We threw out a lot of names that the Badger might be interested in from the transfer portal over the last few weeks, and since then only more names have been added to the portal. Let’s take a quick look at who else Greg Gard and Wisconsin could kick the tires on to fill out their list for next season.
Bryce Hopkins, Kentucky, four years back, 6-foot-6, 220 pounds
A former top-40 recruit who took an official visit to Wisconsin while attending high school is on the portal? Yes, we can dig that. Hopkins, who lives in Oak Park, Ill., Did not run much as a rookie for the Wildcats (13.4% of available minutes) and averaged 2.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. He shot 31.3 from deep, on just 16 attempts, but also had poor free-kick shooting numbers (even on a few attempts), so he should definitely work on his shot no matter where he ends up. His high school shooting makes me think his college prices will go up, and that’s the kind of prospect the Badgers don’t often get, so I’m sure there’s room for him if the interest is mutual.
Kentucky’s Bryce Hopkins has gone portaling, the portal said.
Former Top 50 recruit who played sparingly last season as a rookie.
– Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops)
Kamari McGee, Green Bay, four years back, 6 feet, ??? pound
Although I can not find a listed weight for McGee, but looking at pictures of him, he probably weighs around what you think a 6-foot guard would weigh. Anyways, the native from Racine is looking for a new school and the badgers have been in touch with him. McGee had an average of 11.6 ppg, 1.9 apg and 1.1 spg as a rookie in Green Bay and was named the Horizon League first-year team. He was a bright spot on a poor Phoenix team, but would be a welcome addition to Wisconsin’s guard rotation, especially if Lorne Bowman is not 100% to start the season.
The former Racine St. Catherine’s and UW-Green Bay prominent Kamari McGee (6-0) among the players in the transfer portal University of Wisconsin’s men’s basketball program is in regular contact with.
– Mark Miller (@WisBBYearbook)
Sad Newton, East Carolina, three years back, 6-foot-5, 190 pounds
Newton, who is based in El Paso, Texas, was a second-team all-AAC selection this past season. The three-year-old starter averaged 17.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists per game and shot 43.5% from the field and 33.3% from the deep. He excels at getting to the free-throw line, and once there, he knocks them down (85% career free-kick shooter). He is also an active defender and a good passer. It looks like he could play both guard positions, so he would be able to coexist with Hepburn and also be a secondary playmaker.
New schools reached today:
Kansas stat https://t.co/dj1JLpjIsu
– Travis Graf (@TravisGrafHoops)
Courtney Ramey, Texas, one year back, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds
Ramey would get quite comfortably into the starting lineup for Wisconsin next to Chucky Hepburn at the backcourt. St. Louis natives never played less than 25 minutes per game. match and also scored no less than 8.0 points per. fight for all four years in Austin. Last season he averaged 9.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.0 spg, while shooting 35% from deep (over the course of four years he shoots 36.5% from beyond the arc ).
Not sure how likely this one is as the Badger did not offer him to get out of high school and there are some top quality teams (Kentucky, Villanova, Gonzaga) who have also reached out to him but he is the exact type of player UW’s roster needs in the portal.
Texas transfer Courtney Ramey has heard from these schools:
Ramey is an amazing shooter, high level defender and one of the best players on the portal.
– 24/7 High School Hoops (@ 247HSHoops)
- While at one point it might have seemed like the Badger was in the running for Wright State transfer manager Grant Basile, it sounds like Notre Dame, Iowa State and Virginia Tech are the current frontrunners for Pewaukee native services.
Sources indicate that Notre Dame, Iowa State and Virginia Tech have emerged as leaders of former Pewaukee and Wright State prominent Grant Basile, who entered the transfer portal last month.
– Mark Miller (@WisBBYearbook)