Three to join men’s basketball
Guard Jason Bohannon, center J.P. Gavinski and guard Trevon Hughes have all signed national letters of intent to play for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team, head coach By Ryan announced Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period for class of 2006 basketball recruits.
Bohannon, who is 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, averaged 20.8 points per game as a junior at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa, where he was named the Mississippi Valley Conference Player of the Year. He led his team to the state title game two years in a row and was named to the all-state tournament team and first-team all-conference, all-metro and all-district. He holds the school record for career 3-point field goals and is second in all-time scoring.
“The one thing that probably jumps out the most about Jason is that the teams he has been a part of just plain win,” Ryan said. “He knows what it takes and how to be successful both on and off the court and makes those around him better.”
Gavinski, who comes from Wisconsin Dells, Wis., is a 6-11, 230-pound center who averaged 15 points and nine rebounds per game as a junior. He earned first-team all-conference and honorable mention all-state honors while leading Wisconsin Dells High School to conference titles in his sophomore and junior years.
“J.P. brings a potentially dominating presence with his ability to rebound and block shots above the rim,” Ryan said. “His agility and strength have really improved which isn’t always the case with a player of his size and age. Probably his greatest attribute at this time is his ability to shoot the basketball and make good decisions passing the ball from the perimeter.”
Hughes comes from St. John’s Northwest Military Academy in Delafield, Wis., where he averaged 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds per game while leading his team to the state semifinals last year. The 6-2, 185-pound guard is the three-time Midwest Classic Conference Player of the Year.
“He’s worked extremely hard at becoming a more complete player and it has shown in his production,” Ryan said. “His perimeter shooting has vastly improved over the past year to the point where he has become a very difficult match-up for his opponents. Combining his physical abilities, his mental toughness and the leadership skills he’s acquiring at St. John’s give him a chance to be very successful at Wisconsin.”
Women’s hoops inks four
Just as Wisconsin men’s coach Bo Ryan announced his 2006 recruiting class, women’s basketball coach Lisa Stone revealed hers Wednesday.
Guards Mariah Dunham, Teah Gant and Sarah Ingison and post player Brittany Heins will become Badgers in the fall of 2006.
Dunham, a 6-1 guard from nearby Watertown, Wis., has played all positions while in high school and averaged 16.4 points and 10.4 rebounds in her junior year, becoming an all-state selection. She is also a member of her school’s volleyball team, which placed second at the state championships recently.
Gant, a 5-10 guard from Oswego, Ill., competed on the same AAU Hoops Express team as future teammates Akiya Alexander, Janese Banks, Danielle Ward and Shari’ Welton. Gant has been named the Suburban Prairie Conference Player of the Year three years in a row. She averaged 19.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game last season.
Ingison, who is 5-7 and hails from Roseville, Minn., averaged 11 points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals per game and is regarded as an exceptional defensive player.
Heins is a 6-2 post player from Postville, Iowa, who averaged 25 points, 14.9 rebounds and 4.2 steals per game as a junior before tearing her right anterior cruciate ligament. She returned to the court over the summer after surgery and rehabilitation. She was a second-team all-state pick in each of her first three years.