Wisconsin Basketball Recruiting: A Look at Offers & Commitments

The Wisconsin Basketball program has made a few offers over the last few days. Here is a look at how their next few recruiting classes are shaping up.

About halfway through the 2019-2020 season, the Wisconsin Basketball program had lost one of their leading scorers, and most of us weren’t even sure if they were going to make the NCAA’s March Madness Tournament.

But oh how quickly things can change.

Wisconsin would win their final eight games of the regular season and clinch a share of the Big Ten title. They were about to enter the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament as one of the hottest teams in the country prior to college season being canceled.

Now as we look ahead to the upcoming year, there is plenty to be excited about. D-Mitrik Trice, Brad Davison, Nate Reuvers, Micah Potter, and Aleem Ford will all be back for their senior seasons. In fact, the only player who saw significant playing time that won’t be returning is Brevin Pritzl.

There’s no question that the 2020-2021 season could be a special one for Wisconsin Basketball. However, while most of the focus is on what’s taking place on the court, off of it is the recruiting aspect, which, of course, is what keeps college programs competitive.

Led by 4-star power forward, Ben Carlson, the Wisconsin Badgers’ incoming 2020 class is quite stout. According to 247Sports, they rank 29th nationally and fourth in the Big Ten. Joining Carlson are 3-star recruits Johnny and Jordan Davis, Lorne Bowman, and Steven Crowl.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s current 2021 class ranks seventh in the country at the moment. As of now, they have hard commitments from 3-star recruits PF Matthew Mors, PG Chucky Hepburn, and PF Chris Hodges. In addition to those three, they have offered 5-star SF Patrick Baldwin Jr., 3-star SF James Graham, 3-star PF Markus Ilver, and 5-star combo-guard Hunter Sallis, who all still remain uncommitted.

Then in the 2022 class, Greg Gard and Company have made offers to 3-star PG Tre Holloman, 4-star PF Camden Heide, along with C Joe Hurlburt. And just recently, they made their first offer to a member of the 2023 class, PF Gus Yalden.

Since Bo Ryan took over the Wisconsin Basketball program back in 2001, the Badgers have been one of the most consistent teams in the country, and Gard is carrying on that tradition. But once again, it all starts with recruiting.

With five seniors set to leave the program at the end of the 2020-2021 season, Wisconsin is going to need several young players from these incoming recruiting classes to step up if they are going to continue on with their winning ways.