Bellevue West junior Chucky Hepburn, with offers from Nebraska and Creighton, committed to Wisconsin on Sunday.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound point guard took an official visit to Wisconsin this weekend and informed the coaches Sunday afternoon.
“They were really pumped about it,” Hepburn said. “Coach (Greg) Gard and (assistant) coach (Dean) Oliver texted me a few minutes later, and let me know they were excited to work with me in the future.”
After the official visit, Hepburn felt like the Badgers were the right fit.
“I enjoyed my time being with the coaches and hanging out with the team,” he said. “The team really made me feel welcome, as well as the coaches.”
Hepburn liked the academic side of Wisconsin, too.
“The academics are probably one of the best in the country,” he said. “They have a good business school and I want to be an entrepreneur, so that fits for my future.”
Wisconsin offered him after he attended its camp in June. Gard or an assistant watched Hepburn on the AAU circuit most of July.
“They told me they really like how I play, and they compared me to Jordan Taylor,” Hepburn said in June, referring to the former Wisconsin All-American. “I didn’t start talking to them until May of this year, but (assistant Joe) Krabbenhoft was in contact with (my high school coach) for about six months.”
He said the campus in Madison is beautiful, and he liked how the practice facility is inside the basketball arena.
Hepburn is a four-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite, is ranked as the No. 141 player nationally and the No. 23 point guard. He’s No. 1 in the NebHSRecruiting rankings for the class of 2021. The first-team All-Nebraska pick averaged 18.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.4 steals last season for the Thunderbirds.
In addition to in-state schools Nebraska and Creighton, Hepburn also had offers Minnesota, Valparaiso and Loyola-Chicago.
The Badgers took another Husker and Bluejay target later Sunday night.
Forward Matthew Mors joined Hepburn on his official visit, and later joined him in committing. That gave Wisconsin three known members in its 2021 class.
Creighton and Nebraska both offered the 6-7, 220-pound junior from South Dakota.
Mors’ relationship with the Jays dates to 2015, before he entered the seventh grade. Mors, now a four-star prospect and the No. 115 player according to the 247Sports composite, first played with the Yankton High School team at a Creighton summer camp.
Mors’ Nebraska offer originally came from Tim Miles and the previous staff, but Fred Hoiberg and his staff extended an offer, too.
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