Joseph Yesufu, a 5’ 10” PG from Bolingbrook, is the latest offer per Roy Schmidt.
I'm from Bolingbrook. Can I offer him free rides to/from home over break as a bribe, or would the NCAA consider that a rules violation? In seriousness, Bolingbrook HS has a great program so this is intriguing.
Talented wing prospect who can score off the dribble, in the post and from the perimeter. Averaged 16.8 ppg as a freshman, helping Waupun to a 27-1 record and the WIAA Division 3 state title. Averaged 20.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists as a sophomore.
In general I find that following recruiting is a fool's errand. Fans know next to nothing about what's really going on, and are usually unqualified to assess high school players' talent. For the great majority of prospects that get identified, the only basis for observation by fans are short, carefully edited highlight reels that glorify skills that are of minimal significance to college coaches while excising all the obvious failings of the player. And even when a player seems to have a great resume, and has been vetted by professional coaches, they often don't pan out for a myriad of reasons. In short, the name of every individual recruit that commits to us might as well be Blah B. Blah as far as I'm concerned. Until we see him play at the college level for an extended period, we rarely know what we have.
There are some "macro" recruiting observations that we can fairly make as fans, however. In light of the conversation about Domask, I'll make one here. Jeter and his assistants did a very good job of recruiting in general (measured by the only standard that matters, i.e., how the players did as Panthers) but even more so, of recruiting Wisconsin. That was true when Rob was Bo's assistant here (think Page, Tigert, Kadima, Tucker) and again when he was HC (Franklin, Hanson, Hill, Kelm, Panoske, Arians, etc.). Those players were essential to the championships Milwaukee achieved. I think continuing to recruit Wisconsin high school players is also essential. Frankly it concerned me that Baldwin's staff did not have any deep connections in Wisconsin. Baldwin's first recruting class has nobody from Wisconsin. So while I have no idea about whether Domask (if he came here) would be a good player, a great player, or none of the above, I am glad to see that the staff is not ignoring Wisconsin high school players. It's important.
"She would constantly try to throw [Coach Jeter] off and create distractions," said another source who worked in the athletic department and no longer is at UWM. "All the time. It was bad. I felt bad for him all the time. I told him, 'You're a bigger man than I am.' It was brutal. Sabotage was in the cards." -- From the JS story, March 17, 2016