Wisconsin Badgers news, 5/30: Jared Abbrederis catching on with Green Bay Packers

Mike McGinnis

Let's check in with the former Wisconsin wideout, who's embraced a natural "hometown hero" role in Green Bay. Plus, did you pick your all-time Wisconsin basketball starting five?

If you were given $15 to pick a starting five of past UW ballers, who would you choose? Phil chose his, sticking with point guard Devin Harris ($5), shooting guard Ben Brust ($1), small forward Michael Finley ($5), power forward Danny Jones ($3) and center Jared Berggren ($1).

What seems to be turning into a daily recruiting reminder, based off the aggressive approach of head coach Gary Andersen and his staff on the recruiting trail: Andrew has our latest recruiting notebook, including the prospect of running back and Florida Atlantic commit Jordan Scarlett visiting campus, plus new scholarship offers. Wisconsin also extended an offer to linebacker Anthony Mckee. The Walnut Ridge High School product currently holds offers from a whole host of programs, most notably Oklahoma, Michigan State and Tennessee.

Fox Sports Wisconsin's Jesse Temple continues his trek of breaking down the most important Badgers for the 2014-15 season, and left tackle Tyler Marz checks in at No. 17.

"If he stays healthy, he should be a dominant force on the line and be an all-conference pick. Marz's biggest task, however, may be simply taking on more of a leadership role."

Badgers in the NFL update: Prior to this year's NFL Draft, there was a long drought (since 2001) of UW products being selected by the Green Bay Packers. General manager Ted Thompson reversed course this month with the selection of wide receiver Jared Abbrederis in the fifth round, and he is quietly embracing the hometown hero mentality as his native Wautoma is essentially in Lambeau Field's backyard. It seems Packers fans are already hopping on the bandwagon of the wide receiver's play, as many erupted when he excelled on the punt return team. Montee Ball has added some solid muscle to his frame, and has grabbed the attention of offensive coordinator Adam Gase thus far in mini-camp and OTAs. Punters are generally one of the weakest players on a team filled with grown men, but don't underestimate what they can do in a fight. When I tweeted Brad Nortman about this, his response could not have been better.

Can you imagine living in Israel? OK, can you imagine playing basketball in Israel? Former UW baller Mike Bruesewitz has experienced both, and he shares stories in his newest blog post with Fox Sports Wisconsin.

There are a lot of familiar names atop the scoring leaderboard for the third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Quick Hitters

A young boy named Jaxson Hinkens, whom Scott Tolzien befriended during his time as a Wisconsin quarterback while Hinkens was diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma in 2009, has since left the hospital and returned home following a reoccurrence of the disease. We wish Jaxson and his family all the best.

BuckAround talked with Marc Morehouse of Iowa's Cedar Rapids Gazette and Brandon Cavanaugh of HuskerCorner.com. Horray for beer, er, the West Division!

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