Wisconsin men’s basketball recruiting target in no rush to make decision

Wisconsin men's basketball recruiting target in no rush to make decision

The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coaches remain in contact with Jackson McAndrew, a versatile forward from Wayzata (Minnesota) High School. 

The 2024 recruit, who has offers from UW, Creighton, Iowa, Nebraska and more, will participate in the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association’s D-I showcase event with his summer team, Howard Pulley Basketball, and continue through the rest of his summer schedule with his recruitment “open.”

A decision will “probably end up being in August,” he said. Or maybe late July. Or September. 

“Not completely (thinking about it yet),” McAndrew said. “So I want to get out to some places that I haven’t seen yet and check back in on the ones I have and stuff like that. So, (my commitment) probably won’t be for a little bit.”

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McAndrew would bring versatility as a 6-foot-8 forward with shooting ability to threaten in different spots.

His Wayzata team is coming off a state championship, knocking out Lakeville North (Minnesota) High School in the semifinals of the Class AAAA Minnesota High School League state tournament, a school that featured two soon-to-be UW players in 2023 center Nolan Winter and 2024 classmate and forward Jack Robison. Robison remains the only committed player in the 2024 class.

McAndrew had already taken an official visit to UW on Oct. 21 but is planning another unofficial visit with the staff, whom he noted he hears from “once a week” — normally assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft or coach Greg Gard. McAndrew had attended UW games for unofficial visits throughout the season and said that there could be another official visit in the works eventually, too, but “we haven’t really talked about that yet.”

Men’s basketball recruits can take five official visits during their junior year of high school and five more after Aug. 1 of their senior year, NCAA rule states.

McAndrew first played in front of the Badgers at a UW Elite Camp when he was in the ninth grade, and UW reached out the first day they were legally able to contact him this past year following up with an offer McAndrew announced on Sep. 3, 2022. On his official visit — which he noted dives into team or system fit much more than unofficial visits he’s taken — the staff ran through how it could use McAndrew within the offense, which has always had versatile bigs in its lineup.

“Obviously my skill level (they like). Elite shooter,” McAndrew said. “They just love how much I get better every year and continue to get better.”

Jackson McAndrew poses for a photo with coach Greg Gard at the UW -Purdue football game Oct. 22, 2022 at Camp Randall Stadium.

In addition to UW, McAndrew said he’s visited Creighton, Iowa, Northern Iowa and St. Thomas. He’s scheduled visits with Xavier, Notre Dame and has been discussing a potential visit with Virginia Tech, which is his latest announced offer on April 25. He plans to return to Creighton for an official visit, too, which would be the only school that he’s visited officially twice — a list the Badgers could soon be on.

But he’s in no rush to cut down a list of finalists.

“That’s still a ways away,” he said.

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