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Wisconsin Basketball Showing Interest in a 2024 Sharpshooter



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Wisconsin basketball is the latest Power 5 school showing interest in 2024 three-star shooting guard Cole Certa out of Bloomington, Illinois.

Certa, who runs with the Illinois Wolves on the AAU circuit, currently holds offers from Bradley, Illinois State, Drake, Southern Illinois, Loyola Northwestern, Penn State, and Rice.

The 6-foot-4 shooting guard is also hearing from Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma, Butler, Wake Forest, and Virginia Tech as well.

“Coach [Dean] Oliver is recruiting me; he came to my game on Friday night,” Certa told BadgerNotes. “I’ve watched UW basketball all my life and love how they play. They [Wisconsin] play hard and do it the right way – I’ve seen them have a lot of success with guys who have a similar game to mine.”

According to 247Sports, Certa is the No. 36 SG in the country and the No. 7 player in Illinois.

Right now, things are still in the infant stages between Certa and the Wisconsin basketball program. Still, he plans to visit the school sometime this year, possibly within the next month, to become better acquainted and get to know the coaching staff.

Scouting Report

Certa, a standout at Central Catholic High School, is what I’d classify as a combo guard, and he’s quickly making a name for himself as one of the top shooters in the Midwest.

The Illinois native has also made significant strides as a passer/facilitator. Certa’s selfless style of play, coupled with his shooting stroke, make him a no-brainer for Wisconsin basketball to continue monitoring.

Where the Wisconsin Basketball 2024 Recruiting Class Stands

As it stands, Wisconsin basketball has one player committed (three-star wing Jack Robison) in the 2024 recruiting cycle.

Greg Gard also has offers out to several high-priority targets, such as Daniel Freitag, Kon Knueppel, Jackson McAndrew, Nick Janowski, and several others. With Wisconsin basketball in wait-and-see mode, no new offers appear to be on the horizon – at least in the short-term.

However, it makes sense to begin casting a wider net and building a relationship with a player like Cole Certa. He’ll be an intriguing name to watch in the coming months.

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