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November 15, 2012Follow @JMcNamaraRivals
Wednesday marked the early signing period in college basketball and for the first time, head coach Bo Ryan was able to comment on his five-man recruiting class that inked its name to Wisconsin.
Click the following link for an updated look at the Badgers' scholarship chart.
More from Ryan on Koenig: "Bronson has exceptional court vision, great feel for the game and has the ability to take over a game or make plays for his teammates. He also wants to be really good and play for championships. All the best guards we've had through the years have had that internal drive and motor to be the best and Bronson definitely has those traits. He's worked extremely hard to put himself into position to have a lot of options nationally on where to go to school. We're elated that he's chosen to stay home and play for the Badgers. I know our fans will really enjoy watching him grow, develop and help lead our teams in the future."
More from Ryan on Dearring: "He's a very unselfish individual who understands how important the classroom is and has worked very hard to make himself a very good student and player. His father was an excellent player in his own right, so Riley has had excellent mentoring and teaching from him along with the coaches he's played for. We're excited to see what the future will hold for him. I know Riley is eager to have a great senior year at Minnetonka before coming to campus next summer."
More from Ryan on Hill: "His length, quickness and demeanor can help him become an exceptional defender in time. He comes from a fantastic family and is an outstanding student who is spending a post-grad year at one of the top academic prep schools in the nation. He's very young for his grade so we believe his ceiling is still very high. Our staff is extremely excited to watch Jordan grow and develop during his time at Wisconsin."
More from Ryan on Brown: "Vitto showed the ability to block shots, handle the ball in transition and knock down 3's from the perimeter in addition to the game he's been able to build in the paint. He'll be able to play both the 4 and the 5 positions and has a chance to be a real force on the interior for us in the future. He's a great student, comes from a superb family and will be a treat to coach as a Badger."
More from Ryan on Hayes: "He's got a great nose for the ball, can rebound out of his area and has worked really hard to make himself a perimeter threat. Nigel's an outstanding student who ranks in the top 2 percent of his graduating class at Whitmer. He's been coached really well and understands a lot of the nuances of the game that will really help him at this level. Nigel's potential is sky-high and I know our coaching staff is eager to help him develop into the player we think he can be. His family has been a treat to get to know over the past few months and our staff is extremely proud to welcome Nigel and his family to the Badger program."
Koenig: La Crosse, Wis., native Bronson Koenig is looking for a strong senior season after missing the majority of his junior year with an injury. Despite missing several games, Koenig averaged 18 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game last season. Koenig's breakout season came as a sophomore when he earned first-team All-State accolades after leading La Crosse Aquinas to the 2010 Division III State Championship. The co-conference Player of the Year that season, Koenig racked up 17.0 points and 3.0 assists per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field.
Dearring: Riley Dearring earned All-Lake Conference honors last season as a junior after averaging 15 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for Minnetonka High School. Dearring, who is approaching the 1,000-career points plateau, is a four-year varsity player for the Skippers.
Hill: Jordan Hill earned first-team all-Del Rey League honors as a senior at LaSalle High School in Pasadena, Calif., after posting per game averages of 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals. A second-team All-California Interscholastic Federation honoree, Hill graduated in May from LaSalle and is attending Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H. for the 2012-13 school year.
Brown: An honorable mention all-state pick as a junior, Vitto Brown averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds per game last season at Bowling Green High School.
Hayes: A three-time MVP for Whitmer High School in Toledo, Ohio, Nigel Hayes averaged 14 points and 9.0 rebounds per game as a junior and is already the school's all-time leader in blocked shots. A first-team Northwest District selection and second-team all-state honoree, Hayes was named to the 2012 OHSSA Division I State Tournament Team.