Nov. 11, 2009
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan announced three additions to the men’s basketball team Wednesday when Evan Anderson, Duje Dukan and Josh Gasser signed national letters of intent to attend the University of Wisconsin. The three high school seniors will enroll at UW next year and play basketball for the Badgers beginning in the fall of 2010.
Evan Anderson is a 6-foot-11, 240-pound center from Eau Claire, Wis., who averaged 8.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in an injury-shortened junior season. Despite the abbreviated season for Eau Claire North High School, Anderson still earned all-state honorable mention honors from the Associated Press a year ago.
As a sophomore, he was named second-team All-Cloverbelt Conference after posting per-game averages of 9.0 points and 6.0 rebounds. During his freshman campaign at Stanley-Boyd High School, Anderson set the school’s single-season record with 98 blocks.
“It’s great to have a young man in Evan who knew very early in the process that Wisconsin was where he wanted to be and never looked back,” Ryan said. “He’s continued to improve and even while battling through an injury last season, he rebounded to have an excellent July with his AAU team. His size and physical presence will help him as he starts with us next year. He’s developed a very good back-to-the-basket game and already has a collegiate physicality to his game that will serve him well during his Badger playing days.
“He’s a great kid, who does well in the classroom and comes with very down-to-earth, humble and hard-working parents. Our staff is excited to help mold him in the future and build off what we have seen him do thus far. He plays with an edge to his game and has a passion for the University of Wisconsin which will help him have a successful Badger career both on and off the court. I know our fans will enjoy watching him on the Badger front lines of the future.”
Duje Dukan (pronounced DOO-yay, DOO-kahn), a 6-foot-8, 190-pound forward from Deerfield, Ill., averaged 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as a junior. Dukan shot nearly 46 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the free throw line for Deerfield High School last season en route to earning All-Central Suburban League honors. During this past AAU season, Dukan was also named MVP of the Full Package Fall League.
A native of Croatia, Dukan is ranked as one of the top seniors in Illinois by the City Suburban Hoops Report and ChicagoHoops.com. Dukan is the son of Ivica Dukan, who is currently the Director of International Scouting for the Chicago Bulls. The elder Dukan played professionally in Europe for 15 years.
“I’m sure it’s been a whirlwind for Duje and his parents over the past few weeks,” Ryan said. “He saw his recruitment just explode and we are elated to have him decide to join us in Madison. With his skill level, size, mobility and feel for the game, he has the potential to be an excellent player in what we do. Obviously, his bloodlines are terrific and his parents have done a great job exposing him to so much about the game of basketball at an early age. Duje has the potential to play multiple positions for us and we believe he’s only scratching the surface of how effective he can be once he gets entrenched into the daily regimen of college basketball.
“He’s done a very good job in the classroom and that, combined with his passion and work ethic towards the game of basketball put him in position to have a lot of very good choices for school. Our coaching staff is really excited to get a chance to help Duje maximize his potential. Our university, facilities and people really made a favorable impression when he visited campus and all those factors really made Duje and his family feel at home. I think Badger fans everywhere will be excited to watch him in the future.”
Josh Gasser (pronounced GAH-ser) is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard from Port Washington, Wis., who has averaged double figures in both points and rebounds in each of the last two seasons. As a junior at Post Washington High School, Gasser averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game earning conference MVP honors. During his sophomore season he posted averages of 21 points and 10 rebounds per game.
A two-time Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first-team all-state honoree, Gasser shot 49 percent from the field, 41 percent from 3-point range and 81 percent from the free throw line. Gasser also merited North Shore first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior as well as first-team all-state accolades from the AP last season. Heading into his senior season, he is already Port Washington High School’s all-time leading scorer, rebounder and hold the free throw percentage record.
“Josh probably saw his stock rise more over a two-month summer period than anyone we’ve recruited in a while,” Ryan admitted. “Josh had an excellent summer on the circuit which followed an outstanding junior season. Anytime you can average 20 points and double figure rebounds as a sophomore and as a junior in one of the best conferences in the state, you must be playing the game awfully well.
“He is an excellent student who has a very mature outlook on life. Josh plays the game with a toughness and tenacity that many of the good players we’ve had at Wisconsin possessed. He’s a great leader who has earned the respect of his teammates at Port Washington by the example he portrays on the court. Josh has the ability to play both guard spots for us because of his basketball I.Q., ball handling and ability to make plays with good decisions. He told me he always dreamed of playing at Wisconsin and he has put himself in position to have that dream become reality. We’re really excited to have Josh and his parents joining our basketball family.”