Wisconsin Basketball Recruiting

Wisconsin target PF Josh Sharma commits to Stanford

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Wisconsin was in the Josh Sharma race for a while, but Stanford has ultimately won out for the four-star Northfield, Mass., power forward. The 6'11, 215-pound Sharma named UW his favorite back in January, and the Badgers made multiple in-home visits to Northfield over the subsequent months. Stanford had offered back in August 2013, however, and two visits to Palo Alto eventually sealed the deal.

Those seeking a silver lining can say at least Wisconsin was a perceived finalist for a while. Frustrated Badgers fans will likely say this is another example of starting fast, but not finishing from a UW coaching staff. Both are accurate and show that for all the work UW programs have done in attracting increasingly impressive talent, there are always newer frontiers to be reached.

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

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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.

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Wisconsin Basketball Recruiting

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...

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...

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College Basketball

Composite recruiting rankings for 2015

ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247 have each released rankings for the class of 2015. Here's how those rankings average out for each player.

Composite recruiting rankings for 2015

ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247 have each released rankings for the class of 2015. Here's how those rankings average out for each player.

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Wisconsin Basketball Recruiting

'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.

'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.

B5Q Hoops Resources

Find the Wisconsin recruiting hot list, scholarship grid, projected depth chart, historical recruiting calendar, info on Badgers in the NBA and more!

Several top football, hoops targets plan visits

B5Q's latest recruiting notebook includes updates on Wisconsin basketball targets Alex Illikainen and Charlie Thomas, plus the latest on top Badgers football targets like Isaac James, KeShawn...

2015 PF Alex Illikainen speeding toward decision

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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.

2016 Chicago SG Skyler Nash visiting Wisconsin

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Three-star Chicago (Whitney Young) shooting guard Skyler Nash will visit Wisconsin Sept. 27. Nash has an offer from Kansas State, plus interest from DePaul, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State and Purdue. The Badgers also made the trip out to Chicago to watch Nash workout last week, along with West Virginia. Whitney Young is one of Chicago's top basketball powerhouses and produced the top incoming freshman in college basketball, Duke's Jahlil Okafor.

Cleveland PF Esa Ahmad includes Wisconsin in top 5

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Cleveland (Shaker Heights) power forward Esa Ahmad joined fellow Wisconsin basketball target Diamond Stone in naming the Badgers in his top five on Thurdsay. Ahmad is a four-star prospect who's considered the class of 2015's No. 9 power forward and No. 52 player overall, according to 247 Sports' composite rankings.

As B5Q's Phil Mitten discussed on Wednesday, Ahmad could make his way to Madison on Sept. 20, along with three-star Minneapolis point guard Jarvis Johnson. Maryland gets the first crack at Ahmad, though, on a visit to College Park this weekend. According to his family, Ahmad is still likely to visit all five of his top schools at some point.

Milwaukee C Diamond Stone includes Wisconsin in top 5

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Finally, some good basketball recruiting news for Wisconsin: five-star Milwaukee (Dominican) center Diamond Stone has included the Badgers in his top five. 247 Sports' composite rankings have Stone as the class of 2015's No. 1 center and No. 4 player overall. He's a versatile offensive player at 6'10, 246 pounds and he's also a quality rim protector -- earlier this month, he recorded a USA U-17 single-game record five blocks vs. China when the Americans won the gold medal at the FIBA U-17 World Championships in Dubai.

Badgers fans will also like to know that four-star Cleveland (Shaker Heights) power forward Esa Ahmad also included Wisconsin in his top five. B5Q's Phil Mitten had the latest on UW's pursuit of both players, among others, on Wednesday.

Hoops recruiting: Top targets set UW visits

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An explosive guard and versatile forward in the 2015 class each aim to spend Sept. 20 in Madison for the Wisconsin vs. Bowling Green game as one of their five official visits.

Sharma, Rakocevic taking visits; Stone in Dubai

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A couple of Badger hoops targets are taking unofficial college visits this week and two more are traveling to Dubai.

Hoops recruiting: UW not shying away from offers

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Even as the Wisconsin coaching staff pounds the pavement showing love to their top targets, the Badgers recently extended exciting new offers in the 2015 and 2016 classes.

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Hardwood Recruiting

Fresh off of a Final Four run, Bo Ryan and his crew are on the recruiting trail looking to spin their on-court success into success off the hardwood. They're pursing like mad men for 5-star...

New offer in Minnesota, updates on 2015-16 targets

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With a lull in the spring AAU leagues, the UW coaching staff filled the recruiting void with its annual camps, culminating in a new offer out in the 2016 class.

SG Brevin Pritzl commits to Wisconsin

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The De Pere, Wisconsin, prospect rose up the ranks quickly with some dominant postseason performances.

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