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Wisconsin Basketball Showing Interest In Dartmouth Transfer Forward



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Greg Gard and the Wisconsin basketball coaching staff didn’t waste any time contacting one of the instant-impact power forwards who entered the transfer portal earlier today.

On Monday evening, Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers reported that Wisconsin was among a long list of potential suitors that reached out to Dartmouth forward Dame Adelekun.

“Every athlete talks about the COVID pandemic, and I wanted the year back to give it a look,” Adelekun told 247Sports. “I knew my stats were good. Dartmouth was a great experience, and I received a great education, but it does not provide the biggest athletic experience I can get. I want to see what that experience can be like.”

Along with UW, Adelekun has heard from Arkansas, Ohio State, Wichita State, Boise State, Clemson, Arkansas, Seton Hall, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Rhode Island, Seton Hall, Loyola Chicago, FGCU, NC State, UNCC, and UNCG.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 blocks, and 1.0 steals on 56.3% shooting from the field this past season. 

“I am looking for a good experience through the facilities, NIL, and a winning culture,” Adelekun said. 

Wisconsin Basketball Has a Clear Need in Its Frontcourt

Dating back to the last offseason, Wisconsin had a clear need in its frontcourt following the departures of Chris Vogt (graduation) and Ben Carlson + Matthew Mors (transfer). 

However, Greg Gard could not land a viable option in the portal and instead was forced to roll the dice with former walk-on Carter Gilmore as his backup “big man” and unproven options like Markus Ilver and Chris Hodges. 

Coach Gard has already made it abundantly clear that he knows what his team needs and intends to fix this glaring hole going into 2023-24. 

If nothing else, this shows that the Wisconsin basketball program will be aggressive in the portal this offseason. 

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