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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

UW men's basketball: Texas 7-footer commits

The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team made a big addition -- literally -- to its 2008 recruiting class Tuesday night.

That's when Ian Markolf, a 7-foot, 260-pound center from Churchill High School in San Antonio gave an oral commitment to UW coach Bo Ryan, according to Markolf's high school coach Randy Schuster.

Markolf could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

"I know we have a lot of explaining to do over the next couple months in Texas as to how we let a 7-foot kid from Texas get out of the state," Schuster, a Marshfield native, said good-naturedly.

Markolf rounds out the Badgers' four-player recruiting class for 2008, joining 6-1 point guard Jordan Taylor of Benilde-St. Margaret's (Minn.), 6-10 center Jared Berggren of Princeton (Minn.) and 6-4 guard Robert Wilson of Garfield Heights (Ohio).

Schuster said Markolf, who took an unofficial visit to Madison in June and received a scholarship offer shortly thereafter, chose UW over Kentucky, Iowa State and Baylor.

"I think he felt maybe most at ease with Wisconsin and the approach they had with him," Schuster said. "He felt like Wisconsin was the best fit for him."

Markolf averaged 13 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots per game and shot 56.7 percent from the field as a junior, according to Schuster.

"He's pretty strong and powerful around the basket," Schuster said. "He runs the floor well, he's got really good lateral movement with his feet, good hands, and good decision-making. He's got a real good savvy for the game."

Markolf's commitment was first reported by

Courtesy of Jesse Osborne in today's Wisconsin State Journal:

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