Another day, another Minnesotan basketball prospect who commits to the Wisconsin Badgers.
One day after center Steven Crowl committed to the Badgers, Ben Carlson (Woodbury, Minn.) announced via Twitter he will join Crowl in Madison. In addition to Crowl and Carlson, the Badgers also have commitments from Lorne Bowman, Jordan Davis, Jonathan Davis and preferred walk-on Carter Gilmore.
I’m excited, honored and humbled to announce that I will be continuing my academic and basketball career at the University of Wisconsin. I want to thank everyone involved in this process, especially my family for all the support they’ve given me. #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/WEPdWxoVRy— Ben Carlson (@bencarlson23) September 18, 2019
Carlson, a six-foot-nine-inch power forward, is already a highly touted prospect. He is listed No. 88 in the ESPN 100 and No. 82 nationally by 247Sports. 247Sports also ranks Carlson the No. 15 power forward and the fourth best Minnesota prospect in his class.
He had offers from Minnesota, Iowa State, Xavier, Purdue, Stanford, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio State, Northwestern and Colorado amongst others.
Carlson is the last scholarship add for Greg Gard in the 2020 class, as the Badgers project to be full on scholarships for the 2020-2021 season.
Carlson is tall, athletic, and uses good footwork. He can score facing the basket or in the post. He has an outside shot, too. Basically, he’s a great fit for the Wisconsin offense. After he gains a little more size under UW’s nutrition program and strength and conditioning program, he will be a critical piece for the Badgers in the early portion of the coming decade.
Wisconsin was surely disappointed when it missed out on Sam Hauser and Joey Hauser last summer, but that also yielded room for players like Crowl and Carlson to join the Badgers.
This is a huge get for Gard, and it may be his most prominent. With Carlson, the 2020 recruiting class is probably Gard’s best, and Gard has some much-needed momentum built up on the recruiting front.