Tai Strickland has committed to play for Wisconsin basketball, he announced Tuesday.
— Tai Strickland (@taistrickland13) March 27, 2018
Strickland is the third member of Wisconsin’s 2018 recruiting class, joining Taylor Currie and Joe Hedstrom. The latter two have already signed their National Letters of Intent, officially inking them as Badgers. Strickland’s commitment is a verbal one for now, but he can make it official by signing his Letter of Intent starting on April 11, when the basketball spring signing period begins.
Strickland is rated as a 3-star recruit on the 247Sports Composite database, which rates him as the No. 306 player in the country and No. 53 point guard recruit in the 2018 class. His father, Rod Strickland, played in the NBA for 17 years.
Tai Strickland comes to Wisconsin from Tampa, Fla., where he attends St. Petersburg High School. He chose the Badgers from an all-Big Ten top three of Wisconsin, Rutgers and Minnesota.
— Tai Strickland (@taistrickland13) March 19, 2018
At Wisconsin, Strickland will likely slide in as a backup to Brad Davison at point guard.
“They pointed to me being a true point guard,” Strickland told Land of 10’s Jesse Temple last week. “Me being able to defend, rebound. They think that I can come, compete and contribute immediately.
“When a guard can rebound, I can get it and go immediately. There’s no outlet and you can go from there. You can run the plays off of that. That’s big because it pushes tempo a little bit and it also helps to get other guys involved.”