Madison, Wis. — Greg Gard and the Wisconsin basketball coaching staff have been in contact with another mid-major player who recently entered the transfer portal—but this time, they have in-state ties.
On Wednesday afternoon, Trent Markwith, owner of Relentless Hoops, reported that Wisconsin was among the teams that expressed interest in Wofford transfer Jackson Paveletzke.
Along with UW, Gonzaga, Virginia, Ohio State, Illinois, Penn State, Iowa State, Stanford, Georgia, Clemson, USC, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, LSU, Minnesota, Missouri, and several other schools have reached out.
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Kimberly, Wisconsin, was the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year this past season, averaging 15.1 points, 3.7 assists, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.8 steals on 49.3% shooting from the field and 39.3% from beyond the arc.
Paveletzke started all 33 games for the Terriers this past season and finished with double-digit points in Woffords final 14 games. The Wisconsin native will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Why Jackson Paveletzke Makes Sense for Wisconsin Basketball
Jackson Paveletzke would be a no-brainer addition to the Wisconsin basketball program if they could find a way to bring him home.
While slightly undersized, I’ve always said if he was two inches taller and 20 pounds bigger, Paveletzke was a top 100 talent in the country in terms of skill. He’s a three-level scorer that plays with a suddenness and killer instinct you simply cannot teach.
He can play either guard spot and, in my opinion, would slot into immediate minutes for the Badgers. The downside is Paveletzke has no shortage of suitors, so securing his services will be challenging.
Take this with a grain of salt, but a source told me that the Wofford transfer prefers a small campus feel and that he never felt that Greg Gard wanted him back when he camped with the Wisconsin basketball program in high school.
This recruitment is worth keeping an eye on because the juice here is certainly worth the squeeze.
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