Madison, Wis. — Greg Gard and the Wisconsin basketball program have their eyes on a talented 2025 guard during the live evaluation period that makes almost too much sense for the Badgers.
Mason Klabo, a point guard from North Dakota, is currently playing for Howard Pulley on the AAU circuit. His impressive performances in the past two seasons have caught the attention of some Power 5 programs.
As a sophomore, he averaged 27.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 5.3 assists on an impressive 40% shooting from beyond the arc.
“Greg Gard and his assistant [Joe Krabbenhoft] attended all my games this past weekend in Atlanta,” Klabo told BadgerNotes.
Klabo is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound guard with excellent court vision and the ability to score from anywhere on the floor. He is a true playmaker, with a keen sense of when to distribute the ball and when to take over a game himself. He has a quick first step, excellent IQ, and attacks closeouts well, allowing him to create space for himself and his teammates.
Already holding offers from North Dakota, North Dakota State, and Northern Iowa, Klabo has been on the Wisconsin basketball coaching staff’s radar since last summer when the Badgers attended several of his AAU games.
Wisconsin Basketball Has a History With Howard Pulley Recruits
Greg Gard is no stranger to recruiting top talent from the Howard Pulley AAU program, which has sent players like Jared Berggren, Brad Davison, Alex Illikainen, Joe Krabbenhoft, Jordan Taylor, Kammron Taylor, Nolan Winter, and Jack Robison to Madison.
It doesn’t hurt that UW has a strong track record of developing most of those players into meaningful contributors.
However, because of the NCAA recruiting regulations, schools can’t contact players in Klabo’s class until June, but you can bet your bottom dollar that will change once they’re first able. His game is a cookie-cutter fit for the Wisconsin basketball program.
Final Thoughts on Wisconsin Basketball + Their Interest in Mason Klabo
Gard and his staff have been closely watching Klabo’s performances on the AAU circuit for some time now, and they believe that he has the potential to be a high-level contributor at the college level.
Klabo’s blend of scoring ability, toughness on both ends of the floor, and playmaking skills make him an ideal fit for the Wisconsin basketball offensive system, which emphasizes ball movement and unselfish play.
Don’t be surprised if Wisconsin gets him on campus and extends an offer in the coming months, because he’s clearly near the top of their board for 2025 targets in the backcourt.
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