Wisconsin basketball finally has something real to smile about after losing five of their last seven conference games.
Following the dramatic victory over the No. 9 Michigan State Spartans on Sunday the Badgers find themselves ranked once again. Wisconsin has jumped up to No. 21 in the newest AP Poll.
I refuse to call any win at the Kohl Center by the Badgers an upset. Yet, the win over the Spartans was certainly surprising given how Wisconsin had played in the previous three weeks. Not to mention, the Badgers had dropped five straight games to their rival from East Lansing.
But the victory over the Spartans in itself and subsequently getting back into the AP Top-25 isn’t the only reason why Wisconsin, and its fans, should be smiling.
A string of bad weather lead to numerous visits by big recruits to be cancelled. As a result, multiple big recruits had to come to the game versus the Spartans. That’s a lot of eggs in a single basket.
The Badgers delivered an exciting win over a top-10 team and the prospective Badgers got to take in the emotional atmosphere of a celebratory Kohl Center. Hopefully this memory resonates in their minds and decision making.
Now that’s something to smile about.
The Big 2015 Recruits Who Were in Attendance:
Diamond Stone: Five-Star 6-foot-10 Center from Milwaukee, WI. One of the top prospects in the entire country with offers from Arizona, Connecticut, Duke, Georgetown, Indiana, Marquette, Maryland, North Carolina, UCLA among other top schools. Landing Stone would be an amazing addition for the Wisconsin Badgers — he’s a rare game-changing talent and unquestionably the top recruit in the state of Wisconsin.
Henry Ellenson: Four-Star 6-foot-9 Power Forward from Rice Lake, WI. One of the top power forwards in the Midwest with offers from Georgetown, Indiana, Marquette, Michigan State, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas Tech and others. He plays AAU ball for D1 Minnesota. Ellenson is, of these three, the most likely to end up a Badger. At least that is what some of the experts are saying. He fits the mold of a classic Wisconsin big man. Think in the mold of Brian Butch.
Jarvis Johnson: Four-Star 6-foot-1 Point Guard from Minneapolis, MN. A highly-coveted play-maker with offers from Creighton, Marquette, Minnesota, UCLA and more. He plays his AAU ball with the Howard Pulley Panthers, hopefully the Badgers snag him. Bo Ryan develops point guards with the best of them. Some thought Johnson was a lock to go to Minnesota but he said, “it was crazy” in reference to the trip to Madison on Sunday. As he gave the visit to the Badgers a 10/10.
These three players all got to see Traevon Jackson hit the game-winner for the Badgers, sending the No. 9 Michigan State Spartans home licking their wounds.
There could not have been a better situation than these three players witnessing a high-profile win at the Kohl Center over a rival (especially how Ellenson has already been offered by MSU).
Imagine if at least two of these prospects end up in Madison for their college careers. That’s an exciting thought and Badgers fans should be feeling great about their chances to find success with these prospects.
Keep checking back with Badger of Honor to hear the latest news about these prospects and the rest of the 2015 men’s basketball recruiting class.
Here are the links to their 247Sports Profiles: Diamond Stone, Henry Ellenson and Jarvis Johnson. There you can find a lot of information on each player including where the experts are predicting they will end up.