Spending the staff with the staff, current players and future players, not to mention seeing what Camp Randall Stadium looks like for a night football game, Days could pick out nothing wrong with his weekend in Madison.
“The main thing for me would be the atmosphere because the students really showed love to the sports scene,” Days told BadgerNation. “They really come out the support the team. That’s the main thing that stood out to me.”
An early four-star recruit, Days, 15, is considering to be the top ranked in-state player in the 2019 class and one of the top 15 players nationally. It’s part of the reason why the Badgers offered him so early.
His excitement over that scholarship offer is still there nearly a month later: it’s still his pinned tweet on Twitter.
Although associate head coach Lamont Paris is the main recruiter, Days continues to develop a strong relationship with head coach Greg Gard.
“Coach Gard seems like a down-to-earth guy to me,” Days said. “The system that he is going to be using this year, to me, seems pretty effective. I’m pretty sure they’ll be pretty deeper this year, too. They’re all regular guys.”
The same could be said about the Wisconsin commits he interacted with on his visit.
“Of course they were trying to (have me commit), but they were really cool about it,” Days said. “They were really down-to-earth guys. I didn’t know Brad (Davison) before that day and I didn’t know Nathan (Reuvers) too well, but I got to know them better. I know Tyler (Herro) and Kobe (King) and I got to talk with them all night. It was real fun.”
A role player on Park’s 22-3 team a year ago, Days averaged 6.2 points on 50 percent shooting from the field a season ago.
“I can play multiple games, learn how to adapt to different situations and different offenses,” he said. “Whatever it is, I can fit in anybody’s system.
“My biggest strength would be a defensive preference and probably a facilitator right now. I am trying to show more of my offensive game so I can become a more complete player, more defense, more scoring presence for my team than I have put forth.”
Holding additional offers from DePaul, Illinois and Marquette, Days said he’s looking for two main things when he picks a school in a couple years: a competitive program with solid academics and a coaching staff he feels comfortable with.
“It was just really, really humbling for me as first,” Days said. “The average person can’t get offers from multiple schools as a sophomore. It was just really neat for me.”
Even at a young age, Days has already crossed paths with some pretty impressive professional basketball players. He’s known 14-year N.B.A. veteran Caron Butler – a fellow Racine native - for four years and has picked his brain on fitness and work ethic needed to make it at the next level.
He also played against Milwaukee Bucks star forward Jabari Parker during a scrimmage at Marquette in June, getting a first-hand look at the athleticism and skill set needed to thrive on the big stage.
“Basically it’s hard work, hard work, hard work,” Days said. “You can tell that’s the main thing they put in. To be in the position that they are in, playing on the highest level of basketball, hard work really does pay off. What happens when you work hard, it benefits you. When you slack off, it doesn’t.”
Days said he plans to visit Northwestern next but doesn’t have a date scheduled.