Krabbenhoft To Make It Official

South Dakota's finest prospect is going to take his name off the uncommitted list this weekend. Small forward Joe Krabbenhoft, a junior, is about to end his recruitment.

It's not exactly a secret and by the weekend, everyone should know but 6-7 junior small forward Joe Krabbenhoft has an idea of what he wants to do about his commitment.

"We haven't really [committed] officially," Krabbenhoft said. "I told the coaches that once I get there [I'd commit]. I've always wanted to do it face to face."

And he will.

Over the weekend, the 6-7 Sioux Falls (SD) Roosevelt product will look Bo Ryan in the eye and tell him he's headed to Wisconsin. In Krabbenhoft's eyes, it's the perfect match.

"I've been going at it for about 8 months trying to decide between five schools. I made visits to all of them and when I made the trip to Wisconsin I thought I would commit on the spot. It just really seemed like Wisconsin was the right fit for me.

"I have that family atmosphere with them. I actually do have family right there in Wisconsin. They're headed in the right direction already and they'll just keep getting better."

Krabbenhoft looked strongly at Minnesota, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Creighton and Kansas. He had offers from each of the schools, except for Kansas.

On Tuesday, he returned to action after missing the entire season with a stress fracture. It's going to take some time to get his wind back, but Roosevelt has a big game on Thursday so he'll have to adjust on the fly.

In Tuesday's game he scored 4 points and had 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. "It was the first game I played and I didn't even think the team we were playing knew I would play but they triple-teamed me anyway."

The commitment by Krabbenhoft will be the first for Wisconsin in the Class of 2005. The Dakota Schoolers standout is a skilled forward. He's got range on his jumper and sees the floor well. He's a high-major prospect of Top 50 caliber and an excellent start to the recruiting season for the Badgers.

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