What The Future Holds: Forward

Senior – Aleem Ford

Aleem Ford is a tweener forward for the Badgers. Aleem improved his game drastically during his Junior season. Aleem provides Greg Gard with plenty of lineup options, and could be a bit of a matchup nightmare. If Gard wants to go big, Ford is more than capable of playing out on the wing. Likewise, against teams that play small he’s plenty comfortable playing the “4” as he did most of last season. Ford is a nice complimentary scoring option with a good outside game. I would like to see Ford get more aggressive and make plays at the rim against smaller defenders. Last season Ford also became a more sound defender and willing rebounder. The last step we’re looking to see with Ford is confidence and consistency. 

Sophomore – Tyler Wahl 

To put it simply, Tyler Wahl may never be the best player on the Badgers, but he could easily become the most important. Tyler Wahl’s game is unique and if I had to compare him, it would be somewhere between Sam Dekker and Josh Gasser (yes I know these are very different players). He possesses the quick twitch and instincts that Dekker had, but plays with the grit willingness to do the dirty work that Josh Gasser did. Tyler Wahl’s jump shot still needs some work to elevate his offensive game and stretch the floor. What Tyler Wahl is going to be able to bring to the program can’t be understated, he’ll be a four year contributor. I view Wahl as a foundational piece to the program and a player with a high floor/high ceiling if he can improve his jumper. 

Freshman (Walk-on) – Carter Gilmore

Carter Gilmore is a point-forward from Arrowhead and a bit of an in state darling.  Gilmore is capable of playing either the 3 or the 4 for Greg Gard. Athletically he may have some limitations and adding weight is going to be a must, but to land a player of his caliber as a walk-on is going to do nothing but help the depth of the program. Gilmore is a tough player with a high basketball IQ. Don’t be surprised to see Gilmore log minutes by year 2 or 3 in the program. Gilmore is definitely good enough to earn a scholarship at some point. Worst case scenario you have a kid who will bleed red and white while providing great depth. 

2021 – Matthew Mors

Matthew Mors is a player that I absolutely love for this program moving forward, and an absolute home-run for Greg Gard. Mors fits the bill as a polished player that can play either forward spot. Already an above average athlete, Mors has an advanced offensive game that’ll be a seamless fit into Greg Gard’s system. The Yankton native can really explode at the rim when he’s moving downhill. Mors should be able to provide minutes as a true freshman, and could very well end up being a cornerstone type of player for this program moving forward. It’s possible Wisconsin views Mors as more of a 3 but either way I think his game will fit just fine wherever they’re able to find him minutes. I view Mors as a good to great player for UW and a no doubt 4 year contributor. With the scoring chops he already possesses, Mors is someone I could see as an All-Big Ten performer before he graduates. 

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