On Saturday, it appears that emerging player is 6-7 Beaver Falls (PA) small forward Sheldon Jeter.
"I've been in contact with Coach Paris and Wisconsin since the summer, but then they were only kind of interested in me," Jeter told Badger Nation Saturday after breaking the news to Fox's Ben Weixlmann. "Once my season started, the interest really started to pick up."
His stats haven't changed much since his sophomore season (still averaging between 15-16 points per game), but the reason Jeter feels he is getting late attention is because of his improvements in defense. A focus point for him over the last year to elevate his defense to the level of what a Division 1 player should be, Jeter said it's been about confidence in his abilities, illustrating the point that he took a good charge in a recent game instead of backing down or showing bad technique that would have resulted in a foul.
"I've really showed how much I have matured as a player, both mentally and physically," said Jeter. "I have been trying to become a better play and do different aspects to improve my game. It's shown in my steal, blocks and my defense against some of the best players on the other team."
It's shown to Paris, too. Watching Jeter work out on Saturday, the UW assistant spoke with Jeter first before talking with his dad and his coach, revealing to them that UW wanted to offer a scholarship.
"I was really excited about the offer," said Jeter. "He's come to my school twice and we've gotten a long well."
Jeter says he has over a half dozen offers but his top three (in order) are Wisconsin, Penn State and Northeastern. After visiting Penn State yesterday for a visit for its home game against Indiana, Jeter said he wants to visit Wisconsin for the first time by the end of the month.
"I really want to make my decision after the season," said Jeter. "That's my plan right now, but that could change. I am looking forward to talking to Coach Ryan and seeing the campus."