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Wisconsin Women’s Basketball Adds Spanish Point Guard to 2024 Recruiting Class

The Badgers have added to their 2024 recruiting class.



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The Wisconsin Badgers women’s basketball team ended June with (I presume) their final addition to the 2024-25 roster. Alba Martín Mesa, a point guard from Spain, was announced as the fourth member of Marisa Moseley’s 2024 recruiting class last Wednesday. Based on the URL of UW’s release, Martín Mesa will be a walk-on.

Alba Martín Mesa Fast Facts

  • Height: 5-foot-6
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Number: 9
  • Class: 2024
  • Hometown: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
  • High School: ÍES Pérez Galdós
  • Club Team: SPAR Gran Canaria

Alba Martín Mesa Stats

  • 14 points per game
  • 6 assists per game
  • 3 steals per game
  • These stats are all from UW’s release. I couldn’t find any more online.

“A native of the Canary Islands, Alba Martín Mesa comes to Madison having represented her country at every level from the age of 12,” Moseley said in UW’s release. “A floor general and skilled passer, Alba will be a great addition to our backcourt. I am excited to have another player with vision and play making abilities to help take our program to the next level.”

This is the second straight season that the Badgers have brought a Spanish player to Madison. Forward Ana Guillen (Badalona, Spain) played a limited bench role for UW last year but transferred to Yale in the offseason. Martín Mesa was helped in her journey from Spain to America by Elite Sports Academy, a group in Spain that has helped dozens of players secure college basketball spots.

Martín Mesa joins freshmen Gracie Grzesk (5-foot-11, forward, Green Bay, Wis.), Alie Bisballe (6-foot-4, forward, Lake City, Mich.), and Reese Jaramillo (5-foot-8, guard, Racine, Wis.) in the 2024 class, as well as transfers Tess Myers (grad student, 5-foot–9, guard, Duquesne) and Carter McCray (sophomore, 6-foot-1, center, Northern Kentucky) as new players for the Badgers this season.


Scouting Report

There isn’t a ton of film I could find on Martín Mesa, but what little I saw was promising. She appears to be a point guard in the classic “pass first” mold but who can shoot, and score, when needed. The way she immediately looks up after hauling in a defensive rebound warmed my cold, dead heart. Her first time hitting D’Yanis Jimenez streaking down the court for a fastbreak layup is going to be a joyous occasion for me.

Her instincts on defense seem solid and her shooting stroke is compact and repeatable with a high follow through. Having Martín Mesa, a true point guard, on the roster could prove valuable to keep Ronnie Porter more fresh throughout the season. Moseley hasn’t shown a ton of willingness to play freshmen extended minutes, but if Martín Mesa proves herself during fall practice she could see the court early.

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Drew Hamm is a seasoned sports journalist with an extensive background in covering the Wisconsin Badgers. He has previously held positions as the site manager at Bucky's 5th Quarter and founder of Badgers Ball Knower. Currently, he contributes as a staff writer for