Shooting guard Tyler Herro officially announced his commitment to the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Monday. The Whitnall High School 2018 guard turned down offers from the likes of Indiana, Marquette, and Purdue, and is the first Badgers commit from the class of 2018.
Herro is a scholarship recipient for the 2018-19 year, leaving one scholarship remaining for the 2018-2019 year, assuming the Badgers’ carry-over the remaining scholarship in 2017-18. The likelihood of that scholarship being carried over is nearly solidified now after Justin Smith did not put Wisconsin in his top four.
With all eyes on SPASH (WI)’s Joey Hauser for 2018, another potential future Badger to keep an eye on is Isaiah Kelly. Kelly is ranked 140th nationally, 34th for is position, and 5th in his state, according to 247 Sports.
Kelly was offered a scholarship two days after Wisconsin’s Elite Camp in July of 2015.
Kelly, standing at 6’7” and weighing 205 pounds, transferred from Augusta, GA to Pace Academy in Atlanta and is getting attention from Georgia Tech, Kansas, Marquette, and UCLA in addition to his offers from Wisconsin, Harvard, Vanderbilt and Xavier, among others. He has been recruited by Wisconsin associate head coach Lamont Paris.
If Hauser decides to go to Marquette or another school instead of Wisconsin, Kelly will likely become the Badgers’ main target, especially considering he is the only other 2018 player right now with an offer from the Badgers. With Brad Davison (point guard), Kobe King (combo guard), Tyler Herro (can play 1,2, or 3), and Nathan Reuvers (4 or 5), Kelly would fit in very well with the Badgers’ impact players come 2018 and beyond.
For now, all eyes are on Hauser, but don’t forget about Kelly.
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