MADISON - Chicago Whitney Young Magnet junior shooting guard Skyler Nash has yet to visit the University of Wisconsin for a basketball game in the Kohl Center. But after being one of 79,000-plus to experience Wisconsin’s football at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday, Nash can only imagine what a home basketball game is a couple blocks away.
“Talking with the coaches, they pushed on how they led the Big Ten in attendance the last couple years and you can see how excited the fans are,” Nash told BadgerNation. “They aren’t necessarily just excited about football, but about Wisconsin sports. Obviously with their recent success, they get the sense that when the lights are on, it’s packed and jumping in there. I can imagine what (basketball games) are like.
“I really enjoyed myself. “I think Madison is definitely one of the best college towns in the country. They have great fans. Everybody seems to really excited about Wisconsin and the school, not just the football or basketball team. Everybody seems really excited to be there. “
Having made few campus visits because of a busy schedule, the 6-4, 205-pound Nash said Madison was a priority stop for him on a number of levels. Nash’s mother’s family was rooted in capital of city for a number of years, as Nash’s mom briefly attended Wisconsin, her birth father played football and track for the Badgers and her grandparents lived in the city.
“My grandparents were working in Madison for the longest time,” said Nash, adding they now live outside Milwaukee in Shorewood. “It’s pretty crazy.”
The visit was also important for Nash to continue building his relationship with associate head coach Greg Gard and the rest of the staff.
“My relationship with Coach Gard is going well,” said Nash. “It’s the first time we’ve really been able to sit down and have face-to-face conversations and really get a feel for each other. We’ve been talking over the phone a lot and exchanging texts. My relationship with him is pretty strong but meeting Coach Paris and getting to know him, he’s a really cool guy. I would say I am developing a really strong relationship with the coaching staff. I’m looking forward it to getting stronger throughout the year.”
With head coach Bo Ryan needing to fly out Saturday afternoon for an event, Nash didn’t get much of a chance to talk about what he needed to do to earn a scholarship from the Badgers. Wisconsin has only one known offer to a projected guard in the 2016 class (four-star Payton Pritchard from West Linn, OR).
“That would be a better conversation to have with Coach Ryan in attendance,” said Nash. “I am looking to get back there for a basketball game and I know they are planning to come down to see an open gym.”
Holding his only offer from Kansas State, Nash is also getting interest from Creighton, DePaul, Indiana, Iowa State, Purdue, Xavier and other Big Ten schools. Nash visited Michigan for a football game last fall and says he’s trying to schedule visits to Iowa State and Kansas State.
“Madison is nice because I can drive up and be back in a day and not miss anything,” said Nash. “With those other schools, a lot of planning needs to take place. If it doesn’t happen soon, it’ll have to wait until a little later in the year.”