Recruiting is the lifeblood of any major college athletics team, but following it closely as a fan can sometimes be difficult and can often be time consuming. We’ll try and condense all the recruiting news you can use into this bi-weekly (or more often since we are in Uncertain Times and there aren’t actual sports going on) post. It’ll include updates on current commits, including stats from their high school games, as well as news on players the Badgers are still pursuing. Let’s get down to business!
- On Wednesday at Wisconsin’s advanced camp, 2024 PG Daniel Freitag (Bloomington, Minn.) out of Jefferson High School earned a scholarship offer from the Badgers. While this is Freitag’s first offer, it certainly won’t be his last as he is receiving interest from Minnesota, among others.
“It felt good, because it’s such a huge opportunity. A school like Wisconsin, that’s big,” Freitag told Evan Flood of Badger247 ($). A rising sophomore, Freitag stands 6-foot-2 and weighs around 175 pounds. He is unrated by both major recruiting services currently, but once his class starts being evaluated he’ll most likely be one of the top players in Minnesota.
As a freshman, Freitag averaged 10.2 points per game in 18 games played for the varsity team. His team went 11-9 on the season and it looks like he got to play with his older brother Isaac, a senior on the team, unless the team has two separate families with the last name Freitag on it.
I know this is a highlight tape that is designed to show all of the best aspects of his game but...I love this kid. He plays basketball exactly how I’d want to play if, you know, I were any good at basketball. He gets downhill to the basket and finishes through contact. He’s slithery between defenders in the lane and can find his teammates with pocket passes for layups. He plays tenacious defense and dives on the floor for loose balls. His shooting stroke is effective (although it’s probably a little too low to start and will get blocked in the Big Ten more often) and he can make it from deep.
Obviously a lot can change as he still has three years of high school left, but if he keeps improving he could be one of the best players in the midwest for his class. Hopefully the Badgers stay in his recruitment for the long haul because I’m smitten.