With multiple scholarships to fill in the 2015 recruiting class and no current verbal commits, the Wisconsin basketball team has been keeping busy by getting visitors on campus and keeping in touch with some of their top targets, like Northfield (MA) Mount Hermon junior center Josh Sharma.
"I have been in contact with Wisconsin since they have offered," Sharma told BadgerNation. "I think I am one of their top priorities for their class of 2015 because that is what they tell me. I talk to Coach Close and I also talk to Coach Ryan. I talk to Coach Close the most. I really like him and I think he is a really good coach. He definitely comes down the most and I think he has already came to see me like five times. That definitely means a lot to me."
The 6-11, 215-pound athletic center holds a number of offers, but hasn't narrowed anything down or set up any visits in the coming weeks. Despite that, he knows Wisconsin remains high on his list because of the positive experience he had during his official visit in January.
"It is definitely exciting the attention Wisconsin is showing because I like them a lot since I took my official there," said Sharma. "I like everything about them. When I went to their game vs. Iowa, the fans showed a lot of support for the team and hanging out with the team was definitely a plus as well. When I took my visit there, I saw it is obviously a great school, great campus and have a great group of guys. I really like the coaching staff and the players and the school itself."
Planning to take some unofficial visits this spring, including a trip with his parents to the defending national champions at nearby UConn, and possibly take some more officials following the completion of the AAU circuit, Sharma would like to camp at Wisconsin and also possibly visit Illinois and Michigan.
Sitting as the No. 60 overall player in the 2015 class, the No. 15 ranked center and a four-star recruit by Scout.com, Sharma has an idea of what he is looking for in that ultimate school.
"I don't really have a list of factors that I will go down," said Sharma, "but I would say the main ones are the campus, the relationship between the coaches and the players, definitely the style of play and how they utilize their bigs is important."