Could Wisconsin fans be wearing #SLAMDEKKER in the near future?
Former Badgers forward Sam Dekker tweeted out Tuesday -- as did his sports agency, Priority Sports, on Wednesday (with some more clarity) -- that he was given Stance socks with his likeness on them. It appears a couple other NBA Draft prospects received them as well.
B5Q checked Stance.com, but did not see them on sale yet.
Frank Kaminsky has apparently landed a sponsorship deal with JCPenney that's... odd but kind of fitting? That seems to be the only way to explain this video. There's also a series of other 15-second spots JCPenney has on its YouTube page as part of a campaign that chides Frank for wearing linen, shows him attempting to drink out of a hose, reading a book on badgers and... more?.
Seems right up Phil Jackson's alley, no? A quick persual of Frank's Twitter timeline indicates he has some other deals with JBL Audio and Speed Stick deodorant (like Melvin Gordon) as well.
When considering possible doppelgängers for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, one probably wouldn't jump to a former Wisconsin Badgers 6'1, 196-pound shooting guard. Gronk, after all, is 6'6, 265 pounds.
But look at this picture and tell me there isn't a crazy strong resemblance. Crazy stuff -- now we just need a Gronk parody video with Brust doing his traditional endzone spikes.
Thanks to Montee Ball, we now have a visual for the so-called Mt. Rushmore of Wisconsin running backs. You'd be hard-pressed to find a school with a more promising collection of backs than Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, Alan Ameche, Ball and Ron Dayne.
After an unforgettable 2014-15 season, the next iteration of Wisconsin basketball is just around the corner. We received a subtle reminder of that on Tuesday, when the Badgers shared the uniform numbers for their freshman class. They also sent out some handy social media promos for each, so you can see what these guys actually look like! Here's Brevin Pritzl, Charlie Thomas, Khalil Iverson and Alex Illikainen.
In case you're wondering, Belgian forward Andy van Vliet is still on track to join UW in August. He's just still working out some paperwork.
Big congrats go out to former Wisconsin Badgers forwards Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker for being invited to the 2015 NBA Draft green room on Thursday night.
Both players are expected to be drafted in the early to mid-first round and could be lottery picks. They join former Kentucky Wildcats Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and Willie Cauley-Stein and Duke's Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow as green room invitees.
The Badgers star has gained some draft steam in recent weeks, but this is a huge jump if this report is deemed to be true.
The Knicks are interested in adding Kaminsky to run the triangle offense, but can't find a willing trade partner to move down. So they might just take him anyway, because Knicks.
Wisconsin junior Courtney Burke was selected fourth overall in the inaugural NWHL draft by the Buffalo Beauts. Burke is an Albany, NY native, so she'll be heading back near home. The NWHL is the first paid professional women's league in the US. They will start play this October - the amateur draft is for college juniors who'll play the second season. The early draft allows the players to arrange part time jobs and housing.
In not entirely unexpected but still not enjoyable news, high-four-star offensive tackle from Hartland (Arrowhead), Wis., Ben Bredeson verbally committed to Michigan on Wednesday. Bredeson, widely considered the top prospect from Wisconsin in the class of 2016, becomes the Wolverines' third offensive line commit in their class of 2016.
As for the Badgers? Green Bay (Bay Port), Wis., four-star offensive lineman Cole Van Lanen moves into position as their top target. Look for the Badgers to also make a move with four-star Baltimore (Gilman), Md., tackle Devery Hamilton. The Badgers have been in contention for Hamilton for a while, and with space in Michigan closing quickly, there's a chance to make a new impression.
Think he's got a future after football in orchestra conducting? More video of the Denver Broncos' event can be found here.