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Wisconsin Basketball Transfer Portal Target Receives ACC Crystal Ball

The Badgers may have to continue their search for another big man.

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The University of Wisconsin basketball program is looking to add one final scholarship player from the transfer portal this offseason, though Georgia center Frank Anselem-Ibe appears unlikely to fill that spot.

247Sports recruiting insider Cory Smith has placed a Crystal Ball Prediction for Anselem-Ibe to join forces with former Wisconsin Badgers point guard Chucky Hepburn at Louisville under head coach Pat Kelsey. 

Wisconsin basketball initially made the top four for the transfer center alongside NC State, Georgia Tech, and also Louisville. 

Anselem-Ibe entered the transfer portal on April 30 after two seasons at Georgia, having begun his collegiate career at Syracuse. He was considered a four-star recruit in the class of 2020, ranked as the No. 26 center nationally and the No. 18 recruit from Georgia.

During the 2023-24 season, the 6-foot-10 big man appeared in 37 games, averaging 2.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.3 assists, and 0.7 blocks per contest with the Bulldogs in just over nine minutes a game.

Currently, 247Sports rates him as a three-star transfer, placing him 369th overall in the transfer portal and as the No. 52 center.

If Anselem-Ibe chooses Louisville, Wisconsin basketball head coach Greg Gard will have to go back to the drawing board and find someone else to fill the Badgers’ need for frontcourt depth. Another center target, Noah Boyed, committed to LSU despite taking an official visit to Madison. 

Steven Crowl and Nolan Winter give the team a great pairing at center, but Chris Hodges isn’t someone you can count on at this point, and if there’s an option to do better than Carter Gilmore, that’s worth exploring.

Gus Yalden entered the transfer portal this offseason, and there are no incoming frontcourt players in the 2024 recruiting class, so finding another option to compete for spot minutes in the Badgers rotation will be crucial heading into next season. 



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