Baby Badgers: Hoops Recruiting Update

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As Badger fans continue to battle through the drag that is the off-season, there's one thing that often satisfies their Sports cravings; the future. We as Sports fans love to check on the players who will be sporting the uniforms of our favorite teams in upcoming seasons. 

Madtown Badgers is here to aid you in your quest to discover who will be Bo Ryan's next superstar. With help from our partners over at Badger247.com, we bring you this Badger Hoops recruiting update to check in on who will be the next generation of Wisconsin Basketball.

Here are all the players who Bo Ryan has offered a scholarship to in the classes of 2014 and 2015, including Wisconsin's one commit for the class of 2014 - Ethan Happ. All information and ratings are from Badger247 directly.

Class of 2014

  Name Pos Interest
  • Rating
  • NTL
  • POS
  • ST
 

SHOOTING GUARD (2)

Rashad Vaughn Rashad Vaughn 
Robbinsdale Cooper (Minneapolis, MN) 
Rashad Vaughn Videos
SG
6-5/203
Cool
+24 others
    • 99           5_stars.png
    • 13
    • 2
    • 2
    • 0.9962   
    • 11
    • 2
    • 2
Bryan  Alberts Bryan Alberts 
Village Christian (Sun Valley, CA)
SG
6-5/205
Warm
+4 others
    • NA
    • NA
    • NA
    • NA
    • NA
    • NA
    • NA
    • NA

SMALL FORWARD (3)

Kevon Looney 
Hamilton (Milwaukee, WI) 
Kevon Looney Videos
SF
6-9/194
Cool
+22 others
    • 99          5_stars.png
    • 9
    • 2
    • 1
    • 0.9966
    • 9
    • 1
    • 1
Paul White Paul White 
Whitney Young (Chicago, IL) 
Paul White Videos
SF
6-9/195
Cool
+22 others
    • 92          4_Stars.png
    • 79
    • 20
    • 6
    • 0.9768
    • 58
    • 18
    • 5
Ethan Happ Ethan Happ 
Rockridge (Taylor Ridge, IL)
SF
6-7/175
Wisconsin
    • 89          3_stars.png
    • 136
    • 31
    • 10
    • 0.9018
    • 139
    • 35
    • 9

POWER FORWARD (3)

Cliff Alexander Cliff Alexander 
Curie Metropolitan (Chicago, IL) 
Cliff Alexander Videos
PF
6-9/240
23 schools
    • 99          5_stars.png
    • 10
    • 3
    • 2
    • 0.9982
    • 4
    • 1
    • 2
Abdul Malik Abu Abdul Malik Abu 
Kimball Union Academy (Meriden, NH) 
Abdul Malik Abu Videos
PF
6-8/232
Cool
+29 others
    • 92          4_Stars.png
    • 71
    • 17
    • 3
    • 0.9787
    • 56
    • 10
    • 3
Michael  Finke Michael Finke 
Centennial (Champaign, IL)
PF
6-9/210
Illinois
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    • 205
    • 50
    • 15
    • 0.8951
    • 160
    • 38
    • 13

As you can tell the Badgers have Ethan Happ on board and the top targets remain Kevon Looney and Abdul Malik Abu. Both are Top 75 prospects and their recruitment is likely to go into the fall before the November signing period. Wisconsin is facing some very stiff competition for both forwards, but have had head coach Bo Ryan heavily involved in both of thesee guys' recruitment all along the way. Looney appears to be the longer shot to land of the two, but Abu is no guarantee either.

Class of 2015

Name Pos Interest
  • Rating
  • NTL
  • POS
  • ST
 

SHOOTING GUARD (3)

Charles Matthews Charles Matthews 
St. Rita (Chicago, IL) 
Charles Matthews Videos
SG
6-6/172
Cool
+14 others
    • 98          5_stars.png
    • 14
    • 3
    • 1
    • 0.9955
    • 11
    • 1
    • 1
Aaron Jordan Aaron Jordan 
Plainfield (Plainfield, IL)
SG
6-4/170
Warm
    • NA
    • NA
    • NA
    • NA
    • 0.9000
    • 111
    • 17
    • 7
Paul Turner 
Oldsmar Christian School (Oldsmar, FL)
SG
6-5/180
Warm
+4 others
    • NA
    • NA
    • NA
    • NA
    • NA
    • NA
    • NA
    • NA

POWER FORWARD (2)

Carlton Bragg Carlton Bragg 
Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland, OH) 
Carlton Bragg Videos
PF
6-8/180
Cool
+18 others
    • 98           5_stars.png
    • 11
    • 4
    • 1
    • 0.9956
    • 10
    • 4
    • 1
Henry Ellenson Henry Ellenson 
Rice Lake (Rice Lake, WI)
PF
6-9/250
Cool
+16 others
    • 94          4_Stars.png
    • 57
    • 16
    • 3
    • 0.9833
    • 42
    • 9
    • 2

CENTER (BK) (1)

Diamond Stone 
Dominican (Milwaukee, WI) 
Diamond Stone Videos
C
6-10/240
Warm
+2 others
    • 99          5_stars.png
    • 9
    • 3
    • 1
    • 0.9980
    • 7
    • 3
    • 1

In-state prospects Henry Ellenson and Diamond Stone are the top two priorities in this class, with Ellenson receiving major attention from the coaching staff. Stone has too, but his national profile keeps increasing and the likelyhood of this Top 10 player staying in-state isn't great. 

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