Now Wisconsin is looking to make even bigger waves with Chicago St. Rita junior shooting guard Charles Matthews, one of four high-profile recruits invited to Wisconsin on Sunday for an unofficial visit to watch the Badgers practice and prepare for their trip to Canada this week.
"It went very good," Matthews told Badger Nation regarding his visit. "I got the chance to meet the coaching staff, watch them practice and see the campus. I got to talk to all the assistant coaches and Coach Bo Ryan. I will tell you that Coach Ryan is a real cool dude. I had a conversation with him and he is someone (who) is very committed to the program.
"Coach Ryan was basically saying that they are very close to winning the national title and knowing that I want to win a national title, he said that with the pieces he has there and if I join on, then it would really happen."
Matthews would bring a dimension to Wisconsin the Badgers have not had under Ryan in years. At 6-4 and 185 pounds, Matthews is a five-star junior prospect and currently ranked No.3 in the country at his position by Fox Sports Next. He holds early offers from Arizona, DePaul, Illinois, Marquette, Providence and SMU and is classified as a big guard who can play multiple positions.
Matthews wasn't the only star that got the red carpet treatment this past weekend as Wisconsin natives Kevon Looney (five-star forward in the 2014 class) and Diamond Stone (five-star center in the 2015 class) were on hand along with three-star junior guard Aaron Jordan. Matthews felt that they had the same good vibe that resonated with him while on the trip.
"I got to also talk to Kevin Looney and Diamond Stone while I was on the visit," said Matthews. "I got a pretty good relationship with Diamond already. Me and Kevon have been building our relationship by seeing each other at camps and around the circuit. They were liking the visit a lot from what I could see."
Matthews has been receiving a lot of sales pitches since bursting on the scene last spring, but felt the Wisconsin campus sold itself.
"I would give it a 9 out 10," said Matthews. "The only reason I gave it a 9 was because I didn't get to see how it would be with students there and I didn't get to see a game, so I didn't really see the whole school atmosphere. Other than that I had a great time. I just loved the school."
Matthews still maintains that he has no leaders and that everyone is at an equal playing field, but plans on continuing visiting schools.
"I will be Michigan State this weekend and I am most definitely excited about that upcoming visit," said Matthews. "I am just excited about each and every visit now."
Matthews is not close to deciding on a school, but knows what factors he will be taking into consideration when he makes that final decision.
"My family and I are hoping I can make my decision by my birthday next year," said Matthews. "That would be right before the school season and everything. The factors when it comes time will be if I got a good relationship with the staff, do I like the school a lot, do I feel like I can play early there, do I got a good chance to win and will they help me reach my goal to play in the NBA."