While Wisconsin hasn’t had the best fortune on the recruiting trail in the Class of 2016, as they’ve yet to land a commitment, head coach Bo Ryan and his staff are on the board in the Class of 2017. Wednesday evening in-state shooting guard Kobe King made his pledge to the Big Ten program, announcing the news by way of his Twitter account.
The 6-foot-3 La Crosse, Wisconsin product also held offers from programs such as Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Marquette, and he’d made unofficial visits to both Iowa State and Wisconsin before deciding that he’ll play his college basketball in Madison. King played for the Wisconsin Playground Warriors on the adidas Uprising circuit (16U) this spring/summer.
As a sophomore at La Crosse Central HS, King averaged 15.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest.
While Wisconsin doesn’t currently have a scholarship senior in its perimeter rotation they’ll have two during the 2016-17 season in Bronson Koenig and Zak Showalter. That’s where King’s commitment comes into play, where he’d have the opportunity to help the Badgers account for those personnel losses when he arrives on campus in 2017.
Of course there’s also the head coaching situation to take into consideration, with Ryan’s thoughts on retirement changing multiple times during the summer and assistant Greg Gard being his desired successor. That situation is certainly worth monitoring as Wisconsin looks to put together recruiting classes for 2016 and beyond.
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