Recruiting is the lifeblood of any major college athletics team, but following it closely as a fan can sometimes be difficult and can often be time consuming. We’ll try and condense all the recruiting news you can use into this bi-weekly post. It’ll include updates on current commits, including stats from their high school games, as well as news on players the Badgers are still pursuing. Let’s get down to business!
- 2020 PWO wing Carter Gilmore (Hartland) of Arrowhead High School became his high school’s all-time leading scorer this past week.
Carter Gilmore just became Arrowhead's all-time leading scorer with 1,325 points. #Badgers— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) February 12, 2020
As required by B5Q law, Gilmore is going to be a real steal from this class. Just look at him hammer down this dunk!
As a relatively new parent, I appreciate seeing parents of older kids being so proud of what their kids accomplished. I can’t wait until one of my girls does her first two story beer bong on the way to a Badgers football game!
Carter reached a milestone because of hard work and sacrifice but also because of teammates who celebrate each other’s success no matter how big or how small, coaches who believe in their kids, and families and a community who show up and show support. #grateful #momgotahug pic.twitter.com/nBHmbDoaoK— Stephanie Gilmore (@Happygilmores5) February 13, 2020
- 2021 4-star PF Matthew Mors (Yankton, S.D.) of Yankton-01 High School is now the all-time leading scorer in Class AA in South Dakota history. You’ll remember that he is only a junior in high school.
Here it is! @YhsBucks junior / #Badgers commit @matthew_mors passes former Aberdeen Central standout Eric Kline as the Class AA all-time leading scorer. #ArgusPreps #SDPreps @BadgerMBB pic.twitter.com/0K2ObR1qOL— hank (@Brian_Haenchen) February 15, 2020
Mors only scored 10 points in the game on Friday night, which was just enough to break the record. He now has 2,026 career points, which broke the previous record by one point. The Bucks could have used one more bucket from Mors, as they ended up losing the game by one point.
The Bucks lose a heartbreaker at Watertown tonight, 53-54. They will look to bounce back next Friday at the Summit when they take on the Mitchell Kernels. On a more exciting note, Matthew Mors became the all time leading scorer in class AA. CONGRATULATIONS MATTHEW! pic.twitter.com/8c1lXlw4Pw— Yankton Schools (@YSD633) February 15, 2020
Now that Matthew Mors is the all-time leading scorer in AA history, does he stand a chance of catching Louie Krogman’s all-time scoring record?— Nate Wek (@Nate_WekSDPB) February 15, 2020
In short, it’s not very likely.
If Mors has 33 games left of his high school career, he would have to average 45.3 points per game.
From Wek’s article on the topic of Mors breaking the state record, regardless of class:
“Yankton has a maximum of eight games remaining this season – four regular season contests, the SoDak 16 playoff round, and then three games at the state tournament. If they have the same amount of games next season, then that’s 33 games remaining in Mors’ high school career.
Based on the point gap between Mors and Krogman, and the games remaining for Mors, Mors would have to average 45.3 points per game to catch Krogman’s all-time record – yeah, it’s not happening.”
- 2021 4-star PG Chucky Hepburn (Bellevue, Neb.) of Bellevue West was named high school athlete of the week and then played his team’s biggest game of the season on Friday night.
With the Badgers being in Lincoln for a game against the Cornhuskers on Saturday afternoon, the Wisconsin coaching staff made the one hour trip to Bellevue to catch their 2021 point guard in action on Friday night.
Wisconsin coaches are here to watch someone I think! pic.twitter.com/t7qQtvievw— FauxCoachWoodard (@FauxCoachWoodar) February 15, 2020
Huge test for #Badgers commit Chucky Hepburn tonight. No. 2 Bellevue West takes on No. 1 Millard North, featuring top 50 2021 guard Hunter Sallis, Stanford commit Max Murrell, and 2021 point guard Jadin Johnson. pic.twitter.com/OsXn2phX9M— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) February 15, 2020
Facing a stacked Millard North team, Hepburn acquitted himself nicely with a solid all-around stat line but it wasn’t enough to beat the best team in the state. Sallis, who is the No. 42 player in the whole country for the 2021 class according to the 247 Composite, was basically unguardable and his 25 point effort was too much to overcome.
FINAL: Millard North 70, Bellevue West 60.— Jacob Padilla (@JacobPadilla_) February 15, 2020
MN: Hunter Sallis 25 pts, 8-14 FG, 9-9 FT, 5 reb; Saint Thomas 13 pts, 5-8 FG, 3-4 FT, 5 reb; Jasen Green 13 pts, 5-7 FG (1-2 3FG), 3-4 FT, 4 blk.
BW: Chucky Hepburn 15 pts, 4 ast, 4 reb, 3 stl; John Shanklin 12 pts, 8 reb.#nebpreps
- 2020 3-star PG commit Lorne Bowman (Detroit, Mich.) of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s had a great game on his senior night, scoring 31 points and displaying a lot of valuable traits that will eventually make him an excellent point guard for the Badgers.
2020 Lorne Bowman went out with a bang, dropping 31pts on senior night at Orchard Lake St Mary’s in a victory vs Brother Rice.— Endless Motor Sports (@endless_motor) February 15, 2020
6’2 guard displayed three level scoring ability with a potent pull-up game while consistently finishing through contact at the rim.@TheRealLorneB pic.twitter.com/AGtfHc9zB0