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As he looks to put the finishing touches on his 2018 recruiting class, University of Wisconsin women’s basketball coach Jonathan Tsipis will continue to look forward with a group of future prospects scheduled to visit campus this weekend.

Imani Lewis, a 6-foot-2 forward from Life Center Academy in Burlington, New Jersey, is expected to announce her choice on Monday, with UW, St. John's and Miami believed to be the finalists. She also has considered Florida and Minnesota, among others.

The Badgers have lost out on another prime 2018 target, as Aaliyah Patty, a 6-3 forward from Montini Catholic in Lombard, Illinois, said this week that she had picked Ohio State over three other finalists that included UW.

Meanwhile, at least eight players in the next three recruiting classes planned to make unofficial visits this weekend in connection with Saturday’s football game against Purdue.

That group includes three players each in the 2019 and 2020 classes and two in the 2021 class.

The 2019 group consists of: Cameron Browning, a 6-1 forward from Louisville (Kentucky) Male High School and the Kentucky Power AAU program; Sara Scalia, a 5-10 shooting guard from Stillwater (Minnesota) High School and the North Tartan program; and Zoe Mackay Zucker, a 5-9 guard from Montini Catholic and the Illinois Lady Lightning club.

The 2020 recruits are: Brooke Schramek, a 6-2 forward from Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois, and the Illinois Lady Lightning; Erin Hedman, a 6-2 forward from New Berlin Eisenhower and North Tartan; and Sydney Jones, a 5-11 guard from Trinity Catholic in Ocala, Florida, and the Tampa Thunder program.

Two in-state players visiting from the 2021 class are Maty Wilke, a 5-10 guard from Beaver Dam and North Tartan; and Callie Genke, a 5-11 guard from Freedom and the Wisconsin Elite club.

All three of the in-state prospects have received scholarship offers from UW. Hedman also has offers from Green Bay, Iowa and Iowa State; Wilke’s pursuers include North Dakota, Marquette, Green Bay, Iowa, Indiana and Minnesota; and Genke also has offers from Marquette, Louisville and Green Bay.

Tsipis already has three commitments for the 2018 class: Carmen Backes, a 6-1 wing from Chisago Lakes High School in Lindstrom, Minnesota; Jasmine Hale, a 5-9 guard from Glen Este High School near Cincinnati; and Diamond Bragg, a 5-7 guard from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

Players can sign a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period that begins Nov. 8. NCAA rules prohibit Tsipis from discussing recruits until a letter has been signed.


Dennis Punzel covers Wisconsin Badgers volleyball, women's basketball for the Wisconsin State Journal.