Wisconsin Basketball received its second commitment of the 2018 recruiting class from Joe Hedstrom, a three-star center from Hopkins, Minnesota.
According to 247 Sports, he had offers from solid programs like Utah, Boise State, and Cleveland State. The plan is for Hedstrom to pay his own way for a redshirt freshman season before being on scholarship for the next four seasons starting in 2019.
After the Badgers missed on Joey Hauser and Nate Laszewski, their top targets for the class, they were forced to move on to plan C. Hedstrom is a good sleeper prospect with potential. He is listed at 6-10 and 225 pounds, giving the Badgers some much needed size for the future.
His strength is rebounding and defense, although his offensive game is developing. If he works hard, he can be a contributor for the Badgers down the road.
Because Hedstrom is walking-on for his freshman season, the Badgers still might use another scholarship for the 2018 class. One remaining target is three-star power forward Taylor Currie, who decommitted from Michigan. Another potential option is three-star power forward Jack Hemphill.
Wisconsin’s other 2018 commit, Tyler Herro, has been making headlines of his own for his outstanding play at the USA Basketball Junior National Team minicamp. He was mentioned by many analysts as a standout player.
It is going to be exciting to watch him in a Wisconsin uniform next season.
My top performers from final session of #USABB (on court I was ????): Tyler Herro, Moses Brown, Jalen Green, Scottie Barnes, Emmitt Williams.
— Krysten Peek (@KP_Rivals) October 9, 2017
Tyler Herro will be the next great Wisconsin guard. One of the best shooters here + crafty with his dribble to get clean looks in half court
— Ricky O'Donnell (@SBN_Ricky) October 8, 2017
A few other guys who played well throughout the day: Keldon Johnson, Zion Williamson, Tyler Herro, Josh Christopher, Jahvon Quinerly #USMJNT
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) October 8, 2017