There’s no secret that Wisconsin basketball has thoroughly reaped the benefits of recruiting the state of Minnesota, from players like Jared Berggren and Jordan Taylor to 2017 commits Brad Davison and Nathan Reuvers. Although the Badgers scholarships are limited in 2018, Wisconsin continues to recruit Long Lake (MN) Orono small forward Jarvis Thomas.
While the interest with the Badgers has been sporadic, Thomas has always been interested in playing for the Badgers and says Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard and assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft have talked to him about making a visit to Madison, where he’d be able to see the facilities and campus life.
That will happen June 16-17 when his AAU team will attend the Badgers’ team camp, where Thomas will be able to showcase his skills in front of all the coaches and team.
“I like Wisconsin because it’s kind of like home, but it’s not home,” Thomas told BadgerNation. “It’s a really good school educationally, which is very important to me.”
The 6-6, 205-pound Thomas says he prefers to play a more fast-paced style, which could differ from Wisconsin’s typical swing offense and its commitment to strong defensive play.
Other schools have taken note of Thomas’s abilities on the court. Arizona State, Cal State, Green Bay, Iowa State, Marquette, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Oregon State, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest have all offered him.
He added that Butler, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Xavier have started recruiting him after a strong spring on the AAU circuit, one that has delivered a number of highlight reel dunks and athletic plays.
“Our team has been doing really well,” Thomas said. “We’re ranked number one right now, so we’re feeling pretty good. I’d say I definitely feel I’ve stepped up my playing a little more this season.”
Not planning on making his decision for a few months, Thomas is looking for his home away from home and a school that will challenge him academically.
“I’m really hoping for a good relationship with my future coach,” Thomas said. “I also want to know that I’m playing with other teams and teammates that are good morally, and they don’t just focus on how well you play.”