MADISON – The appeal of playing for Wisconsin was a huge selling point to Edina (MN) High senior guard Walt McGrory, so much so that he turned down scholarships elsewhere for the opportunity to test himself at the Big Ten level.
Offered a walk-on spot for the Badgers this spring, McGrory accepted the Badgers preferred walk-on spot earlier this week and will join the team this summer.
“It was tough, but I knew it would be a challenge no matter where I chose, so I decided to see how far I could push myself,” McGrory told BadgerNation. “Wisconsin gives me the best opportunity to do that. Having full support from my family and others close to me helped make the decision even easier.”
The 6-3 McGrory is the lone walk-on in the 2017 class, but joins three scholarship players in guards Brad Davison and Kobe King and forward Nathan Reuvers and four other walk-ons. He also adds some depth for Wisconsin at a guard spot that is sorely lacking.
McGrory picked Wisconsin over scholarship offers from Brown, Drake, Furman, Maine and South Dakota State. He became sold on his choice during his visit on April 20th.
“I really enjoyed my visit,” he said. “From the coaches, to the facilities, to the players, everything impressed me. And it’s always been a goal of mine to play at a high level like Wisconsin, so this opportunity was too good to pass up.”
Recruited by assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft, the Badgers first reached out McGrory in the winter.
“It’s been great getting to know Coach Krabbenhoft!” McGrory said. “He’s been real genuine throughout the whole process. There are no egos with any of the coaches. They are all really personable people who I’m excited to play for.”
As a senior, McGrory averaged 22.9 points per game and scored over 2,000 points in his career.
“I’m a strong shooter who can also get into the lane and play make from there. I think because of my strength and vision on the court, I am prepared to be able to contribute to the team early on.”