At the foundation of Wisconsin's rare rebuilding year in men's basketball will be a pair of freshmen from Minnesota, point guard Brad Davison (Maple Grove) and forward Nathan Reuvers (Lakeville North).
Minnesota high school stars going to the Badgers is nothing new. It stings the fans a bit, but this year won't hurt quite as much because the Gophers are supposed to be good.
But what will Gophers fans be saying four years from now?
Davison is already getting rave reviews.
“He’ll be a very good leader,” Badgers head coach Greg Gard told The Daily Cardinal in Madison, Wisconsin. “He’ll take on what he earns, but he does have all the traits of some very good leaders that we’ve had here. Where that goes, time will tell.”
It's unclear how much Reuvers will play as a true freshman, but he was the highest rated recruit in Wisconsin's 2017 class.
Davison and Reuvers are just two members of what was a very strong Class of 2017 in Minnesota.
Gary Trent Jr. at Duke
The five-star recruit played his senior year of high school at a prep school in California, and he's part of the No. 1 recruiting class in the country at Duke. But because Duke also landed a few other top 15 recruits, Trent isn't getting as much attention, even though he's been, arguably, the most efficient of the five-star recruits.
According to Ball Durham, Trent averaged 18.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in exhibition games, making 14-of-22 shots, 5-of-11 3s and 4-of-5 free throws.
Minnesotans interested in seeing him play should tune in to ESPN on Tuesday night, Nov. 14 when No. 1 Duke takes on No. 2 Michigan State.
Jericho Sims at Texas
Meanwhile, Minneaopolis native and Christo Rey Jesuit High star, Jericho Sims, is already being called a "freak of nature" for the Texas Longhorns, as noted by The Daily Texan.
“Jericho brings athleticism,” Longhorns head coach Shaka Smart said. “He’s 240 pounds as a freshman. The game’s going so fast for him. As it slows down in time, he’s going to be a really good player for us.”
Theo John at Marquette
The 6'9'', 245-pound former Champlin Park power forward is expected to be the Golden Eagles' first big man off the bench.
Interestingly, John says college basketball has, so far, proven to be a better fit for him.
“It’s a huge adjustment for me. I’m finding it much easier (now that) I’m allowed to use my body in the college game," John told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I’m loving it so far. Right now it’s just breaking old habits on touching people on defense and being physical.”
Race Thompson (Robbinsdale Armstrong)is unlikely to get a lot of early playing time at Indiana because he didn't arrive on campus until the start of the semester, the Indy Star recently reported.
McKinley Wright (Champlin Park) is expected to be part of a three-guard lineup at Colorado, and he's likely going to play a lot, according to the Denver Post.