Ryan announces incoming recruits

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWisconsin men’s head basketball coach Bo Ryan announced thesigning of four high school seniors to national letters of intent Wednesday.Unlike recent years in which Ryan and his staff have heavilyrecruited and signed players from around Wisconsin and neighboring states, thisyear’s class features players from Ohio and Texas, and no players from in-state.The class also addresses an impending need for interior size — Wisconsin bigmen Greg Stiemsma and Brian Butch will both run out of eligibility followingthe season — with the addition of 7-foot-1 center Ian Markolf and 6-foot-10center Jared Berggren.Markolf, from San Antonio’s Churchill High School, wasrecruited by the likes of Indiana, Auburn and Baylor before selectingWisconsin. The 2007 preseason All-State selection averaged 13 points and 8.5rebounds per game last season.”He is only touchingthe tip of the iceberg in terms of the type of player he can be in the future,”Ryan said in a release Wednesday. “He has tremendous size and brings a truelow-post presence to the future of Wisconsin basketball. He is quite agile forhis size, can rebound the basketball very well and is continually improving hisexpansion of his offensive game.”Berggren is the mosthighly-touted recruit in the class, rated by Rivals.com as the 11th-best centerin the nation and No. 58 recruit overall. The Princeton, Minn., native rackedup 21 points and 12 rebounds per game while blocking 150 shots to earn honorablemention All-State honors last season.”The first time wesaw him in our team camp following his sophomore year he showed all the littlethings we look for in young players,” Ryan said. “He understands the game,passes well, can play either front line position and has developed hisperimeter shooting to accompany his low post and rebounding abilities.”Joining the two bigmen are a pair of guards.Jordan Taylor, a6-foot-1 point guard from Bloomington, Minn. (Benilde-St. Margaret’s HS),finished last season averaging 19.5 points, 6.5 assists and 5.2 rebounds pergame. Benilde-St. Margaret’s was the Minnesota Class AAA state runner up.”Jordan has wantedto be a Wisconsin Badger for a long time and has put in a lot of hard work andeffort to work toward that goal,” Ryan said. “He has a presence and moxie abouthim that Wisconsin fans around the country will enjoy watching develop duringhis career as a Badger.”The final piece tothe class is 6-foot-4 Robert Wilson. The Garfield Heights, Ohio, seniorfinished last season averaging 17 points per game. Wilson started garneringmore high-profile recruiting attention during the spring and early summer,drawing interest from teams that included Ohio State.”We had identifiedRob as a player with tremendous potential two years ago and it has been greatto see him blossom into one of the nation’s better players,” Ryan said.last_img