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What to Know: Wisconsin Lands Commitment from 2025 SG Zach Kinziger

Wisconsin basketball has earned its first verbal commitment of the 2025 recruiting class from an in-state product.



Wisconsin Badgers Men's Basketball Commit Zach Kinziger
De Pere High School's Zach Kinziger (4) shoots a free throw against Arrowhead High School during the WIAA Division 1 boys basketball state championship game on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. De Pere won the game, 69-49, to finish the season a perfect 30-0.Tork Mason/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Gpg De Pere Vs Arrowhead State Bb Champ 031823 112 Ttm

Madison, Wis. — After Wisconsin basketball held their annual advanced camp this summer, Greg Gard and his coaching staff pulled the trigger and offered 2025 in-state combo-guard Zach Kinziger. Shortly after, the Badgers secured a commitment from one of their top in-state talents. 

Kinziger, a three-star shooting guard out of De Pere (WI.), announced his commitment to the University of Wisconsin on social media over scholarship offers from Cal Poly, Illinois State, Toledo, and UW-Green Bay.

“Wisconsin has been my dream school ever since I was a little kid,” Kinziger said.

“Playing at the highest level in my home state in front of 17,000 is hard to beat. I love the coaching staff, the culture, and their tradition of winning. I feel like it is a perfect fit for me, and it checks off all the boxes for me when choosing a school.”

According to PrepHoops, the 6-foot-3 CG is the No. 4 prospect in the 2025 in-state recruiting class and is the Wisconsin basketball program’s first homegrown high school talent to commit since 2020.

What Zach Kinziger Brings to the Wisconsin Basketball Program 

It’s always a bonus when Wisconsin basketball can lock up a player’s recruitment early in the process, and the recent addition of Zach Kinziger is just a little sweeter when you consider the fit stylistically connected with his in-state ties.

Kinziger averaged 15.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game while shooting an impressive 43% from beyond the arc as a sophomore for the De Pere Redbirds.

Although he is slightly undersized for the position, Kinziger plays the game with all the intangibles you look for at the division one level. The Wisconsin native is a score-first guard that can shoot it from beyond the arc and has a high IQ to pair with the type of work ethic coaches love to see.

Defensively, he’s your prototypical Badgers wing — he will get on the floor diving after loose balls, do the dirty work when necessary, and bring energy until the clock hits zero. Kinziger is a scrappy and willing defender who can shoot the lights out from beyond the arc and has the tools to succeed in the Wisconsin basketball program

In Kinziger, coach Gard locked up a player who has a floor of becoming an effective glue guy that will help you win basketball games; and a ceiling of a combo guard that can get you buckets and score double digits a night.

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