The future of the Wisconsin Basketball program will largely be in the hands of the 2020 class. These will be the core players tasked with making sure the Badgers don’t skip a beat when Wisconsin graduates 38% of their roster after the 2021 season. Thankfully for Badger fans its a class that projects to be both in quality and quantity. I know Greg Gard has received plenty criticism for his efforts on the recruiting trail (I don’t share these concerns), but this class has a lot of potential and versatility that fans should be excited about.
Ben Carlson 4* PF
Carlson is arguably the biggest get for the 2020 recruiting cycle. Carlson is going to be filling a massive need in the post for Wisconsin who are only two years away from graduating Nate Ruevers, Micah Potter, and Aleem Ford. Carlson fits the mold of many Badger big men before him. Carlson doesn’t have many holes offensively. Carlson has the ability to shoot from deep, with a quick and smooth release. Carlson also has good footwork around the rim, and is a solid finisher around the hoop for a player at this stage in his development. Like most high school prospects Carlson will need to add weight to his slender frame and improve defensively. If he’s able to do both of these things Carlson has a chance to be Wisconsin’s go to big man for the foreseeable future.
Jonathan Davis 3* G
The Lacrosse native is a terrific in state prospect. Jonathan Davis is a relentless defender (think Michael Flowers) and a great athlete, this will undoubtedly lead to early playing time. Davis’s most impressive skill-set is his ability to get to the basket, something that Wisconsin doesn’t always prioritize on the recruiting trail. His ability to create for himself and play stingy defense lead me to believe he will get minutes as a true freshman, possibly taking some of the minutes vacated by Brevin Pritzl. Jonathan Davis will help this team in myriad ways.
Lorne Bowman 3* PG
Bowman has both the ability to shoot from three as well as the athleticism and playmaking ability to create on his own. I believe Bowman has the potential to be a lead guard for the Badgers moving forward and if he’s able to redshirt his first year on campus both Trice and Anderson will be graduating and could open up significant opportunity for the Detroit native in year two. I’m of the opinion that Bowman will be a complete player for Wisconsin and one that can be leaned on as a scorer/contributor early in his career.
Steven Crowl 3* C
Steven Crowl is yet another nice player out of Minnesota. Crowl projects as a prototypical Wisconsin big man. Crowl has a soft touch around the rim and a smooth release from beyond the arc. Crowl will need some time to put on weight and improve his footwork before he’s ready to contribute but has all the tools to succeed at Wisconsin. Once he’s put on weight I see him as a better fit than Joe Hedstrom as a floor spacing big. Crowl isn’t someone I see as a go to scorer but definitely someone who can be a great fit schematically and offer enough offensively to keep teams honest. Crowl’s development will be important for Wisconsin.
Jordan Davis 3* G/F
Brother of Jonathan Davis, Jordan is a D1 prospect in his own right. Jordan had scholarship offers from both UW Green Bay, and UW Milwaukee. Jordan has a skill-set that could prove useful during his time at Wisconsin. Jordan Davis projects to be more of a 3 and D prospect which provides a unique value for any program. Jordan will need more time than his brother to develop into a contributor for this program, but anyone who can play strong defense and offer spacing on the floor has a chance to see minutes at some point. Davis could end up being a solid role player for Wisconsin before his career is over.
Carter Gilmore F – Walk on
Gilmore isn’t your average Walk-On. Gilmore had scholarship offers from 7 D1 schools before ultimately deciding to follow his heart and fulfill his dream of playing at Wisconsin. Gilmore is a versatile forward that has the ability to play either forward spot and with added size might be talented enough down the road to see the floor.