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Badgers basketball gets commit from 2018 PG Tai Strickland

Wisconsin adds athletic and versatile point guard with final scholarship available for the 2018 class.

The 2018 Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball recruiting class appears to have its final piece in place.

On Tuesday afternoon 2018 point guard Tai Strickland announced his commitment to the Badgers via Twitter.

The son of former NBA star Rod Strickland made his choice after narrowing down his choices to UW, Minnesota and Rutgers.

Only Wisconsin and Rutgers had received visits prior to his announcement and the Badgers came away from his visit to Madison confident they had the point guard they were looking for. Minnesota was supposed to receive a visit from Strickland on April 6th, but it appears that won’t be happening after today’s announcement.

The 6-2, 180-pound guard played on one of the better backcourts in Florida and showcased an assist-first and shoot second mentality. He also used a strong second half of the AAU summer season and great first half of his senior year in high school to get the attention of major schools.

Patience paid off for Strickland, now can he help give the Badgers the depth and spark they need in the backcourt? He certainly brings a level of athleticism that is badly needed overall in UW’s backcourt.

It’s likely that he won’t be needed right away, as there are plenty of returning parts in the backcourt and there will be the addition of Trevor Anderson, who transferred from Green Bay this past offseason.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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