With a quality class of three high-caliber forwards and a stud point-guard inked for the 2021 recruiting class, the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team has turned their attention on the trail to the 2022 cycle and beyond.
On Wednesday, the Badger dished out their ninth overall scholarship offer for the 2022 class to in-state standout guard Seth Trimble.
The offer represented only the fourth offer given out at the guard position, and Trimble is one of the top rising prospects in the country in the midst of a really strong junior campaign at Menomonee Falls High Schools.
The 6-foot-3 point guard possesses an excellent basketball IQ and uses his quickness and skills in transition to be a great distributor and scorer with the ball in his hand. Still developing as a shooter, Trimble is best at creating off the dribble and getting to the hoop.
Given his size and blend of smarts and quickness he is also a standout defender, and would fit nicely with what Greg Gard generally wants from his floor generals, with the added ability to help out as a two-guard at times as well.
Wisconsin is just the latest school to offer Trimble though, as he is a consensus four-star prospect and is ranked inside the top-120 prospects in the country according to both 247 Sports and Rivals. Beyond the Badgers, Trimble has early offers from Arizona State, Cal, Iowa State, Nebraska, TCU and USC.
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Last year as a sophomore, Trimble averaged 20 points, six rebounds, a little over three assists and nearly a steal and a half on a per game basis. While those numbers definitely turned heads, he has made tremendous strides as a junior by averaging over 24 points per game. Overall he has improved his shooting percentage from the floor and most notably from three has caught the attention of college coaches, including Greg Gard.
Now the fun part begins.
The in-state guard has ties to Wisconsin, as his brother JP Tokoto was heavily recruited by the Badgers before attending North Carolina and eventually getting drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft in 2015. Tokoto currently plays overseas, but he was one of the first in a long line of notable high school players from inside the state to go elsewhere. Coming out of high school he was ranked as the second best player in the state behind Sam Dekker in 2012, and he earned one of the earliest offers ever given by Bo Ryan. You can reminisce on the Tokoto recruiting saga here if you wish.
It appears as though there are no hard feelings between the Badgers and Trimble’s family, but there is another added dimension. Trimble played for the Phenom U-Team Herro summer program. We all know that AAU programs and shoe contracts are all too invested and involved in where players eventually land frequently in college basketball, and while I doubt that his recruitment will be decided on that, it is still a very real consideration to keep an eye on in this recruitment.
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Overall, I really like the offer, and I think that Trimble would bring an attacking ability from the guard position that is needed. At this point the offer is early enough in the cycle where the Badgers should prove to be one of the top contenders, especially when compared to the other offers on the table as well.
Trimble is a highly sought after prospect though, and his scholarship opportunities should only continue to grow. Buckle up, because his recruitment has all the makings of another in-state shouting match on message boards.