and finally decided to pull the trigger this year.

In two seasons at Wisconsin, Van Vliet played in 30 games, averaging 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds while connecting on 48.4 percent of his three-point shots. His most memorable game came against Northwestern on Feb. 22 where he dropped 14 points on 5-of-7 from downtown. Unfortunately, he was never able to replicate that in his other conference appearances.

So now, head coach Greg Gard is looking to replace Van Vliet and is likely looking at a big man, as Wisconsin is short on capable centers. The guys on this list are probably unlikely to transfer to Wisconsin, but they are transferring nonetheless. Let’s take a look at five transfers who would be lots of fun at Wisconsin.

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