It's Signing Day!

Hamilton forward Ryan Evans (Badger Nation)

With Wednesday being the first day of the late signing period, Hamilton High School prep forward Ryan Evans wasted little time in sending his national letter of intent to Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin Badgers.

Waking up this morning, Ryan Evans knew he could finally make his collegiate dream come true.

With Wednesday being the beginning of the late signing period and the first day recruits could fax in their national letters of intent, Evans wasted little time on getting his letter to the coaches at Wisconsin.

Which was why Evans signed, sealed and faxed his letter at eight o'clock sharp, officially making him the fifth Wisconsin Badger in the 2008 recruiting class.

"It was nice to make it final," Evans told Badger Nation. "It was nice to get that done with and I am looking forward to getting out there and getting things going."

It was also a special day for Evans' Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona, as Evans is the first basketball player to earn a division one scholarship.

"That makes everyone real excited and proud," Evans said. "We all thought it was coming but it's still exciting."

Named to the All-Fiesta Region First Team, the Co-Player of the Year in the region and to the Arizona Republic's 1st Team All-State Class 5A team, Evans (6-foot-6, 190 pounds) averaged 19 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2 blocks per game as a senior.

"We are very excited to have Ryan joining our basketball program," UW coach Bo Ryan said in a statement. "We believe he is just scratching the surface in terms of his potential in the future. His length and athleticism combined with his court savvy and dynamic personality make him a great fit at the University of Wisconsin."

Ironically, while Evans' athleticism and versatility attracted Ryan and his staff to him, it was the coaching staff's personalities that were one of things that attracted Evans to Wisconsin.

"The personalities on the team are all great, which is why I made my decision kind of early," Evans said. "The personalities at Wisconsin are great. I am excited to get up there with the guys and see if I can't start molding with the teams."

The other attraction was the atmosphere. Growing up in Pac 10 country, where the average arena has between nine and 10 thousand fans, Evans came to the Wisconsin-Penn State game were 17,190 fans packed the Kohl Center to watch the team win a share of the conference championship.

"My dad always told me that the Big Ten and the Pac 10 were two different conferences and you can see that in the fan base," Evans said. "It was crazy experience.

"Wisconsin is a real discipline team and they were able to win with not the best athletes, but the most discipline athletes," Evans continued. "They were able to win a lot of games with those guys and hopefully I can win a lot with them too."

Officially visiting Wisconsin on May 9 and moving up to Madison in early June, Evans' goal now is to add some weight to frame so he can be physically ready to run the hill and, more importantly, make an impact on his newest team.

"Right now I am focused on gaining 10 to 15 pounds so I can come in an impact the program," Evans said. "I am ready to become a Badger, play in front of the fans and help this team win another championship."

The other four players that have already signed to play for the Badgers include; Jared Berggren (Princeton, Minn.), Ian Markolf (San Antonio, Texas), Jordan Taylor (St. Louis Park, Minn.) and Robert Wilson (Garfield Heights, Ohio) to national letters of intent.

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