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Wisconsin basketball recruiting: 2017 G Kobe King commits to Badgers

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The top-100 player in 2017 will be a Badger, continuing a few key recruiting pipelines for Wisconsin.

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The Wisconsin Badgers received positive news on the recruiting front Wednesday, as four-star La Crosse Central (Wis.) guard Kobe King verbally committed to UW. BadgerBlitz.com's Zack Miller first reported the commitment.

King was favored heavily to join the Badgers based on the 247Sports' Crystal Ball predictions, with four of six experts picking him to join Wisconsin.

Aside from Wisconsin, King holds offers from Iowa State, IUPUI, Marquette, Northern Iowa, Portland, Valparaiso and Wisconsin-Green Bay. Keep in mind, however, that there is time left for other schools to try and poach King from Madison.

King is close with current Wisconsin point guard Bronson Koenig, another La Crosse native. He visited Madison last weekend and also earlier this month, according to multiple reports.

King also plays AAU ball for Wisconsin Playground Warriors, which has provided a noted pipeline to UW.

More good news: King seems quite committed to Wisconsin, regardless of how long Bo Ryan will be around.

Here's how King ranks according to various scouting services:

  • 247Sports Composite: Four stars, 96.01 rating, No. 78 national, No. 16 shooting guard, No. 1 Wisconsin
  • 247Sports: Four stars, 92 rating, No. 87 national, No. 17 shooting guard, No. 2 Wisconsin
  • Rivals: Three stars, No. 117 national
  • Scout: Four stars, No. 98 national, No. 22 shooting guard, No. 6 Midwest shooting guard, No. 3 Wisconsin shooting guard

Here's what we had to say about King in an article published earlier Wednesday:

Currently the apple of the Badgers' eye, Kobe King heads the 2017 prospect list for Wisconsin. King, the first and presently only player to receive an offer from Wisconsin, is a four-star shooting guard from La Crosse, Wisconsin. According to 247Sports, King ranks as the 16th best shooting guard, and the 78th best overall recruit in the 2017 class. Last season, King averaged 15.6 points per game, while earning First Team All-Conference honors.

King possesses excellent handles and a solid jumper. He can finish through contact and also converts his shots off the dribble. He also has good court awareness, especially for only being an incoming junior. As a 6'4" shooting guard with great ball handling ability, he has impressive upside, which will only continue to grow the older he gets. King would fit nicely into the Wisconsin system, thanks to his solid offensive fundamentals. He would most likely fill the two spot, but if necessary could be play the one. The Badgers would have a solid backcourt with Brevin Pritzl, and King combo. Fortunately, the 247Sports Crystal Ball already predicts King will choose the Badgers.