Kevin Gullickson to walk on at Big Ten school
Kevin Gullickson, a 6-foot-6 center/power forward from Stillwater (MN) High, committed to UW after a recent meeting with the Badger coaching staff. He averaged 15.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as he led Stillwater to a 22-6 mark and 13-1 mark in the Suburban East.
Gullickson played this summer as a member of the Minnesota Magic AAU team. He was named a Pioneer Press All-State Boys Basketball honorable mention selection.
How did you come to the decision to walk-on at Wisconsin?
"I talked to the coaches. They said if I wanted the spot, I got it."
Assistant coach Greg Gard saw you play when he was in the Twin Cities to also visit with St. Thomas Academy junior Bryce Webster, right? When was that?
"That was in the middle of October. He came down and watched me in our open gym.
You had offers from several schools. What was that appealed to walking-on at Wisconsin?
"Playing at the highest level and if I had the chance to do it, I might as well."
What schools did you visit?
"I visited Penn and Cornell over a four-day weekend during Halloween and went to Holy Cross the first weekend in October."
What other schools did you hear from?
"Albany, Siena, Princeton, Columbia, Lipscomb and Wofford."
What schools offered you?
"Albany, Siena, Lipscomb, Holy Cross and Wofford."
What do see as your strengths as a player?
"I feel that I'm pretty versatile. I'm comfortable with my back to the basket and facing the basket in the low post. I think that I have a decent jump shot and I can play on the perimeter if I want."
What are your goals for this season?
"Our goal is to definitely make it to the state tournament. I think that we have a better team this year and better defense."
Stillwater will need to get past Oakdale (MN) Tartan in the Section 3 playoff. Tartan has won six straight Section championships and has made the state tournament seven straight seasons. Gullickson is hoping that the Ponies, which also wear Red and White, can break that streak.
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