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Wisconsin basketball recruiting: updates on Chucky Hepburn, Lorne Bowman and more

Lots of future Badgers in action this past week.

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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!

Commit updates

  • 2020 PWO wing Carter Gilmore (Hartland) of Arrowhead High School became his high school’s all-time leading scorer this past week.

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!

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.

Football commits hooping on each other

  • 2020 TE Cole Dakovich (Waukesha) and 2021 4-star S Hunter Wohler (Muskego) did battle on the hardwood this past week. DON’T GET HURT PLAYING BASKETBALL, YOU GUYS!