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MADISON — Gus Yalden, a 4-star center from Appleton who plays his high school basketball at The Asheville (N.C.) School announced his commitment Tuesday to UW’s 2023 class.

Yalden is listed on 247 Sports at 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds and chose Wisconsin over Big 10 rivals Nebraska and Rutgers.


It will be a homecoming for Yalden, who said he’s been an Badgers’ fan ever since he was a kid.

“I grew up a Wisconsin fan. Being from Appleton, Wisconsin basketball just means more. It just means more to me,” Yalden said on Instagram Live after committing.

“I cried when they lost in the Final Four in 2015,” Yalden said.

Yalden joins 3-star CG John Blackwell out of Michigan in the 2023 class and the Badgers will be looking to add at least one more player in the class too.




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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.