The 6’7 Tyler Wahl is the only scholarship freshman in the 2019 recruiting class. Wahl finished his senior season averaging 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game. Tyler chose Wisconsin over the likes of Iowa State, Minnesota, and Northwestern. Wahl is expected to contribute in the front court immediately due to his unique skill set.
Wahl was a high priority recruit for Wisconsin for a myriad of reasons. First and foremost, Wahl boasts great versatility, a trait that Greg Gard has coveted heavily on the recruiting trail. Most importantly Gard and his staff saw him as a perfect culture fit, citing his will to win and high basketball IQ as things that made him a perfect fit for the program.
Wahl’s greatest value this season will be providing minutes at both forward positions. It is no secret that Wahl possesses great defensive versatility, providing Wisconsin with a player that can guard multiple positions on the floor. Any freshman like Wahl that plays with a consistency and toughness will undoubtedly find their way onto the court.
Wahl should be able to help the offense with his ability in the dribble drive, creating opportunities for others, and his outside shooting ability. Essentially Wahl has the potential to be this teams swiss army knife off the bench, he can do a little bit of everything to help this team win. Wahl should be able to fill minutes at the 2-4 this season, a luxury of sorts for Greg Gard.
Tyler Wahl has also received high praise from both players and coaches for his ability to retain information. He is the next in line of young players that epitomize what it means to be a badger. A lot of the things that make Wahl great as a player are many of the same things that earned players like Josh Gasser and Brad Davison early playing time. He prioritizes being good at the things that don’t take talent. You’ll see Wahl diving on the floor for loose balls, sliding over to take a charge, and playing hard nosed defense.
Tyler Wahl is the new kid on the block but wants to make his presence known right away at Wisconsin. The opportunity is there, and will undoubtedly do whatever he can to earn minutes as the year goes on.