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Wisconsin basketball recruiting: more potential transfer portal targets [UPDATE with one player Drew forgot]

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A few more players with local connections have entered the portal in recent days. Let’s see if any are good fits for Wisconsin.

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The Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball are poised to lose a ton of talent before next season. They have a senior-laden rotation and while one or two players may return (due to the NCAA granting a free year of eligibility to everyone) there will be holes to fill in the lineup.

Greg Gard and co. would be wise to take a look in the transfer portal for some veteran leadership and scoring. As luck would have it, dozens of players are entering the portal every day that could, at a minimum, pique Wisconsin’s interest. Let’s take a look!

  • Former 4-star PG Jordan McCabe (Kaukauna) has entered the transfer portal. He played for the West Virginia Mountaineers for three years and will have two years of eligibility remaining with the free COVID year. The 6-foot and 188 pound lead guard saw his playing time decline every year since his freshman season.

In his freshman season he averaged 18.5 minutes per game while this past season he was only on the court for 10.9 minutes per game. Over his three year career in Morgantown he averaged 3.8 ppg, 1.9 apg and 1.3 rpg. He shot 28.3% from three on decent volume, which isn’t good, but did shoot 76.8% from the free throw line which suggests he can shoot better from beyond the arc.

The Badgers did not offer McCabe coming out of high school, probably due to his size and UW already having an undersized PG in D’Mitrik Trice, despite him being Mr. Basketball in Wisconsin and being the state’s sixth all-time leading scorer. Apparently this time around Greg Gard has already reached out to McCabe, so we’ll see if they are serious based on where McCabe decides to visit/move further with.

  • Former 4-star PF Jaemyn Brakefield (born in Menasha and played there until sixth grade and suited up for Wisconsin based AAU team Phenom U with Jalen Johnson but attended Huntington Prep in West Virginia and lived in Mississippi after moving from Wisconsin) has left Duke and is entering the transfer portal.

The 6-foot-8 and 218 pound forward was compared to Sam Dekker by 247Sports’ Jerry Meyer and averaged 3.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 0.5 apg for the Blue Devils in 12.4 minutes per game. He also started twice for Duke this past year. He shot 31.4% from deep and only went 5-of-12 from the charity stripe. There is a lot of talent here to unlock and while Gard doesn’t have the best relationship with Phenom U, this is a player who should certainly be given a call.

  • Former 3-star recruit SG Isaac Lindsey (Mineral Point) has also put his name into the transfer portal. Lindsey suffered a hip injury during his senior year of high school and missed his entire freshman year at UNLV.

The 6-foot-4 and 190 pound shooting guard didn’t have an offer from the Badgers coming out of high school, but did camp at UW and visited unofficially. Another player Wisconsin might sniff around but who knows if they’ll actually extend an offer since they didn’t out of high school.

  • Former 4-star PF recruit Race Thompson (Plymouth, Minn.) has left the Indiana Hoosiers and is entering the transfer portal. The Badgers didn’t offer Thompson out of high school, but were recruiting him. He played his AAU ball for D1 Minnesota after all, a team that Gard has a great connection with.

The 6-foot-8 and 228 pound Thompson was a team captain for IU this season and started all 27 games. He averaged 9.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.4 apg and blocking 1.3 shots per game, which was No. 8 in the Big Ten. His older sister, Dominique, was an All-American and two-time Academic All-Big Ten volleyball player at Wisconsin during her tenure from 2010-14. His younger brother currently plays football at Minnesota, where their father also played before going on to play for the Packers. His mother and other sister both played volleyball collegiality, at Iowa and San Diego State respectively.