MADISON - By the time his flight finally landed Saturday afternoon, No.5 Wisconsin had already successfully dispatched Minnesota for its 10th straight win. While it would have been nice to get a feel for what a Kohl Center crowd is like at his future home, getting a chance to hang out with his future teammates was more than enough for Delaware (OH) Hayes small forward Khalil Iverson.“It was very fun,” Iverson told BadgerNation about his official visit. “I hung out with Nigel (Hayes) a little bit, Vitto (Brown) and some of the other players on the team. They were all cool…They are all silly and they mess around with each other. You can tell they are very close. When you have a team that is very close and hardworking, you know you’re going to have a lot of success. It’s showing with how they play.”
Taking his official visit with his mom and older brother, the 6-5, 195-pound Iverson spent Saturday afternoon walking around campus, eating and doing a little shopping.
“We had to go to the store and get ourselves some Wisconsin gear,” said Iverson.
That preceded having dinner with the coaches and getting a campus tour from associate head coach Greg Gard Sunday to help build relationships.
“It was nice to be around all the coaches at one time,” said Iverson. “We had dinner, we talked and had a very fun time. Everyone was just excited for the moment. I was happy to be there and the coaches were happy to have me there, as well.”
The visit put a cap on a whirlwind month for Iverson in his recruitment. He was offered by the Badgers Feb.4 and committed eight days later. He was apparently relieved by his decision that he registered a triple-double (14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists) in his first game as a committed prospect, doing it in only three quarters.
“It changed a lot after I committed, that big weight just came off me,” said Iverson. “I didn’t have where I was going to go on my mind anymore. I was just out there playing and having fun with my teammates.”
Although he won’t be able to experience the excitement of a Wisconsin home game until he’s in uniform, Iverson is hopeful that he can make the short trip to Columbus with his brother to watch the Badgers play Ohio State in the regular season finale March 8.
“We’re going to try and get some tickets,” said Iverson.