Running with the Wolves - Part II

Having one of the best AAU programs in the Midwest in terms of talent and exposure, it's a common occurrence for Head Coach Mike Mullins to deal with dozens of head and assistant coaches from high-powered programs all over the country. Badger Nation talks with Mullins about a couple kids on Wisconsin's long-distance recruiting radar.

MADISON - The Illinois Wolves AAU basketball program, led by head coach Mike Mullins, has established itself as one of the premier AAU programs in the Midwest. The Wolves continue to produce college basketball players at a high rate, a list that includes current Illinois star Demetri McCamey and Ohio State phenom Evan Turner as players to have come through their program. Consequently, many schools throughout the country have attempted to establish a pipeline for future Wolves stars.

The Wisconsin Badgers are one of the programs hoping to continue building upon their relationship with the Illinois Wolves and have already managed to land former Wolves star and incoming Badger freshman Diamond Taylor. Additionally, the Badgers have already offered juniors-to-be Chasson Randle and Nnanna Egwu and are recruiting sophomore-to-be Jacob Williams and sophomore-to-be Bobo Drummond, all of which suit up for the 16u Illinois Wolves squad. The Badgers recruiting efforts within the Wolves program have been led by assistant coaches Greg Gard and Howard Moore.

In the second of a two-part series, Badger Nation basketball recruiting analysis Michael Langlois talks with program head coach Mike Mullins regarding Williams and Drummond, two up-and-comers on the recruiting scene.

2011 wing Jacob Williams

According to Mullins, Jacob is receiving heavy interest from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Purdue, Providence and Miami Fl., as well as a slew of other high major schools.

Badger Nation: What should we know about Jacob?

Mike Mullins: Jacob is an athletic 6-5 scoring two guard or small forward, who didn't play high school ball this year because he transferred. He has a lot of upside and had a great spring for us and we are looking for him to have a big July as well. He is another high major player for us.

2012 point guard Bobo Drummond

Bobo is playing two years up with the 17U Illinois Wolves and is from Peoria Central High School.

Badger Nation: What interest is Bobo receiving from Wisconsin?

Mike Mullins: Bobo is also receiving interest from the Badgers and Howard Moore has been his lead recruiter.

Badger Nation: What other schools are recruiting Bobo the hardest?

Mike Mullins: Illinois already offered and most of the Big Ten is heavily recruiting him.

Badger Nation: What are Bobo's biggest strengths on the court?

Mike Mullins: Bobo is a very tough player. Peoria is known for having great guards with guys like Shaun Livingston and Frank Williams. He (Bobo) has tremendous court vision and sees the floor two or three plays ahead, which is very rare for a player his age.

Badger Nation: Similar to Chasson Randle and Nnanna Egwu, are Drummond and Williams also capable of making an impact at the next level?

Mike Mullins: Yes, both he (Bobo) and Jacob will be ready to contribute early on in their college careers.

Lastly, I asked Mullins if current Badger and former Wolves player Diamond Taylor had been in contact with any current Badger targets within the Wolves program.

"We stay in touch with most of our former players, I know he loves it at Wisconsin and is just getting acclimated himself. He is adapting right now and focused on learning the game of college basketball and going to summer school. When some of the players maybe go visit and attend a football game in the fall, I'm sure Diamond can privately grab their ear for a minute."

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