Without Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, the Wisconsin Badgers lack star power but one thing we do know is they don’t lack player development and talented additions.
On Monday morning, Bo Ryan received a commitment from 6’11” Belgian forward Andy Van Vliet, who visited the school last week. He also had interest from Oklahoma State, St. Mary’s and Washington State, but according to Badger Nation, Wisconsin stuck out the most.
The program now has a five man recruiting class that consists of Van Vliet, guard Brevin Pritzl, forward Alex Illikainen, forward Khalil Iverson, and forward Charlie Thomas.
The Badgers finished 36-4 this past season (16-2 in the Big Ten), reaching the National Championship before losing to Duke, 68-63. They also knocked off undefeated Kentucky in their Final Four match-up.
With Kaminsky and Dekker moving onto the pro ranks, Wisconsin is going to rely mostly on the production from Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig but they also need their role players to develop and make critical contributions. Van Vliet could be one of those talents as he plays similar to Kaminsky. The 19-year-old can step out and shoot while also using his size to make a difference on the block.
Expectations may not be soaring high in Madison next season, but it always seems as if Ryan finds a way to out-excel those predictions.
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