Another season has come and gone. With every new season comes new players that have the opportunity to make their mark on the game of basketball. The Wisconsin Badgers are only losing one senior to graduation. With the large number of returning squad members, the new freshman class is on the smaller side, yet these players all hold a lot of promise for the future of Wisconsin Basketball.
#0 D’Mitrik Trice
The younger brother of former Michigan State Guard Travis Trice, D’Mitrik Trice was a two sport athlete in high school. At his high school, Wayne in Huber Heights, OH, Trice was a three-year starter and finished his career as the assist leader (499) and with a 3.6 to 1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He averaged 10.3 points and 5.7 assists per game his senior year and lead his team to the state championship game. He spent one-year post-graduate at the IMG Academy where he averaged 12.3 points, 4.1 assists, and 4.0 rebounds. He also lead his football team to the state championship as the starting quarterback. The leadership qualities present on his resume will prove very influential as he moves through his years at Wisconsin. Measuring in at 5’11’’ and weighing 185 lbs., Trice is on the smaller side, but that has never stopped a point guard from succeeding. He turned down offers from Vanderbilt and Ohio State, ultimately choosing the first school to offer him a scholarship, and he signed with the Badgers on April 23, 2016.
#2 Aleem Ford
A teammate from the IMG Academy of D’Mitrik Trice, Aleem Ford is a young eighteen year-old player with a lot of promise. Ford had a late growth spurt, making him a player that has played many basketball roles. Currently, he measures in at 6’7’’, 190 lbs. As a senior at Archer High School in Lawrenceville, GA, he averaged 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks. He shot 44 percent from the three-point arc, and 77 percent from the free throw line. At the IMG Academy, he averaged 13.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He will fit in well with the other versatile big-men on Wisconsin’s roster. He has a lot of athleticism, which is very important in a wing-player. Ford committed to Wisconsin on April 23, after turning down offers from Saint Louis University, Richmond, and Rutgers. Ford is a diamond in the rough player that can really thrive at a school like Wisconsin that likes to develop players as they mature.
One walk-on freshman will be joining the squad as well. Although the new freshman class is small, they hold a lot of potential. With such a large number of returning players, the new class will have to really work hard to get playing time, though with time, they will be offered that opportunity.
University of Wisconsin, Class of 2019