With the 2011 recruits coming onto campus ready to make an impact for the 2011-12 Wisconsin Badgers, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan is trying to find future stars to suit up for the Badgers starting in 2012.
Sam Dekker, the only commitment so far in the class, is a 6-7 small forward from Sheboygan who averaged 28.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4 assists per game last year. He is a four star recruit according to Badger 247 and committed to the school last June.
Bradley, Valparaiso, Northern Illinois and Northern Iowa were also recruiting the wingman.Dekker is a great athlete as well as a tremendous scorer. He is a great rebounder, as he had over 10 rebounds a game last year. He can score from the inside and outside as well.
If there were things for him to work on, getting stronger so he can play in the Big Ten would be the big one.
But with the work ethic and scoring ability Dekker has shown, he could be the next star for the Badgers under Ryan. He fits well into the swing offense and will excel in the Big Ten when he gets the hang of things in Madison.
Wisconsin was also recruiting 6-11 center Adam Woodbury from Sioux City, Iowa, but Woodbury committed to the University of Iowa a few weeks ago. California, Florida, Illinois and Iowa State were also recruiting Woodbury.
The Badgers are also recruiting fast-rising Eron Harris, a 6-3 guard from Indiana who also has a scholarship offer from Dayton.
Haris has great length and has sky-high potential. Greg Gard has recruited him as well as Ryan. He really broke out in the addidas Invitational over the summer as well as playing really well in the Best Buy Summer Classic in Minnesota in July.Wisconsin is also mildly recruiting 7-2 project Ryan Bross out of Menomonee Falls. He obviously has the height to play basketball as he projects to be anywhere between 7-6 and 7-10.
However, he is very raw and with every player of that height, knees are a concern and if he will be able to take the physical pounding in a Division I program.
Marquette, St. John's and Syracuse are all also recruiting the enormous prospect.
If Harris doesn't accept the offer, look for Ryan to pocket the scholarship and save it for the 2013 recruiting season.
The 2013 recruiting class is looking like a possible good one for the Badgers.
Guard Bronson Koenig from La Crosse is the major target for Wisconsin for the 2013 class and once again, the Badgers are going head-to-head with powerhouse North Carolina for a kid from Wisconsin.
First, it was 2012 forward J.P. Tokoto from Menomonee Falls, who committed to North Carolina earlier this year.
Koenig is expected to announce his decision soon, so both teams can move on from the decision and it gives the team who misses out a chance to go after other prospects.
Kyle Washington, a 6-9 power forward from Minnesota, was offered a scholarship as part of the 2013 recruiting class. Washington went to the same high school that produced current Wisconsin star Jordan Taylor.
Washington is very long and athletic, which helps him as he is a great shot blocker. He has lots of potential, but may need to redshirt his freshman year to build up strength to help him compete in the Big Ten.
Arizona, Wake Forest, Xavier, Penn State, Notre Dame and Connecticut all have interest in Washington as well.
The Badgers also have a visit scheduled Oct. 1 for Ankeny, Iowa, power forward Ted Friedman.Wisconsin has also offered a scholarship to both guard/forward Semi Ojeleye from Ottawa, Kan. and point guard Geno Thorpe from Pittsburgh.
Ojeleye has visited Wisconsin already and has been compared by some to former Wisconsin standout Alando Tucker.
His athletecism is his biggest strength. He also is a tough player with loads of potential. He is a four-star on both Rivals and Scout.
He also has offers from Kansas State, Marquette and Missouri. Stanford, Oregon and Clemson are also interested.
The athletic Thorpe has said really likes Wisconsin and the Badgers are one of his favorites as of right now.
Thorpe also has offers from Kansas State, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. He is right now a three-star recruit on Rivals. He had an impressive summer playing for the NJ Playaz in the AAU Circuit.
To try and get a start on the 2014 class, guard Riley Lachance will be in Madison Oct. 1 for the Nebraska game, taking an unofficial visit.
Wisconsin has one more scholarship remaining for the 2012 class, but may roll the scholarship over to the 2013 class where the Badgers have a ton of options. At this point, Wisconsin has three scholarships available for both the 2013 and 2014 classes, but if they roll the remaining scholarship of the 2012 class like I expect them to do, they will have four scholarships available for the 2013 class.
A lot of things can go on between now and the time these recruits sign, but Wisconsin looks to be in a good spot to have some solid recruiting classes in the coming years.