The Newest Badger Big Man Is Recruited

Bo Ryan recruits a Midwest center that will allow him to continue to have active post players in his offense. Jared Berggren, a 6'10" big men from Princeton, Minnesota is a soft-spoken man who is excited to be playing for Wisconsin.

The recruitment to replace current Badger big men has already found one replacement in Jared Berggren, a 6-foot-10 high school junior from Minnesota. He committed to attend UW-Madison in 2008 because he feels Wisconsin basketball is the "best overall program that I'll fit into the best for years to come."

He hopes to be able to "score some points down low in Bo Ryan's offense and step outside and hit some shots." In that regard he compares himself to current Badger Brain Butch because both are able to play down, while doing other things not typically required of big men. He believes the flexibility in Ryan's offense gives him many opportunities to show off his skills.

Berggren believes he will be successful as a Badger very quickly. He doesn't feel it will take long for him to fit the schemes that his future coach has designed. "Bo Ryan's swing offense works well inside and outside, as well as allowing big men to hit some shots in different places."

Berggren's high school team is 8-3 with him averaging around 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks per game and he hopes to bring a championship to his high school this year or the following.

The part of his game the he feels could use the most improvement would be "defensively guarding perimeter players because of their speed. But I do feel that it's easy to improve upon if I work hard enough." Being that he is only 220 lbs, he realizes that he needs to hit the weights frequently to build more muscle.

Because current Badgers Brian Butch, Greg Stiemsma and Jason Chappell are all juniors or above and will be leaving soon he thinks he will get playing time quickly. "I feel I will have a chance to play right away because those three will be gone by the time I get there."

He hopes to not become a redshirt freshman, but realizes it is his coach's decision. "If I keep working on my game and getting stronger than hopefully I won't be redshirted." Even if that does happen, he says he will stay the full four or five years to play for Wisconsin.

Coach Bo Ryan was a big influence in his decision to come to Wisconsin. Berggren says he met with Ryan at least five times, and will be given a full scholarship when he attends school. Berggren was also recruited by Purdue, Iowa State and his local state Minnesota. Overall, he feels the Wisconsin Badgers "have a better program for me and they have been more successful in years past. I feel I will be able to easily get along with the players on and off the court."

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