Phil Mitten

Managing Editor

Phil joined B5Q as its basketball editor in September 2010 after three and a half years running Hoops Marinara, a Wisconsin basketball blog. Basketball recruiting and graphic design are his specialties. Wisconsin beating Duke at the Kohl Center in 2009 is probably one of the greatest things that's ever happened to him.


5 takeaways from Wisconsin basketball media day

Five takeaways from Wisconsin basketball Media Day on Tuesday.

UPDATED: Diamond Stone will visit Wisconsin, UConn; decision date uncertain


UPDATE: ESPN's Reggie Rankin tweets that Bob Stone disputed any report citing Nov. 12 as a definite decision date for his son. At this point, nothing is set in, well, stone.

Whitefish Bay Dominican's Diamond Stone, the No. 1 center in the 2015 class, intends to make two more official visits before making his college choice, according to Mark Miller. Those visits will be to Wisconsin and UConn, perceived by some to be the front runners.

Stone will be in Madison this weekend for homecoming weekend featuring a football game vs. Maryland and Sunday's annual Red/White Scrimmage. With two weekends free before the early signing period in November, Stone has not announced dates for his UConn visit. If he does make an early decision, he may try to visit Storrs over Halloween weekend because the Huskies do not host a football game the following week.

Duke was recently cut from Stone's list of finalists, which also includes Maryland and Oklahoma State.

PF Charlie Thomas joins UW's 2015 class

Charlie Thomas becomes the second power forward in Bo Ryan's 2015 recruiting class by choosing Wisconsin over DePaul and Rutgers. Now all eyes shift to Diamond Stone ... as if they weren't there...

Wisconsin's Red/White Scrimmage set for Oct. 26

Practice begins today for a Badger team looking to return to the Final Four this season.

'15 PF Alex Illikainen commits to Wisconsin

Four-star power forward Alex Illikainen joins guard Brevin Pritzl in the 2015 class, giving the Badgers a needed jolt on the recruiting trail.

Charlie Thomas - F (2015)


Prospect Profile page for 2015 Wisconsin basketball recruiting target Charlie Thomas

Kaminsky, Hayes headline Badgers post scoring attack


Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky is the top returning post scorer in the Big Ten after scoring 1.167 points-per-possession on post-ups last season, according to UMHoops. While Kaminsky also scored 1.133 PPP on 3-pointers, he tallied the third-most post-up possessions among returnees. But maybe Big Frank should post-up even more this season. Nigel Hayes is ranked fourth by the article, probably due to his effectiveness getting to the free throw line. Even though the post is a big part of Hayes' offense already, we should see him lift his efficiency in his second campaign.

2015 PF Alex Illikainen speeding toward decision

Is there reason for renewed hope in Bo Ryan's 2015 recruiting class after all? The Badgers appear to be in the driver's seat for a nice "stretch-4" prospect.

Nick Ward - F (2016)


Prospect Profile page for 2016 Wisconsin basketball recruiting target Nick Ward

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