Lakeville North big man Nolan Winter, the center of basketball recruiting’s border war, will make the announcement Friday afternoon between the Badgers and Gophers.
The 6-11 senior took a little longer than expected to make his decision after an official visit to Wisconsin and his home state Gophers last month.
Winter’s father, Trevor, played for the Yews from the 1997 Final Four, and his mother, Heidi, is a former Gophers volleyball player. Lakeville North’s players have found success as members of Wisconsin’s basketball team.
Winter said he felt no pressure from his parents or the Lakeville North to Madison connection to choose any school.
Winters, the No. 2 player in Minnesota’s 2023 class, could be the second in-state prospect to choose another Big Ten school this week against the Gophers. State senior Tyson Chatman of Totino-Grace committed to Ohio State on Tuesday.
The original plan was to pick a school soon after the Gophers’ visit, but Winters waited a few more weeks to make the announcement.
Badgers coach Greg Gard last met Minnesota recruits in the 2020 class with East Ridge’s Ben Carlson and Eastview’s Steven Kraul. Carlson moved to Utah. Crowl was the starting center last season. Former Lakeville North star Tyler Wahl, a 2019 recruit, is the leading returning scorer for Wisconsin.
The Gophers signed three players from Minnesota in Johnson’s 2022 class with Mr. Basketball winner Brayden Carrington, Pharrell Payne and Josh Ola-Joseph. The U’s first 2023 word keeper was Cameron Christie, no. 1 high in Illinois.