Oglesby, Tuttle on UW Radar

Wisconsin had little success recruiting the state of Iowa until senior guard Jason Bohannon decided to cross state lines. Now the Badgers are heading back to the Hawkeyes state in hopes of grabbing more talent.

MADISON - With the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team continuing to take advantage of the favorable early schedule for Badger home football games, the Badgers hosted Josh Oglesby and Seth Tuttle for the Michigan State football game. Oglesby and Tuttle are teammates in the Iowa Barnstormers AAU program led by founder and Head Coach Jamie Johnson.

Johnson shed light on the visit Oglesby and Tuttle took to Madison and what course their respective recruitments are taking. The Badgers first noticed Oglesby and Tuttle back in July during the open evaluation period and assistant coach Gary Close has been their primary contact ever since.

Individually, Coach Johnson has two players with unique and diverse skill sets.

"Oglesby is the number one rated player in his class in Iowa, Antonio Curry from Wisconsin has him ranked somewhere in the 90's for the 2011 class (nationwide). I think Wisconsin sees him as a Jason Bohannon type player, a guy who can play either guard spot, a player who can shoot the ball well and who is also a tremendous passer and playmaker."

"Seth is a 6-8 kid who is really strong around the basket. He is more athletic than people give him credit for and is a good rebounder with a mean streak, he is willing to do the dirty work, has really good hands, can play above the rim and is fairly skilled away from the basket. Coaches will see his outside game more over the next year, we played him inside this year out of necessity but we plan to play him more on the outside next year because he can hit the pull up jumper and put the ball on the floor."

The Iowa connection appears to have been strengthened with Jason Bohannon spurning his hometown Hawkeye's to don the cardinal and white.

"Prior to their visit, Jason Bohannon was a big factor," Johnson told Badger Nation. "Jason is kind of a legend to the kids around here over the last few years. He was definitely a big name around here when they were in middle school and early high school and now they see him with his success at Wisconsin and on TV and they knew Wisconsin was good and with Bohannon having success they know a kid form Iowa can do great things."

The visit proved to confirm the positive things Oglesby and Tuttle had felt about the Badgers and also gave them a chance to see a different side of Bo Ryan.

"They knew about the strong track record and recent history but once they got there, they were blown away by the facilities. They were really impressed by everything in there especially the weight room and academic advising center right in the Kohl Center. They showed us a video that talked about the program since Coach Ryan got there, and Coach Ryan had everyone come into his office and told stories that made everyone laugh and feel comfortable with him. They also enjoyed seeing the fans and how the people from Wisconsin really support the badgers, they walked a way with a really positive impression in their mind."

The Badgers have yet to offer a scholarship to either player but Johnson suspects that Oglesby is the higher priority of the two and that he fits in better in terms of position breakdowns over the next few years. Although the Badgers have yet to indicate whether or not they will offer the more highly-regarded Oglesby a scholarship, Johnson said the Badgers interest in Oglesby is mutual. Aside from the Badgers, both players have received recruiting interest from a variety of schools around the country.

"Josh has got more interest, he already has some mid major offers, Indiana State, South Dakota State and Northern Iowa to name a few. A lot of the mid-major type schools have been in touch with him and said they are going to offer, whether or not it happens is still up in the air. Iowa State and Iowa are both recruiting him and Tennessee and Memphis have made inquires. He still needs to work on his body and he has started to lift weights, he is about 6-foot-5 and 175 pounds so he is hoping to add 10-15 pounds of muscle as he puts in work in the weight room and in advanced skill training."

Tuttle is also receiving heavy interest from mid-majors and is someone the Badgers will continue to monitor.

"Northern Iowa we think is about to offer him, they recently spoke to him and his family privately after a visit of his. Nevada, Missouri State and Creighton also are involved in his recruitment. He is kind of a kid who is coming on strong. By the time his junior year is over, he will have more offers and definitely by the end of July he will have a lot of opportunities."

As far as the Badgers interest in Tuttle is concerned, "It is more of a see what happens with him since he has grown four inches in the last year. He was the most improved player in our program this past year and he is someone that they will keep tabs on and get out to a game or two of his this year. He is a guy who I think they see as someone who might fit into what they are looking for, he is an emerging player in terms of recruiting, everything just kind of fast forwarded lately with him growing so late."

Neither Oglesby nor Tuttle has set a deadline for the end of their recruitment and while the two remain great friends on and off the court, Oglesby and Tuttle will not necessarily come as a package when they make their respective decisions.

"I know that they would like to (decide) if the right offer comes along, then yeah, it could happen anytime. It's all just starting for them and they are excited about all the possibilities when they read about schools that are recruiting them or when schools call or send them a letter. Neither one of them is in a rush, but who knows with teenage kids changing their minds, but if they get an offer they really like they might commit. "They have played with each other the last two years and are really good friends so I know they wouldn't mind playing together in college, but it is not imperative. If Josh feels a place is best for him, Seth doesn't have to go there and vice versa, one player's decision will not affect the other one's decision."

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