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Ben Carlson - F (2020)

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24/7: 4-star recruit4-star recruit4-star recruit4-star recruit 92 (#15 PF / #85 overall) Red_arrowdown_medium
Rivals: 4-star recruit4-star recruit4-star recruit4-star recruit (#16 PF / #87 overall) Red_arrowdown_medium
ESPN: 4-star recruit4-star recruit4-star recruit4-star recruit 81 (#19 PF / #88 overall) Red_arrowdown_medium
Prep Hoops Minnesota: #4 player in 2020

Last updated: Sept. 18, 2019
Previous Rankings: 4-star (0.9674, #15 PF/#82 overall/#4 MN > 0.9699) by 24/7 Composite (#10 PF/#70 overall/#4 MN); 4-star (#84) > 4-star/94 (#10 PF/#68 overall > #71 overall > #69 > #59) > 4-star (#97 > #90) by 24/7; 4-star (#15 PF/#83 overall > #53 overall > #52 > #94) by Rivals; 4-star/83 (#13 PF/#84 overall) > NR by ESPN

Rankings at time of commitment: 4-star (0.9674, #15 PF/#82 overall/#4 MN) by 247Sports Composite; 4-star by 24/7, Rivals & ESPN; #4 player (2020) in MN

Honors Honors

2020 Second Team All-State (AP)
2019 Second Team All-Metro (StarTribune)

Statistics Statistics

2019-20: 24.3 ppg, 11.7 rpg | Senior (East Ridge)
2018-19: 16.6 ppg, 11.3 rpg | Junior (East Ridge)
2017-18: 19.0 ppg | Sophomore (East Ridge)
2016-17: 11.5 ppg | Freshman (East Ridge)

Signed LOI Signed National Letter of Intent

Signed on November 13, 2019
Wisconsin welcomes five newcomers in 2020 Signing Class (

Verbally committed on September 18, 2019
Minnesota prep Ben Carlson commits to Badgers for 2020 (Wisconsin State Journal)
Top 100 forward Carlson is a Badger (Badger247)
2020 PF and ESPN 100 prospect Ben Carlson commits to Wisconsin (B5Q)

After Stanford appeared to be in the driver’s seat for much of the past year or so, Carlson still mentioned Wisconsin when discussing potential college destinations. He announced his six finalists and kicked off his visits with an unofficial to hometown Minnesota. Carlson visited Madison for a fateful Sept. 7 official visit, in between trips to co-favorite Xavier and Purdue. As with Steven Crowl though, Carlson cut short his fall visits tour once he knew Madison was the place for him, perhaps aided by Stanford taking a pledge from another forward. Regardless, Greg Gard and his staff closed remarkably well in this recruitment, overcoming a true full court press from Xavier. Carlson’s final tally included offers from Iowa, Creighton, Northwestern, Wake Forest, Ohio State and Colorado, with interest from Michigan as well.

The Twin Cities native helped lead a loaded East Ridge squad to the Minnesota Class AA state tournament for the first time this past season. The Badgers’ track record with big men from Minnesota is legendary, and Carlson has the inside-outside skill set that will serve him well under Greg Gard. Like many young prospects, the challenge for Carlson will be getting stronger, tougher at the rim and more consistent at the next level.

Offered on June 15, 2018

Press Clippings Recent Press

4/20: Wisconsin 2020 Signee Breakdown: Ben Carlson (

9/18: Film analysis: basketball commit Ben Carlson (B5Q)
8/25: Carlson locks in Wisconsin official (Badger247)
3/14: Carlson, Brown brothers lead East Ridge to first boys’ basketball tourney (StarTribune)
2/12: Minnesota’s prep basketball class of ‘20 runs big and can shoot (StarTribune)
1/20: Elite 2020 Forward Ben Carlson Breaks Down Recruitment, Strong Relationships and Playing Style Are Key (Endless Motor Scouting)

8/24: Q&A: East Ridge Big Man Ben Carlson Talks Recruiting, Gophers (
7/24: Interest rising in 4-star Ben Carlson (Rivals)

Multimedia Audio / Video

Interview: Bucky’s 5th Podcast, ep. 141 (4.9.20)
Highlights: Wisconsin And Marquette Commits Face Off! East Ridge vs Prior Lake At The Big 12 Classic! (12.1.19)
Interview: East Ridge basketball star Ben Carlson reacts to committing to Wisconsin - KSTP/ABC5 (9.18.19)
Highlights: Purdue recruiting target Ben Carlson (9.4.19)
Highlights: Kendall Brown & Ben Carlson Dominate Section Championship (3.15.19)
Interview: 2020 St. Paul (Minn.) East Ridge 4-star forward Ben Carlson talks recruiting (10.31.18)
Highlights: Ben Carlson Sophomore Year Highlights (3.31.18)

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2019-20 Schedule | Star Tribune

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