Lost in the hubbub of Wisconsin's surge to the Big Ten finish line and Ryan Evans' sprained knee was a commitment the Badgers received from Green Bay Southwest's Aaron Moesch this week.
Moesch is a 6-foot-8 forward whom UW has been recruiting as a preferred walk-on. After his high school career concluded with a loss to De Pere last Saturday, Moesch was ready to commit to Wisconsin on Thursday. Notably, he chose the Badgers over a scholarship offer from Eastern Illinois and a similar walk-on offer from UW-Green Bay. Moesch will be a part of the incoming 2013 class.
Thank you everyone for the support! #OnWisconsin 👐— Aaron Moesch (@moeschpotato23) March 1, 2013
A second team All-Fox River Classic Conference selection after scoring 12.5 points per game a year ago, Moesch averaged 18 ppg as a senior to rank second in the conference. As you can see in the highlight reel below, Moesch resembles Zach Bohannon a bit, though he might be a better ball handler than Z-Bo.
As a preferred walk-on, Moesch has no guarantee of a future scholarship -- it simply means he has a roster spot reserved without needing to try out for the team.
In January, another walk-on, guard Aaron Irving, joined the team to provide an additional practice body in Josh Gasser's absence. With Gasser and Duje Dukan returning next fall along with five new freshmen, Irving is likely just a one-semester addition. Wisconsin's roster is limited to 17 players.