Wisconsin recruits Alex Illikainen, Brevin Pritzl and Charlie Thomas signed National Letters of Intent to join the Badgers for the 2015-16 season, the school announced Wednesday.
“We are extremely excited to have these three young men joining our program,” coach Bo Ryan said in a release. “Our coaching staff did a tremendous job identifying, evaluating and recruiting each of these fine young men. The relationships that have been built between our staff, our current players, along with Alex, Brevin, and Charlie, and their respective families have been fantastic. All three have a burning desire to be Badgers and to experience success both on and off the basketball court during their upcoming college careers.”
Illikainen, a 6-foot-9 forward, hails from Minnesota and ESPN ranks him the No. 95 recruit in the Class of 2015. He is playing his senior season at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.
While playing at Grand Rapids in Minnesota, he was a two-time all-state selection.
“Alex is an individual we’ve had our eyes on for a long time and have enjoyed watching him mature into a very good player and fit for our program,” Ryan commented in the release. “He brings a ‘lunch pail and hard hat mentality’ with him every time. His willingness to do the little things to help his team succeed are evident.”
Pritzl is a Wisconsin native from De Pere. He averaged 20.4 points per game as a junior and has a killer jump shot.
Rivals and Scout have Pritzl in their top-100 rankings.
Thomas, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged a double-double last season 20.2 points and 11.3 rebounds. Ryan called Thomas a “diamond in the rough” in release from the school.