#3 – Brandon Angel
Hometown: Encinitas, CA
Other offers: California, Stanford, Utah, Washington State, Boston University, Cal State-Fullerton, and Hawaii, among others
The newest addition to Wisconsin’s board, the staff extended a surprise offer to Angel earlier this week. His name seemingly popping up out of nowhere, the 6’7 forward definitely was not on any radars throughout Badger Nation. Apparently, the Badgers watched Angel earlier in July at the Adidas Championships on the AAU circuit and at the NCAA Basketball Academy and came away impressed.
As with Key, Angel’s stock is on the rise and his recruitment has become increasingly competitive over the summer. All of his high-major offers have come since the end of June, with the majority coming just this past week (Stanford, Wisconsin, and Utah).
The Cardinal quickly gained a 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction in their favor for Angel after offering on Saturday, and while I’d certainly expect them to remain a factor in his recruitment given the proximity to home and the school’s academic prowess, this thing is likely far from over with his offer list expanding by the day. At this rate, who knows what suitors will have thrown their hats in the ring even by this time next week?
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The good news for Wisconsin is that interest appears to be mutual, with Evan Flood of Badger247 reporting that the Badgers have a great chance to land a crucial official visit from Angel.
It’s easy to see why. A versatile, sweet-shooting combo forward who also boasts a 4.4 cumulative GPA in high school, at first glance, he certainly seems like a perfect fit for Wisconsin’s program. Here’s how Angel’s head coach at Torrey Pines, John Olive, describes his game:
"Brandon has an excellent feel for the game, a high basketball IQ, and with his size, to be able to shoot the ball as well as he does is a real advantage. He’s one of our main scorers, defenders and leaders. I think he has tremendous upside and would be surprised if he’s not a Division I player at some point."
If that doesn’t sound like the ideal Badger swingman, I’m not sure what does.
This was a savvy offer to a clearly underrated prospect by the coaching staff, and though he is unranked at the moment, Angel looks like the type of player who could have 4-star value for Wisconsin. Hopefully, the Badgers can lock down an official visit as expected, and I’d expect him to remain a top of the board target moving forward.