Commitment Impact - Khalil Iverson

Although the early signing period ended in November, the Wisconsin coaching staff kept turning over stones for athletic prospects with high upside. At Delaware (OH) Hayes High School, the Badgers found just what they were looking for in small forward Khalil McKenzie. BadgerNation breaks down the commitment.

Committed Over: Khalil Iverson committed to Wisconsin over offers from Bowling Green, North Florida, Penn State (at one time), Tennessee and Winthrop. He also was getting interest from Indiana and West Virginia.

Rated: Iverson is not currently ranked by Scout.com.

On Film: Iverson is a classic kid from Ohio who gets a lot of attention later in the process. Every year a guy or two from the state seems to have this happen. With Khalil, he is not a kid who this spring/summer I felt was a high-major kid. Now I haven't seen him this year, so if he is having a great season than things can change, but several coaches obviously saw him and really liked him this year, hence the offers.

The biggest thing with Khalil is he is a big time athlete. He is not a super skilled kid, but on the wing he can be athletic and absolutely make plays with energy, length and athleticism. He is a kid who I believe Bo Ryan thinks he can really develop and turn into a player as time goes on.

It will be interesting to monitor his development. I hope to either see him or get film in the near future so I can get a better evaluation, because clearly college coaches took a liking to him this winter. – National Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow

Recruiting Impact: Wisconsin had two scholarships at its disposal and a source close to the program told me that the talent in the Midwest in 2016 is very poor. Trying to avoid going into the next recruiting cycle with multiple scholarships, the Badgers took a chance on a small forward they’ve been monitoring since the summer who has tremendous work ethic, raw athleticism, takes coaching well and a good base in fundamentals.

The Badgers currently have one scholarship remaining they could use for 2015. Who could they possible target? (insert sarcasm here) The basketball recruiting world continues to wait for Whitefish Bay Dominican senior center Diamond Stone – a five-star recruit ranked the No.2 center and the No.4 overall prospect in the country by Scout.com – to make his decision. Stone named Connecticut, Maryland, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin as his finalists in the fall. Since then he’s kept things very close to the vest, not hinting at things one way or the other, taking any visits or having a decision timeline.

Quotable: “It paid off tremendously (waiting to sign until the spring) because I knew with how hard I work on my game that there would be other opportunities for me to get better looks or offers. I just waited and it paid off big with Wisconsin.” – Iverson

Final Thought: Another under-the-radar, up-and-coming recruit with a good fundamental base has committed to Wisconsin. Where have we heard this before? Like Clarksville (MD) forward Charlie Thomas, Iverson is the kind of player Ryan and company can mold into something special. Furthermore, seeing UW continue to pull players out of the state of Ohio is always a welcomed site.


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