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Badgers men's basketball: UW announces forward Aaron Moesch as walk-on

2013-04-04T04:40:00Z Badgers men's basketball: UW announces forward Aaron Moesch as walk-onJIM POLZIN | Wisconsin State Journal | jpolzin@madison.com | 608-252-6473 madison.com

The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will have a lot of new faces next season.

Badgers coach Bo Ryan officially announced Wednesday afternoon that Aaron Moesch, a 6-foot-8 forward from Green Bay Southwest, will join the program as a walk-on next season.

Moesch joins five scholarship players in the 2013 recruiting class: forwards Nigel Hayes (Toledo, Ohio) and Vitto Brown (Bowling Green, Ohio) and guards Bronson Koenig (La Crosse), Jordan Hill (Pasadena, Calif.) and Riley Dearring (Minnetonka, Minn).

Moesch averaged 18.4 points and 12.1 rebounds as a senior at Green Bay Southwest.

“We’re excited to have Aaron join the Badgers program,” Ryan said in a statement. “He is a terrific young man, fantastic student, and comes from a very supportive family.

“He had an excellent career at Green Bay Southwest and we’re looking forward to having him join us soon. Aaron will be an excellent addition to our program and the University of Wisconsin in general.

“Aaron has a very high basketball IQ that allows him to learn quickly on the court. I’ve always had an admiration for student-athletes that want to challenge themselves at the highest level both on the court and in the classroom and Aaron is ready and anxious to attack those challenges.”

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(6) Comments

  1. EarthX
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    EarthX - April 05, 2013 5:06 pm
    Dude, this is a WALKON.

    He's only a practice body, to fill the open walk-on spot for next year.

    He's NOT being brought on to actually play.

    Your complaint is moot.
  2. Badger5642
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    Badger5642 - April 04, 2013 12:49 pm
    Great, just what UW basketball needs, another D2 level talent kid on a talentless D1 team. There is a reason a 6' 8" player has almost no D1 offers! He is probably slow and not good. If he was good he would have tons of D1 offers. This is just the type of player we don't need. Do you think Ohio St or Mich St would take this kid? Of course not.

    Sigh....
  3. Badger in Lexington
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    Badger in Lexington - April 03, 2013 8:16 pm
    Hard to compare football and basketball walk ons as the number of players per roster is so different.
    Way more opportunity for a walk on to have success in football! 33 spots counting special teams to have a chance to play vs maybe an 8 man rotation in hoops. Much harder to find mins in basketball than football.
    Apples and oranges...
  4. jlbrown
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    jlbrown - April 03, 2013 7:32 pm
    Clayton Hanson - walk-on to starter every game his senior year. Tanner Bronson was a fan-fave who started out as the manager and played more each season. I think he's coaching somewhere now.
  5. jlbrown
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    jlbrown - April 03, 2013 7:26 pm
    Clayton Hanson is the only one I can think of in recent years. He started every game his senior year. Tanner Bronson was a fan-favorite, but he didn't play as much. He started out as a manager. I can't think of any others - and certainly none on par with Jimmy Leonhard.
  6. ABDGRFN
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    ABDGRFN - April 03, 2013 5:44 pm
    Does anyone know if basketball has had the same kind of success with walk ons that football has. I cannot think of anyone that has gone from walk on to starter or major contributor in BB.
    Thanks

    On Wisconsin

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