On Monday, the Badgers took a step towards figuring out their frontcourt mix for the post-Ethan Happ era that will commence at season’s end by receiving a commitment from transfer Micah Potter on Monday. Potter is a six-feet-nine inch tall forward who previously attended and played for Ohio State.
Potter decided to leave the Buckeyes program prior to the start of the season. In last year’s campaign, he played in 29 games, averaging 4.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 0.4 blocks per game while shooting 49% from the field and 30% from three-point land.
Potter should see playing time at Wisconsin right away, as the Badgers will graduate star forward Ethan Happ and reserve forward Charles Thomas this season. Nate Reuvers will obviously play a large part in filling the enormous hole that Happ will leave, and having another experienced big man like Potter will make a transition that is sure to be challenging hopefully a little bit easier.
Potter fits a lot of the qualities that Wisconsin typically looks for in a prototypical forward in their system. Potter has some comfort shooting the three-ball, and Greg Gard praised him for being a “perfect fit”, saying “he understands the big picture”. Given that vote of confidence, it appears Gard definitely views this as a coup for the Badgers moving forward. Potter will have two years of eligibility remaining.
As a recruit, Potter earned a three-star rating from 247sports, who pegged him as the 243rd best overall recruit and 28th best center in his class. The Badgers had been involved in his initial recruitment out of high school, but ultimately did not extend an offer. In addition to the scholarship offer he eventually accepted from Ohio State, Potter also garnered offers from high-major schools including Clemson, Iowa, North Carolina State, and West Virginia.
In addition to Potter, the Badgers will try to fill Happ’s shoes next season with previous transfer forward Owen Hamilton and current redshirts Taylor Currie and Joe Hedstrom. While Potter should have a leg up on these three to start given his past Big Ten playing experience, all four could end up providing a sizable impact in some way for the Badgers in 2019-20.