Madison, Wis. — Greg Gard and the Wisconsin basketball program have been in a dogfight on the recruiting trail this summer. After landing 2024 four-star point guard Daniel Freitag — all attention turned to five-star shooting guard Kon Knueppel and four-star forward Jackson McAndrew.
On Monday afternoon, the Badgers found themselves one step closer to landing one of the big fish they were after. According to a report from Joe Tipton of On3, McAndrew is down to four schools. Moving forward, the Minnesota native is focusing on Creighton, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, and Xavier — and also that a commitment is coming in the next two weeks.
It’s worth noting that the 6-foot-9 forward has taken official visits to all the schools mentioned above and recently made a return trip to Madison for an unofficial visit with a close friend and Howard Pulley teammate.
“We have a great friendship,” McAndrew said regarding his relationship with Badgers commit/AAU teammate Daniel Freitag. “So it is definitely a factor that I will take into account.”
Wisconsin Basketball Makes the Cut for 2024 4-Star Forward Jackson McAndrew.
The Jackson McAndrew announcement is huge news for Greg Gard and the Wisconsin basketball program. Not only is Daniel Freitag already committed in the 2024 cycle, but so is his other AAU teammate Jack Robison.
Per 247Sports, he’s the No. 89 overall prospect in the 2024 recruiting class, the No. 17 PF in the country, and the No. 1 player in Minnesota.
Take this for what it’s worth, but a trusted source told me a while back that his recent visit put Wisconsin in the driver’s seat in his recruitment. It’s also encouraging that he cut down his list of schools despite some of the country’s top programs expressing interest after a big summer on the AAU circuit.
McAndrew is a lethal shooting stretch four that any program would love to have in the fold — especially Wisconsin basketball. He can flat-out shoot the rock from anywhere on the floor with a quick, repeatable release and is among the best in the country, regardless of position.
McAndrew matured a great deal physically in the last year, and with that came improvements as a positional rebounder and rim protector. He also runs the floor exceptionally well for a forward of his size and made strides in taking defenders off the dribble. His post-game still has holes, but McAndrew has added several tools to his bag that make him difficult to defend.
“Wisconsin envisions me being a versatile piece playing multiple forward positions,” McAndrew told BadgerNotes. “They [UW] really like my skillset and the versatility I bring.”
If UW can land McAndrew in the 2024 class — even if the Badgers don’t get Kon Knueppel, this will still be one of the best recruiting classes in program history. I can’t wait for decision day.
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