Wisconsin Badgers Basketball Recruiting: A New Official Visitor and AAU Tour Updates

Recruitment is the lifeblood of any great college track team, but keeping track of it as a fan can sometimes be difficult and can often be time consuming. We’ll try to condense all the recruiting news you can use into this bi-weekly (sometimes more) post. It will include updates on current commits, including their high school game stats, as well as player news on Badgers are still continuing. Let’s get down to business!

Badger trainers on the road

  • Last weekend, the Wisconsin Badgers coaching staff took to the road again to observe prospects for the 2023, 2024 and 2025 classes. I’m not sure who UW was at that game to scout, as the 2023 4-star forward Milan Momcilovic has not been offered by the Badgers and plans to make his college decision this week. Since they’re an in-state team, maybe UW was just watching them to try and improve relations?
  • A member of the coaching staff also checked on the 2023 signing, 3-star combo guard John Blackwell, who didn’t have a particularly good game on offense against Vegas Elite, but played well overall. this summer.

Wisconsin targets and commits to perform well

  • One of Wisconsin’s top targets in the 2024 class is huge big man JT Rock of South Dakota. While many are understandably concerned about the competition he’ll face in high school, dropping 32 points on the baseline circuit is a surefire way to get your name on the major coaching roster anywhere in the world. The Badgers offered him a return in October.
  • Gus Yalden, a 4-star big man hired in 2023, continues to have an impressive summer. There are legitimate concerns about his athletic play, but he’s steadily improved every year in high school and when he gets the ball on the block he’ll really work on defenders, at the Ethan Happ way.

  • Wisconsin has two (but it looks like they only plan to use one) scholarships available in Class 23 and their main target right now is 4-star winger Gehrig Normand from Texas. He’s already made an official visit to Madison and had nothing but great things to say about the Badgers, but it might be hard to steer him away from the Longhorns’ home state when all is said and done.
  • A new name on Wisconsin’s radar is, apparently, 2023 6-foot-10 tall man Cyril Martinov, who plays for The Lawrenceville School, a prep school in Lawrence Township, New Jersey. His Twitter bio says he’s from Ontario, Canada and plays for UPlay Canada on the EYBL Tour, so maybe fellow Canadian Jahcobi Neath can help with that recruiting if UW offers. Against Vegas Elite last weekend, Martinov scored 27 points (10 of 16 shooting) and grabbed 18 rebounds, averaging 17.2 ppg and 10.4 rpg over five games in Kansas City. We’ll keep you posted if Gard decides to pull the trigger with an offer here.

Official Tour Update

  • Over at Badger247, Evan Flood reports that 2023 3-star big man Nolan Winter (Lakeville, Minn.) plans to make an official visit to Madison starting August 3. By all accounts, the Badgers and Gophers are battling it out for the winter, with Minnesota, where his father played ball, currently having a slight lead.

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