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Wisconsin basketball freshman player profile: Carter Gilmore

A record-setting performer from Hartland, Gilmore comes to Madison with something to prove.

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While the official start date of the 2020-2021 college basketball season is still up for discussion, we here at Bucky’s 5th Quarter are champing at the bit for hoops to start and have decided to get our returning player profile series going again. Over the next two weeks we will profile all of the returning players and then the week after that we will profile all of the incoming freshmen on the team.

The next freshman up on our player profile series is in-state preferred walk-on Carter Gilmore from Hartland.

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Position: wing/small forward

Height: 6-foot-7

Year: freshman

Hometown: Hartland (Arrowhead High School)

Recruiting info: Class of 2020, no stars, not ranked

Player overview: Some walk-ons come to Wisconsin without any D-1 offers but Gilmore had a host of scholarship opportunities from the likes of Appalachian State, Brown, DePaul, Illinois-Chicago, Indiana State, Southern Illinois and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Gilmore was dominant in his final season at Arrowhead, winning Classic Eight Conference Player of the Year (his second consecutive year winning the award), and averaged 26.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game in his senior season.

He became Arrowhead’s all-time leading scorer (1,565 pts) and scored a school record 49 points for Arrowhead on March 7, 2020 in a WIAA D1 regional final. Wisconsin Badgers head coach Greg Gard said of Gilmore after he committed, “Carter has also been a part of a very successful high school program at Arrowhead and will come in with an understanding of the commitment it takes to win championships. He has a versatile skill set and a high basketball IQ and understanding of the game.”

When Gilmore signed with Wisconsin we noted that he’s the type of player UW is lucky to get.

We here at Bucky’s 5th Quarter have been high on Carter Gilmore since the Badgers first got involved in his recruitment. He’s the exact kind of player the Badgers have few of, rangy wings that can shoot and get into the paint to finish at the rim. Gilmore also adds a dose of rebounding tenacity and smart help-side defense which could help him see the court early in his career even as a walk-on.

Role on 2020-21 team: Gilmore is almost certain to redshirt this year, due to the senior-laden roster in front of him, but we wouldn’t be surprised if we hear about how well he is playing on the scout team.