In a strange off-season that has a bevy of top players around the country entering the transfer portal, the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team has similarly had their fair share of portal action as well.
On Tuesday morning, sophomore big man Joe Hedstrom became the fourth player from last year’s roster to make the decision to look elsewhere for playing time next season.
Hedstrom came to Wisconsin as part of the 2018 recruiting class by way of Hopkins, Minnesota. At 7-feet tall, his other offers out of high school were from Boise State, Cleveland State, Columbia, Denver, Loyola-Marymount, North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota and Utah.
He missed the vast majority of the 2019-2020 season due to a knee injury and subsequent surgery, and only played in nine games this past season, mostly in late game situations when the outcome was already determined. For his career he finished with 15 games played, six points, and five rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
With his roots in Minnesota and heavy interest out of high school from the Dakotas, it could make sense for him to possibly find a new home west of Madison.
Hedstrom is the only underclassmen to explore the portal for the Badgers this off-season, joining Trevor Anderson, Walt McGrory (headed to South Dakota), and Nate Reuvers who all are looking to potentially take advantage of the NCAA’s one-time COVID-19 waiver.
With Hedstrom’s departure, Tyler Wahl is slated to be the only scholarship player on the roster next season that has eligibility listed as a sophomore or higher (assuming Brad Davison does not choose to come back).
Best of luck to Joe in his future endeavors!