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Wisconsin Basketball: In-State Recruits Notable AAU Transition Adds a Twist

In-state recruiting for Wisconsin Basketball just got a whole lot more convenient.



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Mar 1, 2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; A Wisconsin Badgers cheerleader takes the "W" flag across the court before the game with the Purdue Boilermakers at the Kohl Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Gard and the Wisconsin Badgers basketball coaching staff are in deep with multiple 2025 in-state recruits. One player in particular that the Badgers coaches feel is a perfect fit for their system is Middleton big man Will Garlock — who plays just 12 miles away from The Kohl Center.

UW offered the 6-foot-11 center in July, joining an offer list that now includes Marquette, Penn State, and Virginia Tech. Iowa, Purdue, and Virginia have also been in contact.

But last night, it was announced on social media that Garlock, formerly of the Wisconsin Playground Club, would join Team Herro of the Nike EYBL.

The decision to join Team Herro may appear inconsequential at first glance, but it significantly streamlines the recruiting process for the Wisconsin basketball coaching staff.

Wisconsin Basketball Coaching Staff Will Be Courtside for Plenty of Team Herro’s Games Next Summer

It’s still early in the recruiting cycle, but the Wisconsin Badgers Basketball coaches are heavily pursuing 2025 in-state talent. As it stands, Greg Gard has offered scholarships to 10 players — with six of those going out to prospects from Americas Dairyland.

With Will Garlock’s recent decision to join Team Herro, he officially joins forces with Wisconsin Badgers commit Zach Kinziger and newly offered forward Xzavion Mitchell.

Having all three in-state recruits, each of whom is very much in play for Wisconsin basketball, housed within the same program presents a unique opportunity. It allows a committed Badgers prospect to communicate with them directly and offers the chance to be present court-side, streamlining recruiting efforts and evaluations.

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