Tokoto: "That was Special for Me"

With both schools having offered him a scholarship. J.P. Tokoto, rated the top shooting forward in the country, was interested in taking a closer look at both the Blue Devils and the Badgers when the two schools squared off Wednesday night. What he saw was a victory for the home team that made a solid impression on him and his family.

MADISON - When you are a five-star recruit and ranked the number one shooting forward in the country by, you don't have to worry about getting tickets to the biggest basketball game of the season.

Menomonee Falls sophomore J.P. Tokoto had been looking forward to this match-up for months and, sitting five rows behind the UW's bench with his father, the outcome didn't disappoint.

"It was very, very exciting stuff," Tokoto told Badger Nation after the game. "Duke was a very good team and Wisconsin showed that they can hang with the best of them. They played as a team, everybody showed up and it was really good."

Taking an unofficial visit, Tokoto was able to spend time with former McDonalds All-American/UW center Brian Butch, meet some of the other recruits and got to go in the locker room and meet the players and talk to the coaches after the big win.

"Everybody was really excited (as a team)," Tokoto said. "That was special for me."

It was a game full of highlights for Tokoto as he took a closer look at two of the many schools that have offered him an early scholarship (Wisconsin was the first school to offer after his freshman season, Duke offered in August).

"One of my highlights was Trevon Hughes coming down from the out-of-bounds play with less than two minutes, and the game was tight, and hitting the three with the game," Tokoto said. "That was a great play. In crunch time, that's pretty hard to do mentally."

Tokoto's Menomonee Falls Indians have started the season off 1-1 after losing to Milwaukee King, 65-65, in overtime in the City/Suburban Holiday Classic. Averaging 11 points per game, Tokoto, much like UW coach Bo Ryan is already focused on the next one.

"We're going to pick it up," he said. "We have a game Saturday night and we're going to bring it back."

Although he isn't able to come to next Saturday home game against Marquette (another school that has offered Tokoto), Tokoto and his family are planning on making Madison a frequent stop over the next basketball season.

"Yes," Tokoto said when asked if he was coming back. "We're going to come up at least two more times this season."

Badger Nation Top Stories