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Wisconsin Basketball News: Badgers Find New Homes, B1G Schedule Release, More



Wisconsin basketball forwards Carter Gilmore, Tyler Wahl, and Steven Crowl
Nov 23, 2022; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS; Wisconsin Badgers forward Carter Gilmore (14) and Wisconsin Badgers forward Tyler Wahl (5) and Wisconsin Badgers forward Steven Crowl (22) celebrate after the game against the Dayton Flyers at Imperial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a busy week for the Wisconsin men’s basketball program, ladies and gents, but fear not because BadgerNotes can help get you back up to speed with a roundup of some important news you may have missed. 

Ex-Wisconsin Badgers Find New Homes in the Transfer Portal  

It didn’t take long for two former (kind of) Wisconsin basketball players to land on their feet and find new homes for 2023-24. 

The first being, guard Jordan Davis, who spent three seasons with the Badgers and appeared in 75 career games, 18 of which were starts. 

He is coming off a season where he averaged 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds on 30% shooting from beyond the arc in 20.5 minutes per game. He will now look to finish his career with a more prominent role-playing for the Illinois State Redbirds in the Missouri Valley Conference. 

And the second one, if you choose to count it, is Wyoming transfer Noah Reynolds, who left the team one week after signing with the Wisconsin basketball program and decided to explore a different situation. 

In the end, Reynolds will continue his collegiate career with UW-Green Bay and reunite with his former assistant coach Sundance Wicks and older brother, who is also on the Phoenix coaching staff. 

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound, lefty combo guard averaged 14.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists on 48.1% shooting from the field in 25 minutes per game for the Cowboys this past season.

Above all, we, as Wisconsin fans, wish them well (especially Davis) because he was an easy kid to root for and did everything he could to help the Badgers win games.

Wisconsin Basketball Announces Big Ten Opponents for 2023-24

This past week, the Big Ten conference announced opponents for the 2023-24 men’s basketball season. 

Here is who Wisconsin basketball will play next season in Big Ten games:  

Home: Illinois, Maryland, and Northwestern. 

Away: Michigan, Minnesota, and Penn St. 

Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan St., Nebraska, Ohio St., Purdue, and Rutgers.

Even if Wisconsin bounces back the way many expect next season, as shown above, there are no nights off in Big Ten play.

Other Wisconsin Basketball News

Last but certainly not least, 2023 three-star power forward Nolan Winter out of Lakeville, Minnesota, shot up the Rivals updated recruiting rankings after an impressive senior season.

After not appearing on the Rivals top 150 during the last update, Winter is now up to No. 139 because of his breakout senior season where he averaged 23.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.3 blocks en route to winning the state Gatorade Player of the Year

Winter, a 6-foot-11 forward, is the latest player in the Lakeville North pipeline. He has excellent length, can stretch the floor, and has a high ceiling that Wisconsin basketball fans should be excited about.

All things considered, I wouldn’t be surprised if he pushes for playing time as a true freshman because of UW’s need for help in the frontcourt and the skill set he brings to the table.

Eventually, I see Winter as a key player Wisconsin can build around if he develops. He was undeniably a big recruiting win for Greg Gard and his staff.

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