On Thursday night, the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team has added a preferred walk-on to the 2020 class. Carter Gilmore (Hartland, Wis.) out of Arrowhead High School is a 6’7” and 200 lbs. wing that was also receiving interest from Minnesota, Marquette and Georgia Tech.
Gilmore has the potential to be an absolute steal for the Badgers. He held scholarship offers from DePaul, Milwaukee, Brown, Appalachian State, Southern Illinois and Indiana State but decided to stay in state and play for Wisconsin.
The lanky wing is not rated by either 247Sports or Rivals, but he clearly has some talent based on all of the interests listed above. You’ll see in the video below that Gilmore has the ability to post up as well as shoot from distance.
It’s a little tough to tell how solid he is down low because in this video he’s, quite simply, bigger than everyone else. But he provides a valuable skill set to the Badgers and should fit in well with an offense that values “switchability” between inside and outside.
His stats from Phenom U. (his grassroots team) aren’t anything that’ll pop off the page at you, but in 17 games he averaged 20.4 minutes per game, 6.6 points (47.4% FG, 72.7 FT%, 28% 3PT%), 5.2 boards (1.6 offensive), 1.8 assists, 1 steal, 0.4 blocks and 1.1 turnovers. According to Evan Flood, Gilmore averaged 19.9 points per game last season for Arrowhead. There is definitely room for growth, both physically and on the stat line, but there is potential here.
Gilmore joins a 2020 class that is ranked 12th on 247Sports currently and features twin brothers SF/SG Johnny Davis and Jordan Davis from La Crosse and point guard Lorne Bowman from Michigan. The Badgers still have scholarships open and could use one more forward and maybe a center to complete their class. 6’9” Steven Crowl from Saint Paul, Minn. is someone that Greg Gard has homed in on to fill the center role.