Iverson Ready to Develop at Wisconsin

Knowing the program's tradition of winning and developing players, Delaware (OH) Hayes forward Khalil Iverson knew that playing college basketball at the University of Wisconsin and for head coach Bo Ryan was the best fit for him.

Khalil Iverson didn’t need to take his official visit to the University of Wisconsin next weekend to know the Badgers were the right school for him.

With members of the Wisconsin coaching staff flying down to Delaware (OH) Hayes high school on Thursday specifically for him, the 6-5, 195-pound Iverson decided that the Badgers were the right fit.

"(All the coaches coming down) played a very big part in it, because they were the first high major school to offer me, and for all the coaches to come within a week of offering me just showed me that they actually wanted me," Iverson told BadgerNation. "I just decided to make my decision."

Iverson became the fourth commit in Wisconsin’s 2015 signing class when he committed to Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan following his practice, joining guard Brevin Pritzl and forwards Alex Illikainen and Charlie Thomas, all of whom signed their letters of intent during the fall early signing period.

All those also got the same kind of treatment from the Wisconsin coaching staff that Iverson got Thursday, as the small forward was originally thinking just Ryan would be stopping by.

"Coach Gard and Coach Paris both being there, as well, gave me a good feeling," said Iverson. "I came to the conclusion that there's really no other school that has better player development than Wisconsin. Seeing what they've done with a couple of those guys that they have now and with what they're capable of doing, it just seems like the best play to go."

Iverson delivered the news personally to Ryan during a one-on-one conversation.

"I told Coach Ryan about it and the mood changed like that," said Iverson. "He was really excited and he kept hugging me, saying he can't wait to get me down there this year. Just the fact that I get to play for Coach Ryan, he's one of the best coaches ever."

Having previously visited Wisconsin for the school’s elite camp, Iverson said associate head coach Greg Gard told him that if he improved his perimeter shooting, ball handling and got a little stronger, he could be in line for a scholarship. When Gard came and watched Iverson go through a team practice on February 5, he was impressed enough to earn a Wisconsin scholarship.

"I think my ability to put the ball on the floor, attack the rim really hard and finishing through contact (impressed them)," said Iverson. "I'm also very physical. I can get around the rim and finish. I rebound the ball pretty well, and I'm a pretty good passer. Just being able to play on the perimeter and slash to the hoop and get other people open (is a strength)."

Iverson was also considering Tennessee, where he took a visit to and received an offer from Sunday. Iverson claimed other offers from Bowling Green, North Florida, Penn State and Winthrop, along with receiving interest from Indiana. He also took an unofficial visit to Ohio State last weekend, but now joins a roster that is expected to have two Ohio natives - Vitto Brown and Nigel Hayes - on its roster next season.

"There are a few guys from Ohio that are on the team, so I feel like I'll be able to connect with them," said Iverson. "There's already peopple from Ohio that I kind of know. It just seems like the best fit."

Averaging 16.1 points, 11.4 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 4.1 blocks and 2.8 steals per game, Iverson plans to sign his commitment letter in the spring during the signing period that begins April 13.

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