After a game effort to pull Stevens Point, Wis., superprospect Joey Hauser away from his brother and Marquette fell short, the interest among those watching Wisconsin Badgers basketball recruiting went to a simple question: who would be the next offer?
On Friday, the question was answered when the Badgers made an offer to Northfield, Mass. (Northfield Mount Hermon) four-star forward prospect Nate Laszewski.
Listed between 6’7 and 6’10 depending on the recruiting service you trust most, Laszewski has found himself rising to attention in recent weeks with stellar play on his NE Playaz AAU Squad, with Wisconsin joining Georgetown, Indiana, Vanderbilt, and what 247Sports considers a favorite in Notre Dame as his most recent offers.
Laszewski does have strong family ties to the Badgers, as his father was a former player and his sister currently plays on UW’s women’s team. Short story longer, there is a strong chance this race has been joined with Wisconsin’s offer.
As far as Laszewski’s game goes, there’s definitely polish on the offensive side of the ball. He’s a sharp shooter with range that extends beyond the three-point line. Add in a willingness to bang and work for put-backs down low, and you have someone who is extremely dangerous offensively. For a team that has had trouble finding that archetypal stretch-four, Laszewski has the offensive game that can help give the Badgers that extra ounce of oomph once he sees the floor.
That said, most sources have Laszewski south of 200 pounds, meaning there will likely need to be at least a year in the strength and conditioning program before you will see him brought to full bloom. ESPN does list him at 210 pounds, which would make this question of developmental nature a little bit easier to answer. Either way, Laszewski has the skillset to be more than a mere Plan B.