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.
Wisconsin Badgers Transfer Re-Opens Recruitment
The Peoria, Illinois native took to Twitter to announce his de-commitment on Wednesday evening, stating, “After consulting with friends and family, I have decided that it is no longer in my best interest to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Thank you to Coach Gard and the rest of the staff, but I will be reopening my recruitment.”
After consulting with friends and family I have decided that it is no longer in my best interest to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Thank you to Coach Gard and the rest of the staff but I will be reopening my recruitment. #respectmydecision
— Noah Reynolds (@noahreynolds21) April 19, 2023
Reynolds, a 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 this past season for the Cowboys.
Wisconsin men’s basketball wanted a scoring guard with size and playmaking ability to spell Hepburn and the other guards without sacrificing offense. Now, they’re heading back into the portal to find another.
With two years of eligibility remaining, Reynolds shooting, slashing, and ability to play out the pick & roll will be an asset wherever he lands.
Wisconsin Basketball Has a New Transfer Portal Target
Greg Gard and the Wisconsin basketball program are still in the market for another transfer portal addition in the frontcourt.
A source indicated that the Badgers are one of the teams that reached out to Northwestern big man Robbie Beran who recently entered the portal.
The 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward was recruited by the Badgers coming out of high school and already has a solid relationship with the coaching staff. Last season, Beran averaged 7.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks while shooting 34.5% from beyond the arc in 25 minutes per game.
Beran, a Virginia native, has 120 games of collegiate experience and would make a ton of sense for UW. That said, he might be looking for an expanded role, which could make Wisconsin a tough sell with Steven Crowl and Tyler Wahl coming back in 2023-24.
I’d keep an eye on this one.
Other Wisconsin Basketball News
It’s still a way down the road, but a name the Wisconsin basketball coaching staff likes in the 2026 class is guard Marcus Johnson from Cleveland, Ohio.
According to his Instagram, Johnson already holds offers from Seton Hall, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Alabama, West Virginia, Cincinnati, and several other schools.
The 6-foot-1 point guard is one of the top talents in his class, so Wisconsin basketball will have an uphill battle if they throw their hat into the mix, considering how many schools are involved here.
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