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Wisconsin basketball recruiting: new rankings update puts 2020 class in rare company

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The Badgers haven’t had a class ranked this highly since 2006.

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On Wednesday morning, 247Sports released their final rankings for the basketball class of 2020. In a turn of events that hasn’t been seen since 2006, the Wisconsin Badgers had three recruits in the Top150, as 247 calls it.

247Sports Wisconsin analyst Evan Flood notes that, “Wisconsin’s 2020 recruiting class now stands No. 24 nationally and third in the Big Ten Conference. That’s the program’s highest finish since 2006, a group which ranked No. 20 nationally, but fourth within the league standings.”

Oddly, when you click on the list of teams ranked by just the 247Sports numbers, the Badgers are ranked No. 31 as a class and when you click on the Composite rankings, which take into account all recruiting rankings, Wisconsin is ranked No. 26. Both of those rankings were updated at 1:31 p.m. CT, and Flood’s post was from a few hours before that, so something probably changed.

The three Badgers who are ranked in the Top150 are:

  • No. 96 Ben Carlson, 4-star, PF, 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds, Woodbury, Minn.
  • No. 121 Steven Crowl, 4-star, C, 6-foot-9 and 210 pounds, Eagan, Minn.
  • No. 147 Johnny Davis, 3-star, SG, 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, La Crosse

The top ranked player coming into the B1G is No. 32 Adam Miller, a shooting guard out of Chicago who will be going to Illinois. Going by just the 247 rankings, the Badgers have the No. 4 class in the conference behind Illinois, Michigan and ::holds finger to earpiece:: I’m being told Rutgers. The Composite conference rankings have the Badgers at No. 3, however.