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Wisconsin basketball recruiting: news roundup

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Things have been a bit hectic around ::gestures at everywhere:: but here are some ‘crootin updates for you.

NCAA Basketball: Maryland at Wisconsin Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

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!

Sorry about the lack of updates recently but as you’ve probably noticed in your own life, things are a bit crazy right now. We will definitely keep you as up to date as possible on the wide world of Badgers sports.

Commit updates

  • 2020 3-star combo guard Johnny Davis (La Crosse) of La Crosse Central High School was named Mr. Basketball for the state of Wisconsin in 2020. A pretty high honor for the future Wisconsin Badger, and the second Mr. Basketball to sign with the Badgers in the past four years. I don’t remember the name of the other one, but he also went to Central and I didn’t see much of him over the last month of the season.

Davis is an incredible athlete and will probably push for minutes on a veteran Badgers squad next season.

According to Davis averaged 27.2 points for La Crosse Central, which finished the season with a 20-5 record. He netted 16 points in a 55-40 win over Onalaska last Thursday in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal contest and was hoping to lead the Red Raiders to their fourth straight state-tournament appearance before the COVID-19 virus forced cancellation of the event. Davis completed his four-year high school career with 2,141 points.

  • 2020 3-star PG Lorne Bowman (Detroit, Mich.) of Orchard Lake-St. Mary’s Prep was a dang scoring machine in high school! If he had played as many games as those other players he would be the all-time leading scorer in school history.

Bowman is one of the finalists for Mr. Basketball in Michigan, so the Badgers could have two of those coming to Madison next year. Ben Carlson is a finalist for Mr. Basketball in Minnesota and as much as I think he’s a great player, that award seems like it’ll be Dawson Garcia’s to lose.

  • So, some of the last sports played in the country, before everything was canceled/postponed due to coronavirus, were the Nebraska state basketball playoffs. Weird, I know, but it’s true.

2021 4-star PG Chucky Hepburn (Bellevue, Neb.) of Bellevue West led his team to a state title! Here are some highlights from the semifinals.

From all accounts, it sounds like the finals were an instant classic.

Congrats to Hepburn and the Bellevue West Thunderbirds (!!!) on their state title.