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The "Big Fish" that got away....

Posted: 7/3/2014 10:56 PM

The "Big Fish" that got away.... 


Im compiling a list of top BB recruits from WI from the past 15 years who did not become Badgers... I realize that some of these players were not recruited by the Badgers such as Southall, Brown, Maymon and Lucious but i still included them anyways. This is all from the top of my head...no help from google, scout or rivals, etc.

1999: Reece Gaines (Madison West, Louisville); Marshall Williams (Milw. Vincent, NC State-UWGB)
2000: Scott Merritt (Tosa East, Marq.); Michael Southall (West Salem, Kentucky)
2001: Travis Diener (FDL Goodrich, Marq.)
2002: Steve Novak (Brown Deer, Marq.); Greg Brown (Milw. Vincent, ???); JR Morris (Milwaukee, Seton Hall); Dan Grunfeld (Nicolet HS, Stanford)
2005: Wesley Matthews (Mad. Memorial, Marq.)
2006: Jerry Smith (Tosa East, Louisville)
2007: Scott Christopherson (LAX Aquinas, Marq.-Iowa State); Diante Garrett (Milw. Vincent, Iowa State)
2008: Korie Lucious (Milw. Pius, Mich. St.-Iowa State); Kwamain Mitchell (WB Dominican, St. Louis)
2009: Jerron Maymon (Mad. Memorial, Marq.-Tenn.); Jamil Wilson (Racine Horlick, Oregon-Marquette)
2010: Vander Blue (Mad. Memorial, Marq.)
2011: Elgin Cook (Milw. Hamilton, Oregon)
2012: JP Tokoto (Meno Falls, North Carolina); Phillip Nolan (Milwaukee Riverside, UCONN)
2013: Duane Wilson (WB Dominican, Marq.); Deonte Burton (Milw. Vincent, Marq.); Luke Fischer (Germantown, Indiana-Marq.); Matt Thomas (Onalaska, Iowa State)
2014: Kevon Looney (Milw. Hamilton, UCLA) Sandy Cohen (Seymour, Marquette); Riley LaChance (Broofield Central, Vandy); Brady Ellingson (Sussex Hamilton-Iowa)

Did i miss anyone here?  So far - i would say Looney was the top recruit that we lost out on.....  Does anyone need to be added to this list?  Good players who maybe werent really recruited by the Badgers too!

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Posted: 7/3/2014 11:08 PM

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Your list is complete, { Although you forgot  LeChance to Vandy, and Nick N who also chose Marquette],  and after Stone and Ellenson are added to the list it will be fair to ask WHY?
WHY can't some of these players be players at THE UW??

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Posted: 7/3/2014 11:14 PM

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redline59 wrote: Your list is complete, { Although you forgot  LeChance to Vandy, and Nick N who also chose Marquette],  and after Stone and Ellenson are added to the list it will be fair to ask WHY?
WHY can't some of these players be players at THE UW??

I did include Matt Thomas - see 2013.

Riley LeChance?  ya, i considered him too for this list but i maybe didnt think he was quite good enough for this list and maybe didnt get much of a look from UW...the kid from Sussex Hamilton who is headed to Iowa would also be a possibilty...Brady Ellingson?

I purposely did not include any recruits from the class of 2015 such as Nick N. since nothing is official until after they sign their LOI this upcoming season....
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Posted: 7/3/2014 11:30 PM

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I may be wrong, but I think UW did not recruit at least a third of the players listed, maybe even closer to half.

You could probably add Mark Mitchell (St. Louis) to the list, but I'm almost certain Bo did not recruit him.  He had a solid career at SLU. 

Then there's the point guard who was kind of under-valued who went to Iowa State - Diante Garrett - who also had a very solid career.  Again, I don't think UW recruited him.

If you go back 15 years, your list might also include Marshall Williams from Vincent, who went to N.C. State and played as a freshman in 1999-2000.  I have no idea if UW recruited him.
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Posted: 7/3/2014 11:57 PM

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I think you mean Kwamain Mitchell? I was going to say him and Garrett.
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Posted: 7/4/2014 12:30 AM

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"...WHY can't some of these players be players at THE UW??"

Wow.  Big question.  Caps and double question marks.

Ummm...grades, fit, talent/skill eval by the staff, player preference.  Matthews, as example, had no intention of attending Madison.

One or some combination of the above.  If there are misses from the above group I know that I've not been terribly pained by their absence.
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Posted: 7/4/2014 1:16 AM

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Yup.  You're right.  Mark, I think, played for UWM.
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Posted: 7/4/2014 7:03 AM

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BabcockHouse wrote: Im compiling a list of top BB recruits from WI from the past 15 years who did not become Badgers... I realize that some of these players were not recruited by the Badgers such as Southall, Brown, Maymon and Lucious but i still included them anyways. This is all from the top of my head...no help from google, scout or rivals, etc.

1999: Reece Gaines (Madison West, Louisville)
2000: Scott Merritt (Tosa East, Marq.); Michael Southall (West Salem, Kentucky)
2001: Travis Diener (FDL Goodrich, Marq.)
2002: Steve Novak (Brown Deer, Marq.); Greg Brown (Milw. Vincent, ???)
2005: Wesley Matthews (Mad. Memorial, Marq.)
2006: Jerry Smith (Tosa East, Louisville)
2007: Scott Christopherson (LAX Aquinas, Marq.-Iowa State)
2008: Korie Lucious (Milw. Pius, Mich. St.-Iowa State)
2009: Jerron Maymon (Mad. Memorial, Marq.-Tenn.); Jamil Wilson (Racine Horlick, Oregon-Marquette)
2010: Vander Blue (Mad. Memorial, Marq.)
2011: Elgin Cook (Milw. Hamilton, Oregon)
2012: JP Tokoto (Meno Falls, North Carolina); Phillip Nolan (Milwaukee Riverside, UCONN)
2013: Duane Wilson (WB Dominican, Marq.); Deonte Burton (Milw. Vincent, Marq.); Luke Fischer (Germantown, Indiana-Marq.); Matt Thomas (Onalaska, Iowa State)
2014: Kevon Looney (Milw. Hamilton, UCLA) Sandy Cohen (Seymour, Marquette)

Did i miss anyone here?  So far - i would say Looney was the top recruit that we lost out on.....  Does anyone need to be added to this list?  Good players who maybe werent really recruited by the Badgers too!

I believe the following players from your list had a UW offer:
Gaines
Matthews
Smith
Wilson
Blue
Tokoto
Thomas (late offer)
Looney

Novak might have had one too.  UW landed Ray Nixon from the same class.
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Posted: 7/4/2014 7:43 AM

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To be honest, that list is rather underwhelming. I guess it would have been nice to land Gaines, Matthews, Tokoto, and Looney but you have to look at the players that we DID land in comparison. Harris, Tucker, Butch, Taylor, Dekker, Hayes, Koenig, Kaminsky...I wouldn't trade that group for the misses.
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Posted: 7/4/2014 7:59 AM

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In 2002, MU and WI made offers to Greg Brown, but it was well known that he was going to have trouble qualifying. He went to Indian Hills CC for two years, committed to play at Miami, but I don't think he ever got there.
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Posted: 7/4/2014 9:15 AM

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janderson182 wrote: To be honest, that list is rather underwhelming. I guess it would have been nice to land Gaines, Matthews, Tokoto, and Looney but you have to look at the players that we DID land in comparison. Harris, Tucker, Butch, Taylor, Dekker, Hayes, Koenig, Kaminsky...I wouldn't trade that group for the misses.
Spot on...

Ya can't take/offer them all.
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Posted: 7/4/2014 9:29 AM

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badgerpaw wrote:
janderson182 wrote: To be honest, that list is rather underwhelming. I guess it would have been nice to land Gaines, Matthews, Tokoto, and Looney but you have to look at the players that we DID land in comparison. Harris, Tucker, Butch, Taylor, Dekker, Hayes, Koenig, Kaminsky...I wouldn't trade that group for the misses.
Spot on...

Ya can't take/offer them all.
Yeah. I'm not sure why anyone would make the effort. I've been pretty happy watching the careers of the one's that said yes to Wisconsin. As you say, "ya can't take them... all" and some you just don't want for one reason or another.

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Posted: 7/4/2014 10:23 AM

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UnknownBadger wrote:
badgerpaw wrote:
janderson182 wrote: To be honest, that list is rather underwhelming. I guess it would have been nice to land Gaines, Matthews, Tokoto, and Looney but you have to look at the players that we DID land in comparison. Harris, Tucker, Butch, Taylor, Dekker, Hayes, Koenig, Kaminsky...I wouldn't trade that group for the misses.
Spot on...

Ya can't take/offer them all.
Yeah. I'm not sure why anyone would make the effort. I've been pretty happy watching the careers of the one's that said yes to Wisconsin. As you say, "ya can't take them... all" and some you just don't want for one reason or another.
For me, it is completely depended on whether there are trolls. If it's just about a couple of tools trying to flame, yeah not worth the time or aggravation. But if you can have a calm, rational discussion about it, I find it fun & interesting. 

As not just a Badger fan, but also a guy who likes to follow in-state kids as well, I enjoy such discussions. Looking at a list like this that covers a longer period of time helps take away some of the overreaction & gives some objectivity. There are some "dodged a bullet" guys, some guys we'd certainly wish we could've landed and some who you just know it would have taken moving heaven & earth for them to be Badgers.

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Posted: 7/4/2014 10:39 AM

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multimed wrote:
For me, it is completely depended on whether there are trolls. If it's just about a couple of tools trying to flame, yeah not worth the time or aggravation. But if you can have a calm, rational discussion about it, I find it fun & interesting. 

As not just a Badger fan, but also a guy who likes to follow in-state kids as well, I enjoy such discussions. Looking at a list like this that covers a longer period of time helps take away some of the overreaction & gives some objectivity. There are some "dodged a bullet" guys, some guys we'd certainly wish we could've landed and some who you just know it would have taken moving heaven & earth for them to be Badgers.
I am not a "tool" or a "troll"...i am a true Badger fan and a regular poster here....and what you stated in the highlited portion of your post is exactly what i was aiming for when i started this thread.
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Posted: 7/4/2014 11:24 AM

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janderson182 wrote: To be honest, that list is rather underwhelming. I guess it would have been nice to land Gaines, Matthews, Tokoto, and Looney but you have to look at the players that we DID land in comparison. Harris, Tucker, Butch, Taylor, Dekker, Hayes, Koenig, Kaminsky...I wouldn't trade that group for the misses.
Yep, I agree.  Not too many misses there when you factor in the guys Bucky got instead. Plus, many of those guys Bo never had any interest in for one reason or another.  I do find it funny if you go over to a Marquette board they are talking about how they are the school of choice for in state recruits and how Wojo is already recruiting circles around Bo.

Heldt is a guy that maybe 3-4 years down the road we'll look back and think he would be a nice guy to have, but as it has been said Bo and staff followed and watched him for a long time and never thought enough to offer him.   I do think they may have gotten burned trying to bank on Heldt being a fall back guy, but I don't think Heldt is the next Kaminsky like MU fans are convincing themselves.  I do think he will be a nice player for MU in a few years, though. 

Cohen was never an option due to the academic risk, Fischer wasn't an option mainly due to transferring in conference.  I'm sure if not for losing a year of eligibility from transferring in conference Fischer would prefer Wisconsin due to the Showalter/Bo relationship.  Also, with Fischer you weren't going to have Hayes and Brown with Fischer.  Give me Hayes over Fischer all day and the jury is still out on Vitto. 

You weren't going to get both Duane Wilson and Koenig (I'll take the guy offered by Self, K, and UNC).  Noskowiak never interested Bo and staff despite basically asking for a scholarship and from some people I've heard that he really was hoping for a UW offer when he re-opened his recruitment.  Plus I would take Jarvis Johnson or Jimmy Whitt over NN anyways, two guys Wisconsin is in on.

Burton is a guy I would've liked to see at UW, but as far as I know UW was never really involved with him.  Could have been lack of interest from Burton or lack of interest by UW.  Henry would be a tough one to swallow if he indeed does go to MU, but Bo wasn't going to offer Wally just to get Henry.  Otherwise, Bo has done all he can do (legally & ethically) to persuade Henry.  I'm not calling MU offering Wally unethical, don't worry Gold fans!

What I'm trying to say is, I don't think the Badgers have missed too much on these in state guys.  The only ones I would really call misses are Looney, Thomas, and Henry if he indeed ends up at MU.  The only guy you can really fault Bo and staff for is Thomas just because they were a little late to the party with him and it was said that Thomas was insulted with the late offer.  Otherwise, looking at this list just seems to reiterate that even if Henry does go to MU, we can be confident Bo will find and develop some other guys and be just fine.
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Posted: 7/4/2014 11:59 AM

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sconnie232 wrote:
janderson182 wrote: To be honest, that list is rather underwhelming. I guess it would have been nice to land Gaines, Matthews, Tokoto, and Looney but you have to look at the players that we DID land in comparison. Harris, Tucker, Butch, Taylor, Dekker, Hayes, Koenig, Kaminsky...I wouldn't trade that group for the misses.
Yep, I agree.  Not too many misses there when you factor in the guys Bucky got instead. Plus, many of those guys Bo never had any interest in for one reason or another.  I do find it funny if you go over to a Marquette board they are talking about how they are the school of choice for in state recruits and how Wojo is already recruiting circles around Bo.

Heldt is a guy that maybe 3-4 years down the road we'll look back and think he would be a nice guy to have, but as it has been said Bo and staff followed and watched him for a long time and never thought enough to offer him.   I do think they may have gotten burned trying to bank on Heldt being a fall back guy, but I don't think Heldt is the next Kaminsky like MU fans are convincing themselves.  I do think he will be a nice player for MU in a few years, though. 

Cohen was never an option due to the academic risk, Fischer wasn't an option mainly due to transferring in conference.  I'm sure if not for losing a year of eligibility from transferring in conference Fischer would prefer Wisconsin due to the Showalter/Bo relationship.  Also, with Fischer you weren't going to have Hayes and Brown with Fischer.  Give me Hayes over Fischer all day and the jury is still out on Vitto. 

You weren't going to get both Duane Wilson and Koenig (I'll take the guy offered by Self, K, and UNC).  Noskowiak never interested Bo and staff despite basically asking for a scholarship and from some people I've heard that he really was hoping for a UW offer when he re-opened his recruitment.  Plus I would take Jarvis Johnson or Jimmy Whitt over NN anyways, two guys Wisconsin is in on.

Burton is a guy I would've liked to see at UW, but as far as I know UW was never really involved with him.  Could have been lack of interest from Burton or lack of interest by UW.  Henry would be a tough one to swallow if he indeed does go to MU, but Bo wasn't going to offer Wally just to get Henry.  Otherwise, Bo has done all he can do (legally & ethically) to persuade Henry.  I'm not calling MU offering Wally unethical, don't worry Gold fans!

What I'm trying to say is, I don't think the Badgers have missed too much on these in state guys.  The only ones I would really call misses are Looney, Thomas, and Henry if he indeed ends up at MU.  The only guy you can really fault Bo and staff for is Thomas just because they were a little late to the party with him and it was said that Thomas was insulted with the late offer.  Otherwise, looking at this list just seems to reiterate that even if Henry does go to MU, we can be confident Bo will find and develop some other guys and be just fine.
I think it might be a little premature to say Thomas was a big fish that got away or just a plan "B" Johnnie-come-lately that we were interested in taking to fill out the roster.
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Posted: 7/4/2014 12:51 PM

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I think you would include anyone who play mid major and above. Good players are not recruited if they are not a position of need. I think UW gets hurt when the top players wait to long to eliminate UW. An earlier decision allows the coaches to go after plan B, which could of been one of these players that got away. I am not sure if the Badgers even used the scholarship they were holding for Looney.
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Posted: 7/4/2014 1:39 PM

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sconnie232 wrote:
 

You weren't going to get both Duane Wilson and Koenig (I'll take the guy offered by Self, K, and UNC).  Noskowiak never interested Bo and staff despite basically asking for a scholarship and from some people I've heard that he really was hoping for a UW offer when he re-opened his recruitment.  Plus I would take Jarvis Johnson or Jimmy Whitt over NN anyways, two guys Wisconsin is in on.

Burton is a guy I would've liked to see at UW, but as far as I know UW was never really involved with him.  Could have been lack of interest from Burton or lack of interest by UW.  Henry would be a tough one to swallow if he indeed does go to MU, but Bo wasn't going to offer Wally just to get Henry.  Otherwise, Bo has done all he can do (legally & ethically) to persuade Henry.  I'm not calling MU offering Wally unethical, don't worry Gold fans!

The bolded part is simply not true.  NN committed to Marquette early, where he always wanted to go, and only reopened until the point that Wojo first talked to him.  If NN wanted a UW offer so bad, why did he commit early?

Burton to MU...like Deker to UW...was so early that it was very difficult for anyone else to get involved.  Burton also left Milwaukee for a year to go to prep school out east, but then decided that he wanted to be home.
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Posted: 7/4/2014 5:37 PM

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TinyTimsLittleBrother wrote:
sconnie232 wrote:
 

You weren't going to get both Duane Wilson and Koenig (I'll take the guy offered by Self, K, and UNC).  Noskowiak never interested Bo and staff despite basically asking for a scholarship and from some people I've heard that he really was hoping for a UW offer when he re-opened his recruitment.  Plus I would take Jarvis Johnson or Jimmy Whitt over NN anyways, two guys Wisconsin is in on.

Burton is a guy I would've liked to see at UW, but as far as I know UW was never really involved with him.  Could have been lack of interest from Burton or lack of interest by UW.  Henry would be a tough one to swallow if he indeed does go to MU, but Bo wasn't going to offer Wally just to get Henry.  Otherwise, Bo has done all he can do (legally & ethically) to persuade Henry.  I'm not calling MU offering Wally unethical, don't worry Gold fans!

The bolded part is simply not true.  NN committed to Marquette early, where he always wanted to go, and only reopened until the point that Wojo first talked to him.  If NN wanted a UW offer so bad, why did he commit early?

Burton to MU...like Deker to UW...was so early that it was very difficult for anyone else to get involved.  Burton also left Milwaukee for a year to go to prep school out east, but then decided that he wanted to be home.
That was based on a quote from NN when he said something to the effect that he would love to be recruited by UW but had not heard from them.
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Posted: 7/4/2014 6:24 PM

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redline59 wrote: Your list is complete, { Although you forgot  LeChance to Vandy, and Nick N who also chose Marquette],  and after Stone and Ellenson are added to the list it will be fair to ask WHY?
WHY can't some of these players be players at THE UW??
Because the list purposely includes only those who did not go to UW.  It's like making a list of all the games the Badgers lost and saying, "Why couldn't they win some of those games?"
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Posted: 7/4/2014 7:21 PM

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Exactly.  We are fortunate to have two in-state BB programs to absorb the talent the state is producing.  Both programs are among the best in the country.  A few kids are going to go out of state regardless, and it has not hurt either program!
AerialBomb wrote:
redline59 wrote: Your list is complete, { Although you forgot  LeChance to Vandy, and Nick N who also chose Marquette],  and after Stone and Ellenson are added to the list it will be fair to ask WHY?
WHY can't some of these players be players at THE UW??
Because the list purposely includes only those who did not go to UW.  It's like making a list of all the games the Badgers lost and saying, "Why couldn't they win some of those games?"
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Posted: 7/4/2014 7:59 PM

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Exactly.  We are fortunate to have two in-state BB programs to absorb the talent the state is producing.  Both programs are among the best in the country.  A few kids are going to go out of state regardless, and it has not hurt either program!
AerialBomb wrote:
redline59 wrote: Your list is complete, { Although you forgot  LeChance to Vandy, and Nick N who also chose Marquette],  and after Stone and Ellenson are added to the list it will be fair to ask WHY?
WHY can't some of these players be players at THE UW??
Because the list purposely includes only those who did not go to UW.  It's like making a list of all the games the Badgers lost and saying, "Why couldn't they win some of those games?"


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ONE program is among the best in the country.... the other is Marquette. Might as well include UW Green Bay and UW Milwaukee..... Also, the discussion of instate recruiting losses gets much more interesting if Stone and Ellenson go elsewhere. That would b 4 of the last 5 very highly rated in state recruits going elswhere...

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Posted: 7/4/2014 10:14 PM

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Much more interesting?

It has been beaten to death.

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Exactly.  We are fortunate to have two in-state BB programs to absorb the talent the state is producing.  Both programs are among the best in the country.  A few kids are going to go out of state regardless, and it has not hurt either program!
AerialBomb wrote:
redline59 wrote: Your list is complete, { Although you forgot  LeChance to Vandy, and Nick N who also chose Marquette],  and after Stone and Ellenson are added to the list it will be fair to ask WHY?
WHY can't some of these players be players at THE UW??
Because the list purposely includes only those who did not go to UW.  It's like making a list of all the games the Badgers lost and saying, "Why couldn't they win some of those games?"


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ONE program is among the best in the country.... the other is Marquette. Might as well include UW Green Bay and UW Milwaukee..... Also, the discussion of instate recruiting losses gets much more interesting if Stone and Ellenson go elsewhere. That would b 4 of the last 5 very highly rated in state recruits going elswhere...

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Posted: 7/4/2014 11:37 PM

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Found it funny that two of these guys were involved in an NBA deal today. Novak was traded for (the contract of) Diante Garrett.
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Posted: 7/5/2014 9:10 AM

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LANI01 wrote:
I believe the following players from your list had a UW offer:

Wilson

Duane Wilson?  He was offered by UW?
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Posted: 7/5/2014 10:04 AM

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Jamil.
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Posted: 7/5/2014 10:49 AM

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panama74 wrote: Found it funny that two of these guys were involved in an NBA deal today. Novak was traded for (the contract of) Diante Garrett.

Diante Garrett is playing in the NBA now?  for what team? i guess he should be added to my list!
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Posted: 7/5/2014 11:54 AM

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BabcockHouse wrote: 
I am not a "tool" or a "troll"...i am a true Badger fan and a regular poster here....and what you stated in the highlited portion of your post is exactly what i was aiming for when i started this thread.
Sorry, you misunderstood - but I'll admit I should've been more clear. Didn't mean to imply you were - I don't think that. I meant that often these type of threads are started by trolls & when they are they're not worth the time. But I find the topic interesting & as long as it stays on track & with the right mindset, such discussions can be pretty insightful. 

To that end, I agree with the "underwhelming" reaction. I think there's something of a pervasive feeling - even among Badger fans - that there have been a lot of big in state kids that have gotten away. So far, the list & names I've seen - certainly there are some - but on the whole, nothing to be concerned with especially when you consider the success of the program.

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Posted: 7/5/2014 12:59 PM

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I did add him to your list.
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Posted: 7/5/2014 8:26 PM

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BabcockHouse wrote: Im compiling a list of top BB recruits from WI from the past 15 years who did not become Badgers... I realize that some of these players were not recruited by the Badgers such as Southall, Brown, Maymon and Lucious but i still included them anyways. This is all from the top of my head...no help from google, scout or rivals, etc.

1999: Reece Gaines (Madison West, Louisville); Marshall Williams (Milw. Vincent, NC State-UWGB)
2000: Scott Merritt (Tosa East, Marq.); Michael Southall (West Salem, Kentucky)
2001: Travis Diener (FDL Goodrich, Marq.)
2002: Steve Novak (Brown Deer, Marq.); Greg Brown (Milw. Vincent, ???)
2005: Wesley Matthews (Mad. Memorial, Marq.)
2006: Jerry Smith (Tosa East, Louisville)
2007: Scott Christopherson (LAX Aquinas, Marq.-Iowa State); Diante Garrett (Milw. Vincent, Iowa State)
2008: Korie Lucious (Milw. Pius, Mich. St.-Iowa State); Kwamain Mitchell (WB Dominican, St. Louis)
2009: Jerron Maymon (Mad. Memorial, Marq.-Tenn.); Jamil Wilson (Racine Horlick, Oregon-Marquette)
2010: Vander Blue (Mad. Memorial, Marq.)
2011: Elgin Cook (Milw. Hamilton, Oregon)
2012: JP Tokoto (Meno Falls, North Carolina); Phillip Nolan (Milwaukee Riverside, UCONN)
2013: Duane Wilson (WB Dominican, Marq.); Deonte Burton (Milw. Vincent, Marq.); Luke Fischer (Germantown, Indiana-Marq.); Matt Thomas (Onalaska, Iowa State)
2014: Kevon Looney (Milw. Hamilton, UCLA) Sandy Cohen (Seymour, Marquette); Riley LaChance (Broofield Central, Vandy); Brady Ellingson (Sussex Hamilton-Iowa)

Did i miss anyone here?  So far - i would say Looney was the top recruit that we lost out on.....  Does anyone need to be added to this list?  Good players who maybe werent really recruited by the Badgers too!
Just as interesting, I wonder how many on that list have wished they'd gone to the UW?

I wasn't born in Wisconsin, but I got here as soon as I could.

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