University of Wisconsin men's basketball coach Bo Ryan commented Wednesday for the first time on newcomers Jordan Smith and Zach Bohannon.
Smith, a 6-2 guard from Orono, Minn., will join the team as a walk-on freshman this September. Bohannon, a 6-8 forward from Marion, Iowa, also is walking on after transferring from the Air Force Academy. He will sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Smith scored 2,518 career points at Orono High School. He averaged 21.5 points, three assists, four rebounds and two steals a game while leading the Spartans to a 28-4 record and the 2011 Class AAA State Championship as a senior. He also shot 53 percent from 3-point range as a senior and was the Minnesota Basketball News 3A state player of the year.
"He's a great addition in all facets," Ryan said of Smith. "He fits everything we look for on court, academically and socially. He knows the reputation at Wisconsin both from a basketball standpoint and academically. It was going to take the right combination for him and he has found that here. He is excited to continue the lineage of successful Minnesota residents at Wisconsin."
Smith was a high school teammate of former UW player Jon Leuer from 2006-07 and also played in the same AAU program, 43 Hoops, as current Badger Mike Bruesewitz.
Bohannon, who will have two years of eligibility left at the UW, averaged 4.3 points and 2.0 rebounds for the Falcons during an injury plagued sophomore season. He shot .492 from the field and .367 from 3-point range. He is the younger brother of former UW guard Jason Bohannon.
"We're very familiar with his bloodlines and we know from his family background and work ethic that he is an A-plus," Ryan said. "He's gotten bigger and stronger and he has obviously been in an environment that required a lot of commitment both on and off court. Zach will have to sit this year out per the transfer policy, but he will be a part of everything we do and have a big impact on our scout team next season."