Recruiting is the lifeblood of any great varsity track team, but keeping up with it as a fan can be difficult at times and often time consuming. We’ll try to condense any recruiting news you can use in this biweekly post (or more often since we’re in The Uncertain Times and there is no actual sport). It will include updates on current commitments, including stats from their high school games, as well as news on the players the Badgers are still chasing. We’re going to get down to business!
The best player in the state to visit Madison
- 2022 PG 4 stars Seth Trimble (Menomonee Falls) has really seen their recruiting reach a new level over the past couple of months. Recent offers from Michigan and North Carolina have most likely put the Badgers out of the race for services from Trimble. According to Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers, Trimble organized official visits to Ann Arbor and Chapel Hill in June as well as a pair of unofficial visits to public schools in Marquette and Wisconsin.
High 4⭐️ junior Seth Trimble added official visit to North Carolina, he said @Stockrisers, shaping his visit list to be like this:
Marquette: Unofficial, June 2
Michigan: official, June 13
North Carolina: Official, June 16
Will also be unofficial in Wisconsin on 6/23. pic.twitter.com/1jeEHk071t
– Jake (@jakeweingarten) May 29, 2021
We will discuss the new Rivals ranking for the 2022 class in a bit, but Trimble skyrocketed the list in the new version last week. He is now the # 34 player in the class (75 places up from their last update!) And # 8 PG in the country. Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing in at around 180 pounds, Trimble is the perfect height for a head guard, but the Badgers appear to have turned to 3-star PG Rowan Brumbaugh as a floor general for Class 22. Unfortunately, both Rivals and 247 predicted Trimble to pick the Wolverines.
A new name to watch
- Now I’m not going to say “I called him” about it, because I didn’t really do it … but live in the Twin Cities and be more connected to high school basketball than a probably no one should be, Demarion Watson-Saulsberry (Minneapolis) from Totino-Grace High School is a name I’ve heard before and thought “badgers could use a player like that.”
Good, according to Evan Flood at over 247Sports ($), the Badgers are doing their due diligence on the 4-star wing. The 6-foot-6, 175-pound forward is rated the nation’s No.105 player by the 247 Composite and holds offers from Creighton, Fla., Iowa, State of Iowa, Marquette, Minnesota, Stanford, Xavier and others. The Badgers haven’t offered yet, but it would be great to see them step into the mix here.
New Rivals rankings
- As we linked above (and also here again because we love you) Rivals came out with an updated ranking of the top 150 players in the class of 2022. The Badgers are after a number of players on the roster.
# 34, PG 4 stars Seth Trimble (Menomonee Falls)
No.67, PF Isaac Traudt 4 stars (Grand Island, Neb.)
No.71, 4 stars SF Camden Heide (Wayzata, Minn.)
No 79, 4 stars PG Trejuan Holloman (St. Paul, Minn.)
# 107, 4-star C Joe Hurlburt (Enderlin, ND), entered Colorado
No.123, 3 stars PF Ahjany Lee (Byron, Minn.)
No. 136, 3 stars SF Demarion Watson-Saulsberry (Minneapolis)
There are a few other players the Badgers have been linked to, but most of the players they are raised on (Brumbaugh, Jaden Schutt, Braeden Moore, Braden Huff) haven’t made the updated rankings. All of them are rated 3 stars (except for Huff who is currently unrated) and have very good offer lists, but haven’t quite broken through to the top rookie rung yet.