UPDATE: On August 16, Jordan McCabe verbally committed to West Virginia.
Looking to keep things rolling and coming off one of their best recruiting periods in recent years, the state of Wisconsin is rich in homegrown talent for 2018.
Yet one prospect is still fighting for the offer he could almost taste for years.
Jordan McCabe went from YouTube sensation to high school phenom in the blink of an eye and many elite basketball programs have taken note. Standing 5’10” and a three-star, top-20 point guard, McCabe has already picked up offers from West Virginia, Minnesota, Missouri and Depaul and has garnered interest from Marquette, Stanford, and Iowa.
Jordan McCabe Summer Highlights
An AAU teammate of another highly-touted 2018 guard, Tyler Herro, on the Wisconsin Playground Warriors, McCabe has made a name for himself as one of the top playmakers in the country. What he lacks in size he makes up with impeccable vision, heart, and IQ. This is a player who elevates those around him and can play with the best, as he was invited to the NBPA Top 100 Camp as well as the CP3 Camp.
Although he’s a true point guard, coaches have been worried about McCabe’s tendency to turn the ball over and how he will adapt to bigger, faster, and stronger competition. Playing alongside Herro in AAU has inevitably brought the best out of both talents, but it’s tough to measure how that has given McCabe more open shots and opportunities.
While the Badgers have expressed interest and continue to monitor McCabe’s progress, it seems he has an outside shot looking in. This comes largely due to the in-state talent of Herro and SPASH forward Joey Hauser, and a potential lack of scholarships, as Herro and Hauser have already been offered by the Badgers. If both decide to commit to Bucky, they would take both of Wisconsin’s 2018 scholarships, pending if UW uses its remaining 2017 scholarship. Additionally, point guard Brad Davison’s commitment in 2017 to the Badgers takes away a position of need that Wisconsin may have been looking for.
Wisconsin did reach out to McCabe on June 15, the first day coaches could personally contact class of 2018 recruits.
Still, our sources at SST believe the Badgers are shying away from offering McCabe, even if Herro or Hauser do not come to Wisconsin.
Will McCabe get the offer? Only time will tell for the “Next White Chocolate,” as he’ll be keeping his eye on Herro and Hauser’s recruitment decisions just as much as all of us.
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