Ben Carlson is arguably the biggest recruiting win for what was already an impressive 2020 recruiting cycle. Carlson is going to be filling a massive need in the post for Wisconsin who is only two years away from graduating Nate Reuvers, Micah Potter, and Aleem Ford. Carlson fits the mold of many Badger big men before him, providing tremendous versatility and upside.
Carlson, a senior forward standing at 6’9 is a highly touted national prospect. A consensus 4-star recruit on all reputable recruiting services. Carlson held scholarship offers from Ohio State, Minnesota, Purdue, Northwestern, Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, Xavier, Stanford, Colorado and a few others.
What will Ben Carlson bring to the Wisconsin program? He’ll bring the ability to score out of the post and also facing the basket, with range extending to the three-point line. Carlson also has good footwork in the post, and is a solid finisher around the hoop. This type of versatility is what makes Carlson such a perfect fit for the system currently in place. Like most high school prospects Carlson will need to add size and strength, if he’s able to do that Ben Carlson will be someone the Badgers lean on early in his career and will be counting on him to be a key cog in the program for many years thereafter.
Ben was kind enough to give Badger fans wanting to know more a look inside what he’ll be bringing to the program.
Q: What do you believe is your greatest asset you’ll bring to the Badgers?
A: I think the most important thing I’ll bring to the Badgers is versatility, as I can do a little bit of everything on the floor.
Q: What would you say is the strongest facet of your game at this point in your development, and what do you think needs the most work?
A: Right now, I think the strongest parts of my game are attacking the rim and rebounding. I have worked on my three point shot a lot and I have improved in that area a lot over the past couple months.
Q: What player do you most closely model your game after?
A: I think my game is similar to Gordon Hayward, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Kevin Love. I think I have similarities to all three of them in my game.
Q: Do you feel like a weight has been lifted now that you’ve made your commitment?
A: It was definitely a lot pressure towards the end of the process and it is a relief to have it over with but I am very thankful for all the opportunities that I had.
Q: What goals do you have for this upcoming season both individual/team?
A: My goal is to make it back to the state tournament, and I want to continue to improve my skills to get ready for college.
Q: What were the things that stood out most with Coach Gard and his staff that sold you on coming to Wisconsin?
A: Wisconsin was the first school to ever contact me, and they never wavered in their message to me. They were always honest and straight forward with me and that is what I want in a coaching staff.
Q: What are your hobbies outside of basketball?
A: I like to sell shoes in my free time and hang out with my siblings and friends.
Q: What do you plan to study at UW?
A: I’m not 100% sure yet but I am leaning towards something in business as of now
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