Badger basketball secures three recruits

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Thursday, November 12, 2009
— The University of Wisconsin has officially added three new players to the men’s basketball program.

Evan Anderson of Eau Claire North, Josh Gasser of Port Washington and Duje Dukan of Deerfield, Ill., signed national letters of intent on Wednesday.

All three high school seniors previously had verbally committed to the Badgers—Dukan as recently as Tuesday.

Anderson, a 6-11, 240-pound center, averaged eight points and six rebounds a game in an injury-shortened junior season. He still helped the Huskies gain a second straight trip to the WIAA Division 1 state tournament and earned all-state honorable mention from The Associated Press.

“Evan knew very early in the (recruiting) process that Wisconsin was where he wanted to be, and he never looked back,” UW coach Bo Ryan said. “He continued to improve, and even while battling through an injury last season, he rebounded to have an excellent July with his AAU team.

“His size and physical presence will help him when he starts with us next year. He’s developed a very good back-to-the-basket game and already has a physicality to his game.”

Gasser, coached by Janesville native John Bunyan, is a 6-4, 190-pound guard. He has averaged in double figures in points and rebounds each of the last two seasons, highlighted by a 22-point scoring average that earned him North Shore Conference MVP and AP first-team all-state honors a year ago.

“Josh probably saw his stock rise more over a two-month period than anyone we’ve recruited in a while,” Ryan said. “He had an excellent summer, which followed an outstanding junior year.

“Anytime you can average 20 points a game and be in double figures in rebounds as a sophomore and junior in one of the best conferences in the state, you must be playing awfully well.’’

Dukan, a 6-8 forward, 190-pound forward, averaged 16 points and eight rebounds as a Deerfield junior. He also shot almost 46 percent from three-point range and 80 percent on free throws, and he is rated one of the top seniors in Illinois.

“I’m sure it’s been a whirlwind for Dujue and his parents the past few weeks,” Ryan said of Dukan, who accepted the scholarship that been held for Madison Memorial senior Vander Blue, who chose Marquette over the Badgers. “He saw his recruitment just explode, and we’re elated to have him join us in Madison.”

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