Boosting the Backcourt?

With the imminent graduation of senior guards Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes, the Wisconsin coaching staff recognizes the fact that they need solid young shooters to fill the void. With an outstanding outside touch, Deerfield guard-forward Duje Dukan could be that prospect.

MADISON - With The starting backcourt for the Wisconsin Badgers graduating after this season, the Badgers will be losing two of their best marksmen from behind the arc. With that in mind, the men's basketball coaching staff has begun looking for someone to provide a soft touch from the perimeter within the class of 2010. Their search led them to 6-foot-7 small forward Duje Dukan from Deerfield, Illinois.

Dukan began receiving interest from the Badgers in the beginning of October and has been primarily recruited by Howard Moore.

"They began recruiting me at the start of October," Dukan told Badger Nation Thursday night. "They first came and started talking to my AAU coach and my high school coach and then assistant coach Howard Moore came to an open gym of mine." The Badgers are intrigued with Dukan's ability to shoot from the outside and envision him in a role similar to Jason Bohannon's.

"Coach Moore is telling me that as of right now they are losing Jason Bohannon next year and they need someone to fill that role and get someone with shooting ability who can take his spot and that they can use my skills in other areas as well," said Dukan.

Dukan visited the Kohl Center last Wednesday for the exhibition game against Bemidji State and came away impressed.

"It went well," He said. "I got to meet with a professor, Coach Alvarez and had lunch with the coaching staff. I like Coach Ryan. I like his system and all of the players are good guys, all of their players play hard, and they share a common goal to win, I liked everything that I saw yesterday."

On the court, Dukan feels that his versatility is his strongest attribute.

"I can bring versatility, I can play multiple positions, I have the ability to shoot and handle the ball, I can cause match-up problems on offense and defensively I use my length to guard different positions. My style fits a fast paced system that values match-ups and I think that Coach Ryan does that."

Dukan will be looking to provide his unique skill set to a school that can provide excellence on a number of different levels.

"I am looking for something that is a good academic school, has a good basketball program and the coaches are personable and able to help both me reach my potential and the team be the best that it can be."

Dukan will be heading down to Arizona State this weekend to finish the last official visit on his schedule and is currently interested in Wisconsin, Arizona State, New Mexico, George Washington and William and Mary.

Dukan does not have any leaders right now and will have a better feel for where he is at after his visit to Arizona State.

"I will take the visit to Arizona State, sit down with my family and discuss where we are at and what we want to do, whether we want sign and commit now or sign and commit in the spring time."

Currently, Wisconsin has verbal commitments from Evan Anderson and Josh Gasser in the 2010 class.

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