The freshman forward wasn’t able to visit any campuses of schools that recruited him. He also didn’t have a lot of knowledge about college basketball in general, so when it came time to make his decision, he had to go with his gut.
Assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft said Ilver is farther along in his development than any of the coaches expected. He didn’t know what they were going to see from Ilver because they’d only ever watched him play through a screen.
“I remember seeing him for the first time in person and I said, ‘Man, you’re a lot taller and bigger than I thought you’d be,’” Krabbenhoft said. “He goes, ‘Yeah, Coach, I told you I was 6-9. You didn’t believe me?’ I did but you never know.”
The coaching staff was able to do their homework on Vogt and Neath by talking to the players’ former college and high school coaches.
Gard said they knew they wanted to recruit mature players who had experienced success. Vogt won the Horizon League twice with Northern Kentucky and the American Athletic Conference with Cincinnati in 2019-20.
Neath brought in some much-needed depth in the guard position. The Badgers lost three-year starting point guard D’Mitrik Trice, and, while they knew they were bringing in a young point guard in Chucky Hepburn, Neath had experience from playing two seasons at Wake Forest.
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