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With one open scholarship remaining, it appears the Wisconsin Badgers are not content with sitting on it any longer. Possessing solid outside shooting abilities and a knack for being physical in the paint, it was obvious that Illinois guard-forward Duje Dukan deserved a Wisconsin scholarship.

MADISON - From the 2008 recruiting class, it appears Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan and assistant coach Howard Moore struck gold in finding late bloomer Ryan Evans.

For the 2010 class, the Badgers are hoping lighting strikes twice in Deerfield forward Duje Dukan.

A 6-foot-8 senior, Dukan ranks as one of the top 2010 basketball prospects in the state of Illinois after averaging 18 points, nine rebounds, shooting near 46 percent from three-point shooter and around 80 percent from the free-throw line his junior year.

"He's a phenomenal shooter and he's a very skilled player that can make plays," Dukan's AAU Coach Steve Pratt told Badger Nation. "He can handle the ball, pass the ball and shoot the ball very well."

Holding current scholarship offers from Arizona State, New Mexico, George Washington and William and Mary, the Badgers offers Dukan over the weekend and invited him to UW's exhibition opener against Bemidji State, where Dukan witnessed a 90-54 UW victory.

Dukan has already visited George Washington and New Mexico and will visit Arizona State this weekend.

Duje is the son of Iviac Dukan, who played for 15 years with the Yugoslavian National Team and the European club level and is currently the Chicago Bulls supervisor of European scouting.

Much like his father, Dukan can do a lot of things really well on the basketball court.

"I ran him as a point/forward, but he can handle the ball, play the point, run him off the screens and … do everything," Pratt said. "He does it all. He's a wonderful kid that loves the game, loves people and loves doing what he does."

Already a solid shooter, Pratt is confident that Dukan isn't even close to hitting his peak yet. With a frame that continued to expand and having seen him already put on added strength, Dukan could be another under-the-radar prospect that will bring big dividends to his college choice.

"His ball handling and closing ability on defenders has gotten much better," Pratt said. "He's gotten a lot stronger, which has helped. He hit four shots from the first row sitting down yesterday. He's got unbelievable range and absolutely loves the game."


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