|Posted by Brian Dickmann on May 3, 2017 at 9:50 PM|
Photo via Green Bay Phoenix
One of Linc Darner's prized recruits is taking his talents 150 miles south to Madison.
Trevor Anderson, a 3-star high school recruit and the 2016 Mr. Basketball in the state of Wisconsin, announced on Twitter Wednesday night that he will be leaving Green Bay to join the Wisconsin Badgers.
"Looking back on my first year at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, I had the opportunity to meet many wonderful and impactful people," Anderson wrote. "Althought my freshman year ended prematurely due to injury, I would not consider it a failure. When the season closed, I did a lot of self reflection, evaluating all aspects of my life from school, sports and personal happiness. Growing up in Wisconsin; it was always my personal dream to play for the Badgers. With that in mind, I have decided to transfer to the University of Wisconsin - Madison for the 2017/2018 season."
Anderson appeared in 20 games this season for Green Bay before suffering a back injury that cut his season short. He likely would’ve been a candidate for the Horizon League’s All-Freshman Team having finished the season averaging 9.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He also led the team in assists (2.7) and minutes (28.5) per game and was one of the team’s best shooters knocking down 37.6% from beyond the arc and 80.4% from the free throw line.
"This was an extremely difficult decision," Anderson said in his Twitter post. "I want to thank Coach Darner for all he has done for me in the two and a half years since he started recruiting me. I have nothing but love towards him and the coaching staff. To my teammates, I consider myself blessed to have played along side you this year. Never underestimate the gratitude I have towards all you, Coach Darner, Coach Herbst, and the Green Bay staff."
Anderson will have to sit out the 2017/2018 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three seasons of eligbility remaining. He will have to pay his own way as a walk-on though he could earn a scholarship at Wisconsin in the future.
His departure comes on the heels of another one of Green Bay's best players transferring last month when Kerem Kanter announced his intention to transfer to Xavier.
The Phoenix will return just four scholarship players - Khalil Small, Kameron Hankerson, David Jesperson, and Avery Brown - from this past season's team that finished 18-14. Green Bay will welcome in at least seven newcomers next season with two scholarships still to fill.
“It has been Trevor's dream to play at Wisconsin growing up," Darner said in a statement released by the school. "We enjoyed the opportunity to coach Trevor and getting to know his family and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward."
PJ Pipes, one of Green Bay's solid group of incoming prospects, could see significant minutes at point guard as a true freshman with Anderson's departure. Other ball handlers on the roster include Brown, Small, and Hankerson.
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