The Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team has shown grit and persistence throughout their last four years. The past four years included two sweet sixteens and two final fours, and one championship. Consequently, when they had these deep playoff runs they were determined to play tough opponents. Some of the tough teams that they came across were a 38-0 Kentucky Wildcat team, a overall no. 1 seeded Villanova, a solid UNC team in 2015. Great successes can almost be a domino effect throughout a school’s program, and that is what happened here. One of the dominos in this progress is recruitment, and the some say that the Badgers hit a jackpot when talking recruits. The Badgers have captured to top talents that are actually from Wisconsin, one being Kobe King (Class of 2017) and the other being Tyler Herro (Class of 2018).
Kobe King (6’4”) Sr., La Crosse Central WI
When looking at the season Kobe King posted this year someone would believe that this kid is a five star recruit. In my opinion, Kobe is a top recruit that should be seen as a future All- American. He averaged a 27.0 PPG and posted two 28 point games in his final two games of his high school career. Ironically these games were played at his future home, the Kohl Center. Kobe led his squad to two huge wins that clinched the Division 2 High School Championship. This championship sort of felt like a dose of redemption for Kobe, considering that he fell short at the Kohl center a year before in the state semifinal.
Kobe also competed in AAU basketball, he competed for the Wisconsin Playground Warriors, and played on the Adidas Uprising series. Kobe showed how he could lead a team, and shined on the biggest stages, which led to the offer from Wisconsin.
Tyler Herro (6’5”) Jr., Whitnall WI
Tyler Herro is a hybrid, explosive, and sometimes fancy recruit and Badger fans should be salivating about what the team is getting when Herro walks on campus in 2018-2017. Herro averaged an impressive 23.2 PPG while also nursing a mild knee injury throughout his junior campaign. Herro did only play 13 games, but he made a huge effect in those game. Through his 13 games Herro averaged 4.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists. Herro has shown spectators that he can play on one of the highest levels, Herro posted a solid 20 point game in the state semifinal.
The national spotlight has became a major source of exposure for Herro also. Rankings sometimes have bias, but when looking at ESPN’s outlook on Herro I think we can all agree that they got it right. ESPN has placed Herro at 23rd out of 60, and Rivals put him at no. 51. Herro is spending his last summer on the AAU circuit playing for WI Playground Elite in the Nike EYBL. This will surely help him with getting better and learning how to compete against the best.
All in all, I think we can all agree that the future is bright.