While football recruiting has rightfully dominated our coverage as of late with the in-person official visit season underway, things are beginning to heat up for Greg Gard and his staff as well.
This weekend the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball program is slated to welcome three official visitors to campus, just days after having one of their top 2023 prospects, Gus Yalden, in Madison on Monday morning.
In the 2022 class, the Badgers are expected to have two scholarships available. With three official visitors on campus this weekend vying for those two spots, it will be interesting to see if Wisconsin can make a move on any of the prospects.
Here is a quick breakdown of the three players expected on campus this weekend.
Of the three, the Badgers are thought to be in the best position for Brumbaugh. The 6-foot-4 point guard has smooth, balanced handles and is a strong shooter. His best skill set though is probably his vision and passing capabilities as a floor general. Brumbaugh is fairly quick for his size and does a great job of distributing the basketball to his teammates while also displaying the ability to score as well. His length sets him apart from many of the other point guards in recent Wisconsin memory, and he would be a big addition to the back court.
Brumbaugh has seen his stock in recruiting circles grow rapidly since mid-January. One of the fastest rising prospects in the Northeast, he currently holds offers from Butler, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Penn State, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech and Xavier among others. He is currently unranked for the 2022 class, however.
He recently took an official visit to Georgetown and is currently scheduled to visit Northwestern at the end of the month. A high academic kid from the D.C. area, he currently plays for Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts.
The Badgers are considered the frontrunner for obtaining Brumbaugh’s commitment and will look to shake up his recruitment this weekend in the hopes of closing it out before he heads to Northwestern.
The next prospect that will be in attendance this weekend is Braeden Moore of Nashville, Tennessee. The 6-foot-8 wing is probably the preferred compliment to Brumbaugh for the Badgers, as he is a strong shooting stretch forward with a quick release from deep. He has decent size at 210 pounds and can score off the dribble as well.
Moore currently attends Christ Presbyterian Academy and holds a significant number of offers from around the country. His offer list includes Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Boston College, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Houston, Kansas, Memphis, Missouri, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Rutgers, San Diego State, St. John’s, TCU, Tennessee and West Virginia.
He is expected to visit both Nebraska and Rutgers following his official to Madison, and he represents one of Wisconsin’s top priorities in the class of 2022. Greg Gard and staff will look to put the full-court press on Moore with the hopes to pair him and Brumbaugh together to fill out the cycle.
Another Braden, Braden Huff, rounds out the visitor list for the Badgers.
Huff is a 6-foot-9 forward from Glenbard West High School in Illinois. He has a much shorter offer list than Brumbaugh and Moore, but he is a high upside player that could fit in nicely with the Badgers. Huff currently holds offers from Creighton, Depaul, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin.
As a player, Huff is a lanky, left-handed shooter that is also a fairly good distributor with the ball in his hands. He is capable of slashing to the rim off the dribble and is a solid shot-blocker on the other end of the court. Right now his best asset is probably his shooting ability, but he is a fairly well-rounded player at the high school level.
Huff recently completed official visits to Northwestern and Virginia Tech. It will be interesting to see if the loss of his primary recruiter, Alando Tucker, from the staff has any impact on his recruitment for the Badgers.
As always, we will keep you up to date when any news that breaks out of Madison this weekend.