Asheville School and City Rocks big man Gus Yalden, no. 93 in the Top247, has committed to Wisconsin.
Yalden, a Wisconsin native, chose the Badgers from a list of four finalists that also included Nebraska, Rutgers, and College of Charleston.
“I’ve been a Wisconsin fan since I was a kid,” he told 247 Sports. “Growing up in Appleton, it kind of just led me to be a fan of the Badgers.”
“It’s just the whole fan base, the community, the school. It means way more than basketball to me. I’ve known it was home since the beginning and I’m really excited to get on campus and officially be a Badger.”
Yalden developed a national reputation and picked up numerous high-major offers as just a freshman. While his recruitment has fluctuated some in the years since, Greg Guard and his staff have been a constant.
Yalden suffered a foot injury as a sophomore that he says reoccurred three times and involved two different surgeries.
“So I really found out who wanted me for me and who just wanted me at the time,” he says. “They were in constant contact. They were checking on me, making sure I was ok.”
Last summer, Wisconsin was among the programs that were front and center throughout the two-week Nike Peach Jam, where Yalden was playing through a broken bone in his foot.
That process remained steady through his junior year, culminated with an official visit to Wisconsin’s campus earlier this month and now a commitment prior to the summer recruiting period.
“If the timing was right and it felt like it was home, which it did to me and my mom, then there’s no place like home. We thought it was the best fit.”
Yalden is a skilled and cerebral big man. He has good hands, excellent footwork, and a terrific understanding of the game at a young age. He understands how to utilize his frame to create space, handles and passes the ball extremely well for his size, can facilitate in the half-court, and also stretch the floor.
He becomes the second player to commit to Wisconsin in the class of 2023, joining John Blackwella previously under-the-radar guard from Michigan, who committed last month.