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 (or more often since we are in Uncertain Times and there aren’t actual sports going on) 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!
- According to Evan Flood and 247Sports ($), Greg Gard and the Wisconsin Badgers are turning up the heat on 2021 3-star wing Josh O’Garro (Canyon Country, Calif.) out of Santa Clarita Christian High School. O’Garro, a native of the Cayman Islands, holds a handful of offers from the likes of Fresno State, San Diego, Cal Poly and Loyola Marymount but also has interest from a number of Power 5 schools.
One would assume that Hunter Sallis, who the Badgers recently offered, is now at the top of the recruiting board but O’Garro, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 175 pounds, is a nice backup plan.
- 2021 3-star PG commit Chucky Hepburn (Bellevue, Neb.) is back in action with Team Factory and it looks like he had a pretty good tournament. His ability to break defenders down off the dribble is outstanding and will be a welcome addition to the Wisconsin offense.
Per Ryan James of Minnesota’s 247Sports site ($): “Playing about half of each contest Chucky recorded 12 points, six boards, and three assists on 4 of 12 shooting from the field and 4 of 4 shooting at the foul line. Then against WC United, Hepburn his team to a win with another 12 points on 4 of 11 shooting while making 4 of 5 foul attempts (three boards, four assists as well).” James has an in-depth breakdown of Hepburn’s performance there too, for those of you who are subscribers.
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- Immediately after the Badgers offered Sallis, Hepburn was on the Twitter machine recruiting him to link up in Madison. He continued the following day and one would imagine that the rest of this season will be a constant barrage of texts and tweets between Hepburn and Sallis.