Safeties Scott Nelson (left) and Eric Burrell (middle), along with cornerback Faion Hicks (20), are among the players fighting for starting spots.

Young Wisconsin DBs ready to step up; challenges of keeping in-state basketball talent

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 DBs don’t lack confidence

The Badgers lost three starters from their secondary after last season, including two — cornerback Nick Nelson and safety Natrell Jamerson — who will likely be taken in the NFL draft. Still, those aiming to replace them this spring don’t lack for confidence when it comes to matching Wisconsin’s high standards.

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Keeping Wisconsin kids at home

Wisconsin has not historically been considered a hot bed for producing 4- and 5-star high school basketball talent. But that’s changed in recent years, and it’s ramped up the pressure on the Badgers to keep those players home. What’s keeping them from doing it consistently? The Wisconsin State Journal’s Tom Oates tried to answer that question.

Overcoming obstacles

The doctors weren’t sure Isaiah Mullens was ever going to walk or talk after being born prematurely. But, as Jesse Temple writes, Mullens’ faith and perseverance pushed him to great heights and guided him to Madison as part of the Badgers’ 2018 recruiting class.

Isaac Guerendo can fly

The Badgers have upgraded their speed in recent recruiting classes, and look no further than Indiana wide receiver Isaac Guerendo for evidence of that. A 3-star recruit in the 2018 class, Guerendo won a state title in the 60-meter dash this weekend by running the ninth-fastest time in the country this year. He also took home the state title in the long jump.

Taylor Currie wins state title

Forward Taylor Currie, a member of Wisconsin’s 2018 recruiting class, helped his basketball team to a second straight state championship in Michigan last weekend.

Jonathan Tsipis hits the road

The Wisconsin women’s basketball program may not be playing this March, but coach Jonathan Tsipis is still very busy. The third-year coach has been hitting the recruiting trail hard and will have at least six new players next season.

Wisconsin names new wrestling coach

The Badgers wasted no time in finding a replacement for longtime wrestling coach Barry Davis. The school announced Saturday that South Dakota State coach Chris Bono would take over in Madison.

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