Bo Ryan and his staff has been getting around and evaluating plenty of prospects since the end of the 2014 season, especially Gahanna (OH) Lincoln junior center Nick Ward. The big man received good news tonight when assistant coach Lamont Paris told him they were extending an offer out to him.
“Wisconsin called me and told me that they were offering me,” Ward told BadgerNation. “My reaction was very thankful for the offer and very happy for it. I’m very interested in Wisconsin.”
Part of that interest comes from one of Ward’s teammates. Matthew Moyer – a three-star junior power forward at Lincoln – was a big target of the Badgers until he committed to Syracuse in early August. Some of that excitement about the Wisconsin program as leaked over to the 6-8, 235-pound Ward, who like Moyer has developed a strong relationship with assistant coach Lamont Paris.
“I talked to Coach Lamont Paris and we have been talking for a while,” said Ward. “Our relationship is pretty good. Actually it is a great relationship. We talk about life and basketball at the same time. It all depends because it is different, but I like him.”
Ranked the No. 17 ranked center in the 2016 class and a three-star recruit by Scout.com, Ward holds additional offers from Iowa, Kansas State, Liberty, Miami, Michigan State, Missouri, Western Kentucky, and Xavier. At the moment, Ward stands with no team on the top of his leaderboard, especially since more suitors looking to possibly enter the picture.
“I don’t have a top list or anything,” said Ward. “I will be taking some visits this year, but I don’t know where yet. Wisconsin will get one when I take some visits. I am now hearing from UCLA and Tennessee. I like both of those schools.”