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Wisconsin basketball recruiting: Green Bay PG Kamari McGee is transferring to UW [UPDATE: it’s official]

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One of the top freshman in the Horizon League is heading south to Madison to continue his college career.

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On Tuesday afternoon, the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team nabbed their first transfer IN from the portal this offseason. Racine native Kamari McGee, who played his freshman year at Green Bay under Will Ryan, announced on his various social media accounts that he’ll be transferring to Wisconsin to continue his basketball career.

“First and foremost, I want to thank the coaching staff for believing in me to come and be a part of this program,” McGee said. “I’m looking forward to building bonds with my new teammates and Badger Nation. My excitement is through the roof!”

McGee averaged 11.6 ppg, 1.9 apg and 1.1 spg as a freshman at Green Bay and was named to the Horizon League all-freshman team. He was a bright spot on a bad Phoenix team but would be a welcome addition to Wisconsin’s guard rotation, especially since Lorne Bowman will be playing ball at Oakland next season.

While it is highly unlikely that McGee will usurp Chucky Hepburn’s starting point guard spot, there will be plenty of minutes for the 6-foot guard to take. McGee will serve as the primary backup to Hepburn while potentially sharing the court with him if the Badgers want to go small and push the pace a little. You never know, it could happen!

“Kamari is the kind of person and player we want representing our University and program,” head coach Greg Gard said. “He is a leader and role model in his community of Racine and is a motivated student, who will thrive both on and off the floor here at Wisconsin. A ferocious competitor, Kamari makes his presence felt on the defensive end of the floor. He also brings experience and leadership to our backcourt, which is vital to our team’s success. We are excited to add Kamari to our Badger Family and to get to work with him as he pursues his goals as a student-athlete here at the University of Wisconsin.”

We’ll have more on McGee and what the Wisconsin roster will look like next season later in the week.