Time to Evaluate

High school basketball is open for business, as July 6 is the first of two 10-day periods where college basketball coaches can scour the AAU circuit for talent. Wisconsin's coaches are expected to be busy, and Badger Nation looks at some of the players the Badgers' coaches will be looking at.

2012 Athletes

Center Adam Woodbury (four stars)

6-foot-11, 220 pounds

Sioux City (IA) East – AAU Martin Brothers

The only known recruit to hold a 2012, Woodbury holds offers from California, Creighton, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Stanford, Utah, Virginia and Wake Forest. The Badgers are coming late to the party, but according to Woodbury's AAU coach Hank Huddleson with the Martin Brothers, Woodbury is not ready to discount anybody.

According to Huddleson, Woodbury is like many of the top basketball recruits in that he continues to improve every year and has matured over the last calendar year. "He's gone from a kid that tried to dunk once and awhile last year to a kid that tries to dunk a lot more and going through people. He shoots fadeaways and is more aggressive going to left after working on it."

Wisconsin's chances – Marginal. Wisconsin has had some luck recruiting Huddleson's players (Jason Bohannon) and head coach Bo Ryan has really picked up dialogue with Woodbury as of late. It's assumed that UW will be fixtures at nearly all of Woodbury's games this month and while UW can probably make a good sales pitch, it's assumed at this point to be an Iowa lean.

2013 Athletes

SF Semi Ojeleye (four stars)

6-foot-6, 205 pounds

Ottawa Township (KA) HS – AAU team Spiece Mo-Kan

Ojeleye – who was recently bumped up to a four-star player - spent time last month at Wisconsin during the program's Advanced Camp, a time where the UW coaching staff typically draws the best players from in state and out of state for two days of basketball drills. Although Ojeleye didn't participate, the camp was said to have been the biggest draw in Bo Ryan's tenure, and Ojeleye was the only one to leave with an offer.

"I got to see most of the university, and it really was a great campus with the lakes and the atmosphere," Ojeleye told Badger Nation. "The facilities are top notch and it really was a great place."

Ojeleye averaged 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds as a sophomore, and has picked up an offer from Missouri since coming to Wisconsin.

Wisconsin's chances – Marginal. It might be a pipe dream, especially is local big schools Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas come calling, but the Badgers made the smart move of being the first school to offer him, an obvious big thrill for Ojeleye. Being recruited by Greg Gard, Ojeleye's recruitment is only going to grow, but the Badgers have pulled off surprises before.

PG Bronson Koenig (four stars)

6-foot-2, 167 pounds

La Crosse (Wis) Aquinas – AAU Team Wisconsin Playground Warriors

The top player in the state of Wisconsin for the 2013 class, Koenig has had an incredible year. He's lead his team to a state championship in Madison, has torn up the AAU circuit with his fiery play, crisp passing and solid shot and has grabbed scholarship offers from Wisconsin, North Carolina, Kansas, Marquette and Virginia. The Badgers have been on Koenig the longest, but his performance at the Wisconsin Dells Exposure classic certainly worked in his favor. With a lot of coaches in town to watch his teammate, J.P. Tokoto, play, coaches Buzz Williams and Roy Williams became enamored with the way he plays.

"I think this past high school season really helped me," Koenig said, "because I would see box-and-ones and things like that. It's helping me improve."

Koenig has been in plenty of contact with the UW coaches, even going to the Badgers' Advanced Camp last month, but he's said that he is in no rush to make a decision, likely waiting at least until his junior season before deciding.

Wisconsin's chances – Slim. Call me pessimistic, but this situation is screaming North Carolina for Koenig. He's been a fan of the Tar Heels since he was young, his good friend and teammate just committed there and called the early offer from UNC ‘an honor.' Yes, he said the same thing when UW offered, but this seems to be an uphill battle for UW.

Forward Kyle Washington (NR)

Hotchkiss (Conn.) HS

It's been an interesting couple weeks for Washington. In addition to recently announcing that he would be transferring from Benilde-St. Margaret's, Washington announced that he's reclassifying so he can become a 2013 prospect, and a better basketball player. Throw in the fact that Wisconsin offered him after the Advanced Camp and life is pretty good for him.

"(Wisconsin has) been watching me since my freshmen year in high school," Washington said. "I talked to Bo Ryan a lot during the camp. They talked to me about how they liked how I played the game. They talked about the school and a lot of different things. They also talked about who the coaching staff is as people off the court. I'm starting to form a good relationship with the coaches."

Wisconsin isn't alone in pursuing Washington, as Clemson, DePaul, Marquette, Providence, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Washington and Xavier. Understandably though, UW is top right now.

"I'm really interested in Wisconsin because of their academics, coaches, and what they do as a program," he said. "I was impressed how they've become a perennial power house every year."

UW's chances – Above Average. Wisconsin is Washington's first big offer and he has really become a fan of Wisconsin. With him moving to the East Coast, it'll be interested to see if he gets looks from schools on the coast. Right now though, the Badgers appear to be the early leaders in the club house.

PF Luke Fischer (four stars)

6-foot-8, 195 pounds

Germantown (Wis.) HS – AAU Team Wisconsin Swing

Another Wisconsin target that was recently bumped up to four stars, Fischer is right on the cusp of earning a UW offer after a solid performance in the Badgers' Advanced Camp and taking an unofficial visit last week. An offer from Ryan would add to ones given to Fischer by Drake, Creighton, Indiana and Marquette.

Fischer's stock has grown since he started all 26 games last season, averaging 10.5 points per game in helping lead his team to a 24-2 overall record and an appearance in the sectional semifinals.

UW's chances – High. Growing up in southeast Wisconsin, Fischer's two favorite schools growing up were Marquette and Wisconsin. Where Wisconsin has an edge is with Fischer's high school coach, who played for Bo Ryan at Platteville. Fischer said it would be a hard choice if both schools were offer, but it seems that he's grown quite fond of the success that has continued in Madison.

PF Nick Fuller (three stars)

6-foot-6, 175 pounds

Sun Prairie (Wis.) HS – AAU Team Wisconsin Swing

After getting push around at times during a freshman season where he averaged 11.6 points per game and weighed a meager 160 pounds, Fuller turned to the weight room to try to get his weight up and improve his presence on the court.

"I've been working on my strength a lot, trying to get stronger all the time, but working on my quickness to be able to take it to the hoop," Fuller told Badger Nation. "I just want to get better with everything, from my ball handling to working off screens and everything else."

The work has showed thus far on the AAU Circuit. Teaming up with Fischer, the Wisconsin Swing have one of the best one-two punches in the state. On the recruiting front, Fuller has already grabbed Division 1 offers from Creighton, Milwaukee, Toledo and one from Marquette. Fuller has also been receiving interest from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.

UW's chances – High if they offer. After Fischer, Fuller seems like the next in line for a UW offer, although it appears UW isn't in a rush to offer. Fuller has made unofficial visits for UW football games and has had UW coaches watch some of his games. Fuller likes how UW plays and feels he thrive in an offense like that. It's up to UW now if they agree.

Center Carson Shanks (NR)

7-foot-0, 225 pounds

Prior Lake (MN) HS - AAU Team Minnesota Pump ‘N Run

Shanks holds two offers – Colorado State and Northern Iowa – and has good footwork and ball handling skills for a man his size. Shanks has been putting himself against good competition over the last month, playing with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors in North Carolina and an aggressive competition at UW's camp.

UW's chances – High if they offer. It'll be interesting to see if UW will take a chance on Shanks, who is still developing but has a high ceiling. Shanks has told Badger Nation a couple times that he would love to play at Wisconsin, which he has been to three times for unofficial visits. The Badgers have not had success with scholarship offers to developing big men (J.P. Gavinski and Ian Markolf), so it'll be interesting to see how UW approaches his recruitment.

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