Wisconsin basketball has had a number of changes this offseason, and more could be on the way. The Badgers have brought in arguably the biggest get of the Greg Gard era, had players transfer out, had a commit come and then decide to go elsewhere and are still in the hunt for a backup big.
As the dust settles in this late stage of the transfer portal, Wisconsin is being linked to a number of potential backup bigs, who have not yet decided on their destination.
Here is a look at where Wisconsin’s roster stands after a number of offseason moves:
Sophomore Guard Connor Essegian
It was a tremendous freshman campaign for Essegian, who will help lead Wisconsin’s offense in 2023-24. He started the final 19 games of the year while averaging 11.7 points per game and earning All-Big Ten freshman team honors.
Junior Guard Kamari McGee
McGee came over from UW Green Bay last season and played in all 30 games for Wisconsin off the bench in 2022-23.
Graduate Student Forward Tyler Wahl
It was an up and down year for Wahl as he led Wisconsin in 2022-23. This will be his fifth and final year in Madison, and the Badgers will need all they can get from the Minnesota native. Pay close attention to how his scoring at the rim looks; he had issues finishing in the paint at times last season.
Junior Guard Isaac Lindsey
Lindsey is a Wisconsin native who came to the Badgers from UNLV in 2021-22. The former walk-on earned a scholarship spot last season.
Senior Guard Max Klesmit
Max Klesmit played a pivotal role for Wisconsin on both ends in 2022-23. Often tasked with guarding the opponent’s best perimeter threat, Klesmit’s offense came to life late in the season. He will once again be a key contributor for a Badger team hoping to get back to the NCAA Tournament.
Redshirt-Freshman Guard Luke Haertle
Badger fans, what we think?? pic.twitter.com/hOY9GdzpP9
— Luke Haertle (@LukeHaertle) November 5, 2022
Haertle joined Wisconsin as a preferred walk-on in 2022-23. He took his redshirt year last season.
Senior Guard Justin Taphorn
Taphorn appeared in seven games as a freshman and five games as a sophomore.
Senior Forward Carter Gilmore
Gilmore projects to be in Wisconsin’s rotation for 2023-24. He played in all 35 games last season, started three and averaged 2.6 points per contest in just over 12 minutes.
Sophomore Guard Isaac Gard
That last name probably sounds familiar. Gard is the son of Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard, and he walked on to the team last season.
Sophomore Forward Chris Hodges
Hodges appeared in 14 games as a freshman last season, and scored his first points against Michigan State on Jan. 10. He took a redshirt season in 2021-22.
Senior Forward Steven Crowl
Crowl will be Wisconsin’s starting five man in 2023-24. The Minnesota native started all 35 games last season and averaged 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds in just over 30 minutes per game.
Junior Guard Chucky Hepburn
Wisconsin’s starting point guard will need to lead the way for the Badgers on both ends in 2023-24. The Nebraska native was All-Big Ten Honorable Mention last season, and averaged 12.2 points to co-lead the Badgers in scoring.
Sophomore Guard Ross Candelino
Candelino joined Wisconsin as a walk-on in 2022-23. The sophomore appeared in five games last season.
Junior Forward Markus Ilver
Ilver appeared in 18 games for Wisconsin last season. He scored a career-high 6 points against Dayton at the Battle For Atlantis.
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Freshman Guard John Blackwell
The Michigan native is a three-star combo guard in the 2023 class. 247Sports has him ranked as the third-best prospect in the state of Michigan.
Freshman Guard Jack Janicki
Wisconsin got another good one 💥💯
Excited to officially announce that Jack Janicki has signed on to be a Badger as part of our 2023 Signing Class
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) January 2, 2023
Janicki is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Minnesota. He chose Wisconsin over offers from Loyola-Chicago, Rice and Vermont among others.
Sophomore Guard AJ Storr
The biggest get in the Greg Gard era, Storr comes to Wisconsin by way of St. John’s. He averaged 8.8 points per game as a freshman last season and was a former four-star recruit.
Freshman Forward Nolan Winter
The skill level of 6-10 Nolan Winter (@NolanWinter5) makes him an intriguing inside/out threat. Jump shot is pure, can deck it with purpose, & footwork/touch on the block
— Jamie Shaw (@JamieShaw5) May 9, 2023
The 6-foot-10 versatile big is part of an exciting 2023 class in Madison.
Freshman Forward Gus Yalden
The top recruit in Wisconsin’s freshman class, Gus Yalden is finally coming to town. The “Gus Bus” should provide an immediate impact for a Wisconsin team in need of his versatile skills.