With Signing Day now upon us, Badger247 takes a deep look at Wisconsin's 2013 men's basketball recruiting class.
Vitto Brown: 6-foot-7, 215 pounds
National Basketball Recruiting Analyst Jerry Meyer gives his thoughts on the class as a whole.
"Wisconsin's 2013 class sits at No. 30 nationally and No. 6 in the Big Ten.
"Bronson Koenig is the top prospect in the class. He is a cagey combo guard with a high skill level and feel for the game. It wouldn't surprise if he reminds Wisconsin fans of Jason Bohannon.
"The key for Koenig is gaining strength so he is stronger with the ball and can hold his positioning better on defense.
"After Koenig the top prospect in the class is Nigel Hayes. Based primarily on his 247Composite ranking, my suspicion is that Hayes could prove to be the most under ranked recruit if one is under ranked.
"This Wisconsin class is solid and sits in the middle range of the Big Ten. Coach Bo Ryan has had a history of over achieving with lesser ranked recruits, and this 2013 class might very well fit that historical mode."
Offer list: Akron, Butler, Cincinnati, Central Michigan, Dayton, Duquesne, Minnesota, Ohio State, Toledo, UNC-Greensboro, Xavier, Stanford, Wisconsin
Breakdown: Hayes is arguably the biggest recruiting win for Bo Ryan during his tenure at the University of Wisconsin. A big, powerful, athletic forward, Hayes selected Wisconsin over an offer from Ohio State. The inside-outside game of Hayes will make him a star in Madison.
Offer list: Boston University, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Kansas State, Kent State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Toledo, Wisconsin
Breakdown: Much like Hayes, Brown provides a big, athletic frame in the paint. Throughout his development, Brown has shown the ability to step outside and hit mid-range jumpers, which will be vital in Wisconsin’s “swing offense.”
Offer list: Duke, Kansas, Marquette, Minnesota, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin
Breakdown: An ultra-electric point guard, Koenig possesses a high basketball IQ and athleticism that is off the charts. An above-average shooter, Wisconsin has found their point guard of the future.
Offer list: Brown, Dartmouth, Florida Gulf Coast, Kent State, Leigh, Santa Clara, Yale, Wisconsin
Breakdown: Considered the “unknown” of the class, Hill landed an offer after performing well in front of Wisconsin coaches during last summers AAU circuit. A sizable guard, Hill has the ability to break his defender down off the dribble as well as stroke it from outside.
Offer list: Drake, Illinois State, Wisconsin
Breakdown: Again, Dearring earned his offer after a strong performance on the AAU circuit last summer. A solid all-around player, Dearring is known for his shooting ability. Once Dearring steps in the gym, he’s considered “open.”
Overview: As a whole, this may be considered Wisconsin’s deepest class ever under Bo Ryan. With the addition of Nigel Hayes, the Badgers coaching staff took this class to an entirely different level. Top to bottom, Wisconsin’s 2013 recruiting class is filled with athleticism. Along with their athletic ability, these players are extremely intelligent and carry a high basketball IQ.
Class Grade: A
Biggest Get: Nigel Hayes
Underrated: Vitto Brown
Most Athletic: Bronson Koenig
Best All-Around Game: Jordan Hill
Best Shooter: Riley Dearring
Biggest Miss: Matt Thomas (Iowa State)
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