Two prime recruiting targets for the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team will be making official campus visits this month.

Imani Lewis, a 6-foot-2 forward from Life Center Academy in Burlington, New Jersey, will make her visit this weekend.

Aaliyah Patty, a 6-3 forward from Montini Catholic in Lombard, Illinois, will visit UW the final weekend of the month.

Both are considered top 100 prospects in the 2018 recruiting class.

Lewis averaged 17.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.1 blocks as a junior at Life Center Academy. She is ranked as the No. 39 prospect nationally by Prospects Nation and is rated a three-star prospect by ESPNW.

Dan Olson of ESPNW offered the following analysis of Lewis: “Smooth faceup-4 brings consistent delivery to the arc; skilled offensive game; versatile defender; agile in transition game; among the elite forward prospects in the class of 2018.”

Patty would potentially extend the UW connection with Montini, the alma mater of current Badgers Malayna Johnson and Kelly Karlis and former Badger Michala Johnson.

Patty is ranked No. 93 by Prospects Nation, No. 83 by All Star Girls Report and a three-star prospect by ESPNW.

“Superior length, mobility and emerging interior game; shot blocker with finesse-5 game in the paint; finishes with either hand in the block; developing as one the stock-risers in the class of 2018,” ESPNW’s Olson wrote of Patty.

Patty plays for Illinois Lady Lightning AAU program. “Aaliyah is (an) athletic player with long arms, but she also plays with her back to the basket,” Lady Lightning director Mike Seberger told ASGR. “She can put the ball on the floor, and she can shoot it out to 15 feet.”

UW coach Jonathan Tsipis already has three commitments for the 2018 class: Carmen Backes, a 6-1 wing from Chisago Lakes High School in Lindstrom, Minnesota; Jasmine Hale, a 5-9 guard from Glen Este High School near Cincinnati; and Diamond Bragg, a 5-7 guard from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

Hale also will make her official visit this weekend, while Bragg will visit the same weekend as Patty. Backes, who already made her official visit, is expected to join Bragg and Patty on campus.

Players can sign a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period that begins Nov. 8. NCAA rules prohibit Tsipis from discussing recruits until a letter has been signed.


Dennis Punzel covers Wisconsin Badgers volleyball, women's basketball for the Wisconsin State Journal.