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Wisconsin basketball recruiting: some rankings updates [UPDATE]

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And other random ‘crootin notes from around the World Wide Web.

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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!

New 247 Sports rankings

  • It’s always fun to check out where Wisconsin recruits rank when the new rankings come out from 247 Sports or Rivals...well, at least I think it’s fun. The Badgers have had the No. 1 ranked class for 2021 for a few months now, which is such a crazy statement to make regardless of how early on in the process this is. After the new rankings were released, all three Badgers recruits dropped in the rankings but the class remained No. 1 mostly due to the fact that there are three members of it.

PF Chris Hodges (Schaumburg, Ill.): 3-star, 89, No. 142, down five spots
PF Matthew Mors (Yankton, S.D.): 3-star, 89, No. 143, down 40 spots
PG Chucky Hepburn (Bellevue, Neb.): 3-star, 89, No. 150, down seven spots

All three players are ranked higher in the 247Composite, which takes into account other sites’ rankings, with Mors at No. 114, Hepburn at No. 117 and Hodges at No. 118.

It’s hard to say what caused all three prospects to drop, although Hodges and Hepburn’s drops are probably more just due to a reshuffling of similarly rated players. Mors’ ratings drop, while larger, isn’t too concerning either because he plays in South Dakota and doesn’t get a whole lot of people out to see his game. Once he hits the court for AAU Tournaments this summer we could see a boost to his rating. Another interesting point that I’ve heard made is that Mors has a higher floor (but lower ceiling) than a lot of the other players in the class and these rankings often take “potential” into account disproportionately.

As far as other players the Badgers are still interested in in the 2021 class:

SF Patrick Baldwin Jr. (Sussex): 5-star, 100, No. 3, unchanged
SG Max Christie (Rolling Meadows, Ill.): 5-star, 98, No. 13, down three spots
SG Hunter Sallis (Omaha, Neb.): 4-star, 97, No. 29, up two spots
SG Louis Lesmond (Evanston, Ill.): 4-star, 93, No. 76, up a lot because he wasn’t rated before
C Logan Duncomb (Cincinnati, Ohio): 4-star, 92, No. 80, up 19 spots

Baldwin and Christie are both, most likely, going to Duke, but the other three are still in play for the Badgers. Lesmond would be a nice Brevin Pritzl replacement and Duncomb would be another big body down low who also has a good shooting touch. Sallis is the most interesting of these prospects, to me, because he is a tall guard that can score in a variety of ways. Wisconsin hasn’t offered him yet, but could soon, and if they do they’ll have an “in” since he and Hepburn are buddies.

Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball update

  • Minnesota has whittled their Mr. Basketball list down to five finalists, from the original 10 semifinalists. The Badgers still have a 20% chance of having Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball on their team next year as Ben Carlson was named a finalist.

Carlson is averaging 24.7 points per game and 11.6 rebounds per game this year for East Ridge, who are 16-1 in conference and face off with Cretin-Durham Hall on Friday night...who also happen to be 16-1 in conference. Should be a good one.

The winner of the Mr. Basketball award will be announced during the April 5th Minnesota Timberwolves game.

Michigan Mr. Basketball update

The five finalists are:

G Lorne Bowman (Wisconsin commit): 24.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists
G Tyson Acuff (Duquesne commit): 27.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 4.2 steals
G/F Carlos “Scooby” Johnson (Butler commit): 25 points, 11 rebounds, 6 blocks and 3 steals
C Matt Nicholson (Northwestern commit): 16.9 points, 14.4 rebounds, 5.9 blocks and 3.1 assists.
G Jalen Terry (Oregon commit): 19.3 points, 7.5 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game

The winner will be announced on March 23rd in Detroit.

Senor Drip Nebraska high school basketball analysis

  • I don’t know who this is, but his love for Chucky Hepburn is good and correct. Thank you, Senor Drip.