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!
- The Wisconsin Badgers have sent out a new offer in the class of 2021. 4-star SG Lucas Taylor (Wake Forest, N.C.) out of Heritage High School tweeted that he had received the offer on Friday evening. Taylor has nearly 30 offers, but 247Sports mentions that Arizona State, UConn, Marquette, Ole Miss, Providence, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Xavier are in the lead for his commitment.
Excited to receive an offer from the University of Wisconsin ❤️ pic.twitter.com/wI1p9tCROb— Lucas Taylor (@lucas_taylor10) August 21, 2020
The 6-foot-6 and 185 pound shooting guard is rated as the No. 103 player in the country by the 247Sports Composite and the No. 26 SG. The first thing I noticed in Taylor’s highlight videos is that he isn’t shy. He’ll pull up from just about anywhere or take it to the tin if his man is not locked in defensively. I am not a Shot Doctor, but Taylor has kind of a weird release on his shot, which works for him, but might be something that needs to be tinkered with for it to be successful at the Power 5 level.
The second video embedded here has an interview with Taylor where he talks about improving his ball handling and what his recruitment timeline is looking like (spoiler: he seems to be taking his time, which is good news for latecomers like Wisconsin).
We thought that the Badgers might bank their last 2021 scholarship for next year’s class, but it would appear that they still have players on their board that they like. As things progress with Taylor, we’ll keep you updated on his recruitment.