After missing on four-star forward Jackson McAndrew in the 2024 recruiting cycle, Greg Gard and the Wisconsin basketball coaching staff have officially turned their attention to finding a big man in the 2025 cycle.
Right now, the Badgers have extended scholarship offers to three-star center Daniel Jacobsen and Will Garlock from Middleton (WI.), along with four-star big man Kai Rogers from Wauwatosa (WI.), who just wrapped up an unofficial visit to Madison — per an Instagram post.
According to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite rankings, Rogers is the No. 95 overall prospect in the 2025 recruiting class, the No. 15 C in the country, and the No. 2 player in Wisconsin.
Rogers holds scholarship offers from Florida State, Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Marquette, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Texas, the University of Wisconsin, and several other Power 5 programs.
“The atmosphere is always great,” Rogers told 247Sports in a recent interview. “Basketball, football, anything really. It’s the hometown school, home state. I just like Wisconsin.”
Where Wisconsin Basketball Stands With Four-Star Center Kai Rogers
Greg Gard and the Wisconsin men’s basketball staff have remained in close contact with top 100 big man Kai Rogers throughout this process. However, some even bigger schools, like Michigan State, are beginning to circle — making this visit all the more important.
The 6-foot-10, 240-pound center is one of the country’s most versatile, high-upside centers and did an excellent job showcasing himself on the AAU circuit this summer. With his recruitment having a whole year to go, I have no doubts that some of the blue blood programs will extend scholarship offers (I’m surprised more haven’t).
And when that happens, everything I’ve heard suggests Wisconsin basketball will have a tough time landing the athletic big man. That said, during his recruitment, he’s already taken unofficial visits to Marquette, Notre Dame, Iowa State, Iowa Michigan State, and Wisconsin several times — so they’re definitely in the mix early.
Rogers can run the floor, move people in the post and finish with either hand — while also sporting an improved faceup jumper this summer. All the tools are there for him to develop into an NBA prospect. Wisconsin basketball will continue to be involved in his recruitment until the end — this will remain an important one to monitor.
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