Chicago Whitney Young Magnet junior shooting guard Skyler Nash is a prospect that is starting to scratch the surface, but Wisconsin is well aware of him. Being recruited by assistant coach Greg Gard, Nash will be get an up-close look at Madison after setting up an unofficial visit to Madison on September 27.
“We were finally able to nail down a date that worked,” Nash told BadgerNation. “I have heard they have some of the rowdiest and most supportive fans in the country. I look forward to getting a chance to see that on the 27th.”
The Badgers have had moderate success in the Chicago area in the past, signing preseason All-American Frank Kaminsky, forward Duje Dukan and point guard George Marshall. Those prospects, however, were mostly recruited by Chicago native Howard Moore, who is entering his fifth season as head coach at Illinois-Chicago.
With all the talent in the area, it’s the main reason that Gard – arguably UW’s best recruiter – has been active in the area and building a good report with Nash.
“I think me and Coach Gard have a pretty decent relationship,” said Nash. “We just talk about my interest and knowledge on the school, my strengths as a player and just getting to know each other."
The 6-4, 205-pound versatile shooting guard owns one offer from Kansas State, but says that Iowa State, Michigan and Wisconsin are also among the group of schools he’s favoring early in the process. In addition to his relationship with Gard, Wisconsin stands out to Nash because of his grandparents living in Milwaukee.
“I would have family in the area,” said Nash. “The program has a long winning tradition and Coach Ryan is one of the best and most respected coaches in the nation.”
“I am very interested in Wisconsin,” he added. “If Wisconsin offered me, it would mean a lot. They are one of my top choices and I could definitely see myself there.”
Injured for the most part of last season with a severely sprained ankle, Nash is anxious to show college coaches what they missed last season.
“I am a big physical guard who can attack the basket and finish through contact, but stretch the floor with my jumper,” said Nash. “I can facilitate and rebound while creating offense through my defense.”
Wisconsin has one scholarship available for the 2016 class, but may bank one of the five scholarships available for the 2015 class.
Brice Marich contributed to this report