An Immediate Impact

Few players at the high school level care as much about their defensive abilities as scoring, running and dunking. Maybe that's why 2011 Ohio shooting forward Markus Crider is becoming such a hot topic among BCS schools like Wisconsin.

MADISON - The early signing period for the 2010 class is just around the corner and the Wisconsin men's basketball team is putting the finishing touches on their recruiting class. In the meantime, Wisconsin has begun to turn its attention to possible recruits for the class of 2011. Small forward Markus Crider from Wayne High (Huber Heights, Ohio) is one of the main targets for the Badgers.

Wisconsin began recruiting Crider towards the end of his freshman year of high school and associate coach Greg Gard has continued recruiting the talented wing, even visiting the talented three-star shooting forward last week Thursday. The Badgers have officially extended a scholarship offer to Crider and appear to be extremely interested in his services.

"(They said) that I would fit into their system, they need me and I could come in and make an impact," Crider told Badger Nation.

Crider stated that UW has a number of desirable qualities in a program including being close to home, having a great system, and boasting a couple of current NBA players as alumnae.

Additionally, Crider stated that he will be taking an unofficial visit to Wisconsin in two weeks and that besides Wisconsin; he is being recruited by a number of schools including Ohio State, DePaul, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Illinois and has three offers from Akron, Dayton and Wright State.

As his recruitment heats up, Crider is looking for a team that is willing to play up-tempo while also being stout defensively. Crider himself feels that he can bring a diverse set of skills to whichever program he decides to choose.

"I like to run, play fast-paced basketball and still have a good defense," he said. "I like to play focused and strong on defense but (still) under control on offense. I have a good basketball IQ; I can play multiple positions and I can affect any aspect of the game."

Lastly, it appears that Crider will take his time and although he does not have a precise list of favorites, he does seem to think fondly of Wisconsin.

"I would like to commit somewhere in the middle of my senior year," he said. "Right now I do not have too many favorites, but if I had to pick some favorites Wisconsin would be up there."

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