Bo Inks Four

Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan announces that Jared Berggren, Ian Markolf, Jordan Taylor and Robert Wilson have signed national letters of intent to attend the University of Wisconsin.

MADISON - Head men's basketball coach Bo Ryan announced Wednesday that high school seniors Jared Berggren, Ian Markolf, Jordan Taylor and Robert Wilson have signed national letters of intent to attend the University of Wisconsin and play basketball for the Badgers beginning in the fall of 2008.

Jared Berggren, a 6-10, 235-pound forward/center from Princeton, Minn., averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds per game while shooting 59.8 percent from the field as a junior, also collecting 150 blocked shots. He was named honorable mention all-state, first-team all-conference and academic all-conference last year. Minnesota Basketball News selected Berggren first-team all-state Class AAA last year while the St. Paul Pioneer Press named him second-team all-metro following his junior season. As a sophomore he was an all-conference and honorable mention all-state performer while earning academic all-conference honors.

"Jared's potential is limitless as he has continued to get better and better since we started recruiting him," Ryan said. "The first time we saw him in our team camp following his sophomore year he showed all the little things we look for in young players. He understands the game, passes well, can play either front line position and has developed his perimeter shooting to accompany his low post and rebounding abilities.

"We are extremely excited about Jared and the type of player he can be in our system as well as all the positive contributions he will bring to the University of Wisconsin aside from basketball. We have developed great relationships with a lot of people in the state of Minnesota and have had a lot of success with hard-working young men from there that have attended Wisconsin in the past. Past student-athlete positive experiences will continue to help the student-athletes coming in the future. He comes from a tremendous family, is a terrific student and is ecstatic about the University of Wisconsin and all the experiences he will have here. Badger fans everywhere will really enjoy watching Jared in the future."

Ian Markolf is a 7-1, 265-pound center from San Antonio, Texas. Recently named preseason first-team all-state by Texas Basketball Magazine, Markolf averaged 13 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game last season for Churchill High School. He was named first-team all-region by the Texas Basketball Coaches as well as first-team all-district last year. As a sophomore, Markolf was a first-team all-district choice.

"My coaching staff and I are ecstatic about having the opportunity to coach Ian," Ryan said. "He has a tremendous amount of talent with the best of his career yet to come. He is only touching the tip of the iceberg in terms of the type of player he can be in the future. He has tremendous size and brings a true low-post presence to the future of Wisconsin basketball. He is quite agile for his size, can rebound the basketball very well and is continually improving his expansion of his offensive game. Physically he is advanced for his age with extraordinary size and strength.

"Ian visited campus for the first time in June and just fell in love with the campus and the city of Madison. He is looking at majoring in engineering and was extremely impressed with the academic reputation that the university has. He was looking for a combination of one the nation's best basketball programs and a university that had a world-renowned reputation for top-shelf academics. Obviously our team's past successes got his immediate attention and had an immense impact. That success, combined with what he saw first-hand on campus, helped him with his decision. Our staff is excited to know the opportunities forthcoming with working with a quality individual and student-athlete like Ian and we're sure Badger fans will really enjoy watching him develop."

Jordan Taylor, a 6-1, 185-pound guard from St. Louis Park, Minn., was a second-team all-state selection by the Associated Press as a junior. He led Benilde-St. Margaret's High School to a Minnesota state Class AAA runner-up finish last year as he averaged 19.5 points, 6.2 assists and 5.5 rebounds. Taylor was named North Suburban Conference MVP and Class AAA All-Tournament. A three-time all-conference performer, Taylor averaged 20 points, 6.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds as a sophomore and was named honorable mention all-state. Taylor is a member of the National Honor Society and earned the Minnesota State High School League Outstanding Academic Achievement Award as a sophomore and junior.

"Jordan is an extremely sharp young man who understands the game and how to play his position," Ryan said. "We have followed Jordan and recruited him since he was a freshman at BSM and are elated to have him joining our program. He has helped lead his high school team to a lot of success since the day he set foot in Benilde-St. Margaret's High School. He is a winner who knows how to run a team and how to have a positive impact on the game without having to score a lot of points.

"Jordan has wanted to be a Wisconsin Badger for a long time and has put in a lot of hard work and effort to work towards that goal. He's a great student who is seriously looking at majoring in business. Our long-standing relationship, success of the basketball program and national acclaim of the business school gave Jordan and his family a sense of comfort and helped him come to the conclusion that this was the best place for him to continue his education and basketball career. He has a presence and moxie about him that Wisconsin fans around the country will enjoy watching develop during his career as a Badger."

Robert Wilson is a 6-4, 185-pound guard/forward from Garfield Heights, Ohio. He averaged 17 points 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a junior. He earned all-conference honors last season while shooting 48 percent from the floor and 38 percent from 3-point range.

"Rob brings a very good feel for the game, court sense and athleticism to our program," Ryan said. "He is a great young man who in the past nine months has just exploded onto the national scene. We had identified Rob as a player with tremendous potential two years ago and it has been great to see him blossom into one of the nation's better players. His high school coach, Sonny Johnson, had played against our teams during his career and knew with Rob's versatility and work ethic, he would be a great addition to our program. He can play multiple perimeter positions and has an ever-improving scoring ability that will allow him to do a lot of good things in our system. Defensively, he is long, wiry, and active, and is just touching the tip of the iceberg with regards to the havoc he can create for our opponents in the future. Rob has the potential to have a very successful future as a Wisconsin Badger and it will be a treat to work with him on a daily basis to help him reach his goals.

"Rob and his Mom visited campus in June after he had committed and they absolutely loved everything about our campus and Madison. Our staff is elated to have Rob, with all the potential he possesses, joining our team next year. With added strength, experience and hard work, Rob will have Badger fans around the country smiling."


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