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!
2021 PG commit looking good
- Wisconsin Badgers 3-star 2021 PG commit Chucky Hepburn (Bellevue, Neb.) is already off and running in the OSA (Omaha Sports Academy) High School Jamboree tournament. Quite frankly you love to see your point guard of the future leading the way with defense.
Watching Bellevue West against Papio South this hour. Wisconsin commit Chucky Hepburn’s anticipation is off the charts and his hands are ridiculous. Three steals in the last couple of minutes and scored a quick 9 points capped by a deep pull-up 3.— Jacob Padilla (@JacobPadilla_) July 8, 2020
You will also notice that Hepburn isn’t some sort of one dimensional player either. In the two games for which we found his stats, Hepburn filled up most columns including eight (!) steals in one game.
Bellevue West pulled away down the stretch. Chucky Hepburn stuffed the stat sheet as usual. I had him with 18 points, 8 steals, 7 assists and 6 rebounds.— Jacob Padilla (@JacobPadilla_) July 8, 2020
Graham Cassoutt led the Titans with 17 points.
Chuck Hepburn and Josiah Dotzler had 17 points apiece for Bellevue West. Hepburn added 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.— Jacob Padilla (@JacobPadilla_) July 8, 2020
2022 in-state prospect about to blow up?
- 2022 unranked SF Leon Bond (Milwaukee) out of Wauwatosa East may be getting ready to receive a bunch of offers. Currently, hometown UWM is the only school to extend an offer but 247Sports’ Evan Flood thinks that Bond might be the best player in the state for 2022 ($).
Phone has been busy for 2022 forward Leon Bond this summer. Wauwatosa East standout has heard from Virginia, Butler, Indiana, Wisconsin, and more.https://t.co/tYnOp7IRJp (VIP) pic.twitter.com/KZEvOwVeDd— Badger247 (@Badger247) July 9, 2020
While Bond grew up as a Marquette fan, he did tell Flood this, “I grew up watching the Badgers. Probably the most iconic moment was watching them beat Kentucky in the Final Four. That was a really cool moment. The Badgers have always been really cool to me.”
Yes...that was a really cool moment, Leon.
All aboard the Gus Bus
- We talked about 2023 PF Gus Yalden (De Pere) of the Asheville (N.C.) School in Wednesday’s post, but in the 24 hours since then he’s picked up two more B1G offers. Iowa and Nebraska are the latest teams to offer Yalden a scholarship and you wonder when/if the Badgers will follow suit.
Gus Yalden (2023, 6’9”, F, Asheville HS) receives official scholarship offer from head coach, Fran McCaffery, and the University of Iowa! #PGCFamily #UAA #ThroughThisTogether #NOStudentLoans pic.twitter.com/N43vyGnFQj— Wisconsin Playground Club (@WisconsinPGC) July 8, 2020