Wisconsin basketball in pursuit of a former Ohio State transfer forward

Wisconsin basketball is in pursuit of former Ohio State transfer forward Zed Key, according to a report on X.

Key entered the portal this month after four years with the Buckeyes. He played just 15.4 minutes per game in 2023-24, with averages of 6.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.6 blocks on 50% shooting from the floor.

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The experienced big man was an ascending talent entering this past season. His numbers improved every year at Ohio State until 2023-24. His breakout 2022-23 season included averages of 10.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.0 blocks on 55% shooting.

Key has reportedly heard from Wisconsin, Xavier, Minnesota, Boston College, Dayton, VCU, Akron and Murray State. There is a natural connection with the Badgers, as Greg Gard and his staff were in strong pursuit of the 6-foot-7 forward during the 2020 recruiting cycle. Key chose Ohio State in the end, but Wisconsin was involved for the entirety of the process.

Key would help fill the void left by the departures of A.J. Storr (transfer portal) and Tyler Wahl (graduation). He isn’t a top-of-the-country talent, but he’d bring a track record of dependable play at the Big Ten level.

For more on Wisconsin’s roster and transfer portal activity, check out Badgers Wire’s ongoing 2024 transfer portal tracker.

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