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 Guard Leaves the Program
It was perhaps the worst-kept secret of the entire offseason for the Wisconsin basketball program, but former Wake Forest transfer Jahcobi Neath officially announced he would not be returning to the program next season.
Neath was an intriguing athlete that was always on the cusp of becoming a contributor for Greg Gard. Still, injuries kept him off the court, and he’ll now return home to Canada to continue his rehabilitation process.
“The last two years as a Wisconsin Badger have been a world-class experience,” he posted on social media. “The relationships I have made at this University have been special, and I am forever grateful and thankful for everyone who played a role in my time at UW-Madison…Due to multiple injuries I have suffered within the past two years, I believe it is in my best interest to return to Canada and continue my rehab, education and athletics closer to home.”
In any case, Neath appeared in 26 games for the Wisconsin basketball program with one start. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 1.5 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 0.3 assists in 9.7 minutes per game.
Wisconsin Basketball Reaches Out to Transfer Portal Guard
Earlier this week, 24/7 High School Hoops reported that Kansas City transfer RayQuawndis Mitchell, who recently entered the portal, has heard from a long list of teams that includes the Wisconsin basketball program.
Mitchell, a Minnesota native, averaged a career-best 17.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game for the Roos this past season en route to earning second-team All-Summit League honors.
At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, he’s a pure volume scorer that could step in and offer some punch off the bench at the Power 5 level. He took over 14 shots per game but got to the charity stripe six times per contest, where he shot 83.5%.
Texas Tech, LSU, Oklahoma, Penn State, Memphis, Butler, BYU, Utah State, South Florida, and several others are also in the mix.
It’s clear that Wisconsin is still searching the portal for some scoring and veteran depth.
Other Wisconsin Basketball News
The first two live evaluation periods of the summer gave Greg Gard and the Wisconsin basketball coaching staff a chance to get a closer look at some of the top prospects in the country.
After being ultra-conservative in handing out 2025 offers, the Badgers have started zeroing in on some intriguing talents.
Here’s a look at the three players UW recently offered:
Wisconsin extended an offer to Heritage Hills (Ind.) 2025 four-star forward Trent Sisley.
Blessed to receive an offer from the University of Wisconsin. Thanks to Coach Gard for the opportunity! pic.twitter.com/xatKWOJgpw
— Trent Sisley (@SisleyTrent) May 1, 2023
Sisley has been on the coaching staff’s radar for well over a year and runs with the Indy Heat 17U team on the AAU circuit.
During his sophomore season, the 6-foot-7 forward averaged 26.3 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.4 blocks, and 1.6 steals per game on 65% shooting from the field, according to MaxPreps.
As a result, the 247Sports Composite has him rated as the No. 41 overall prospect in the 2025 recruiting class, the No. 7 PF in the country, and the No. 2 player in Indiana.
Next was Fishers (Ind.) 2025 five-star combo guard Jalen Haralson, who received a scholarship offer of his own from the Badgers.
After a great conversation, I am blessed to receive a Division 1 offer from the University of Wisconsin. Thanks to Coach Gard for this opportunity! pic.twitter.com/ulAzKDIeWF
— Jalen Haralson (@JalenHaralson3) May 1, 2023
During his sophomore season at Fishers High School, the 6-foot-7 guard averaged 23.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.1 steals per game on 53% shooting from the field, according to MaxPreps.
As a result, the 247Sports Composite has him rated as the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2025 recruiting class, the No. 1 CG in the country, and the No. 1 player in Indiana.
Finally, just one day after Greg Gard and the Wisconsin basketball coaching staff made offers to Indy Heat 17U standouts Trent Sisley and Jalen Haralson, the Badgers offered a scholarship to Earlinger (KY.) 2025 forward EJ Walker.
I want to thank @GregGard for believing in me and extending me a scholarship offer to play at Wisconsin. @coachreef @VerbalCommits @BradBealElite @stockrisers @NextUpRecruits @Rivals @DushawnLondon1 pic.twitter.com/P3NXCbJQMi
— EJ Walker (@ejwalker_) May 2, 2023
Walker, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward that plays with Brad Beal Elite 16U, is already planning on taking an unofficial visit to Madison sometime in June.
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