Chart: Badgers don't go stargazing often when they recruit

  • Updated: April 4, 2014 - 9:50 PM
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Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson (12) drives against Minnesota guard Austin Hollins (20) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament Friday, March 14, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) ORG XMIT: MIN2014031419334240

A look at the players in Wisconsin’s rotation and how they ended up playing for Bo Ryan:

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TRAEVON JACKSON

6-2 junior guard • Westerville, Ohio (Westerville South HS)

Role: A shooting guard as a freshman who claimed the point guard job as a sophomore after Josh Gasser was injured, Jackson has 148 assists, more than double anyone else on the team. But the lefty has also been a big-shot taker, and maker, over the past two seasons.

Recruited (⋆⋆⋆): Jackson is the son of Ohio State great Jim Jackson. The Buckeyes never showed serious interest, and Traevon chose Wisconsin over Arizona State and Dayton.

What he said then: “Their loyalty toward me showed they really cared for me. That changed the whole situation.”

BEN BRUST

6-1 senior guard • Hawthorn Woods, Ill. (Mundelein HS)

Role: Brust became the Badgers’ all-time leader in three-pointers during the NCAA tournament, even though he made only two as a freshman. The Badgers’ second-leading scorer at 12.8 points per game, He can also score off the dribble.

Recruited (⋆⋆⋆): He signed with Iowa as a high school senior but was released when coach Todd Lickliter was fired. Big Ten rules prohibit a player accepting a scholarship from another conference school, but Wisconsin won an appeal.

What he said then: “I’ll do whatever I can to win. I can score a little bit. I can pass a little bit.”

JOSH GASSER

6-4 junior guard • Port Washington, Wis. (Port Washington HS)

Role: A three-year starter typically assigned to defend an opponent’s top perimeter player, Gasser came back after missing last season because of a knee injury and was chosen for his second All-Big Ten defensive team.

Recruited (⋆⋆⋆): A two-time first-team all-state pick, Gasser was initially offered one walk-on year and four scholarship years before getting a regular offer after two players’ departures.

What he said then: “I felt comfortable with the coaches and players and want to play in front of my family and friends.”

FRANK KAMINSKY

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