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Wisconsin commits Hayden Rucci (left) and Julius Davis enjoyed their visits to Madison.

Busy recruiting weekend for Wisconsin; Badgers basketball eyes grad transfer

Wisconsin football and basketball are always the main topics in Bucky’s Breakfast, Land of 10’s daily Badgers notebook — but we cover news, notes and analysis across Badgers sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Wisconsin football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Wisconsin hosts recruits

It was a big weekend for the Badgers on the recruiting front, as a significant number of prospects were in Madison. That included 2019 commits in running back Julius Davis and tight end Hayden Rucci, along with 2019 targets in defensive end Harrison White and linebacker Lance Dixon. Wisconsin also offered a scholarship to defensive tackle Cole Brevard, who was on an unofficial visit.

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Wisconsin looking at a graduate transfer

Men’s basketball coach Greg Gard and the Badgers have reportedly reached out to Evansville graduate transfer Ryan Taylor. The 6-foot-6 guard led the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring this season. Taylor has ties to Wisconsin, having spent a year at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield.

Why isn’t Jordan Poole with the Badgers?

The questions came rolling in after Milwaukee native Jordan Poole shot Michigan into the Sweet 16 with a 3-pointer at the buzzer on Saturday to beat Houston. The consistent theme to those questions? Why didn’t the Badgers recruit him harder? Well, assistant coach Howard Moore provided an answer.

Tai Strickland visits

The Badgers welcomed Class of 2018 point guard Tai Strickland for his official visit this weekend, with guard Brad Davison serving as his host. Strickland is expected to visit a couple more schools before making his decision.

Athlon likes Wisconsin

Wisconsin has three players on its roster that are among the top 50 players in the country, according to Athlon Sports. The publication also has the Badgers inside the top 10 of its way-too-early top 25 rankings.

Jon Budmayr is now the teacher

Injuries ended Jon Budmayr’s Wisconsin career early, but he’s using the less-than-pleasant experiences he gained while under center for his new job as the Badgers quarterbacks coach.

Season ends for women’s hockey team

As it has for the last five years, the season for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team came to an end in the Frozen Four and without a national title, as the Badgers lost to Colgate in overtime on Friday. Now the team must play a game of what-ifs, writes Todd Milewski.

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