May 19, 2008

Scholarship may soon be available for Prosser

Recent efforts by the Wisconsin coaching staff certainly don't reflect a program that, on paper, has all available scholarships accounted for through the 2010 season with recent verbal pledges from sophomores Vander Blue[db] and [db]Evan Anderson.

And after speaking with Jordan Prosser Monday night, has learned a scholarship may soon be vacated in the coming months and that the 2009 class may not yet be complete.

"I talked to Coach Bo (Ryan) a couple weeks ago and he said that a guy might be leaving but they're not sure. If he does (leave), that will open a scholarship up for '09," Prosser said. "They're not sure if that guy is going to leave yet or not and they didn't say who it was, so I don't know.

"But they said as long of they keep talking to me, they're going to have to have a spot."

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward from Goodfield (IL) Eureka has been on the Badger radar for some time, but it appeared the 2009 class had reached it's limit when Mike Bruesewitz and Diamond Taylor, both 2009 athletes, gave their verbal to UW months ago.

With Joe Krabbenhoft and Marcus Landry expected to be the lone returning seniors on scholarship next season, an underclassmen on the current roster would seemingly have to leave to make room for Prosser, or any other potential recruit in the 2009 class.

At this point, news regarding a potential transfer has not been acknowledged or discussed officially by the coaching staff.

With Wisconsin seemingly still an option, there are a handful of other schools that are still in the running for the 35th ranked power forward in the junior class.

"I know I'm taking a visit down to Baylor and Texas A&M in June and then I'm going to Iowa's elite camp, so those are the two things I'm going to be doing in June," Prosser said.

"I'm looking at Bradley, Texas A&M and Baylor, and then Wisconsin still a little bit. Then there's Indiana, I just talked to their coaches last week and they still want to evaluate me in June when coach Tom Crean gets in there. Purdue a little bit, and that's probably about it."

Though Indiana is still recovering from NCAA infractions stemming from former head coach Calvin Sampson, Crean's brief presence at the university has kept the Hoosiers' in contention for the in-state star.

"Coach Crean's a real good guy and everything, and I know he's trying to get that program turned around with all the guys that are leaving and everything," Prosser said. "He said they really couldn't offer any scholarships or anything because they don't know what is going to happen until June when they go for a court hearing."

Prosser, who recently led his AAU team (Indiana Elite One) to a tournament title in Pittsburgh, hopes to make his decision before the start of his senior year.

"I know I'm going to get it done before school starts next year, so it's most likely going to happen when the AAU season is over," he said.

The following is the most recent look at UW's scholarship distribution through 2010:


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